The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

Artists Exhibit opening party coming up

Join us this Saturday, November 16, from 6-9 p.m., for the Wassenberg Artists Exhibit opening party. This is a fun exhibit that arrives just in time for the holiday shopping season, with great original items available for purchase at reasonable prices. We will hand out cash awards, serve appetizers, and provide music and a cash bar. Join us for great art and great company.

Shop the Wass. The annual Artists’ Sale is going on now.

Thursday ArtNight projects will be holiday themed and geared towards adults and young people! Stay tuned for our one and done project sessions, just in time for Christmas. 

Warm Up the Ridge. We are again collecting warm coats, blankets and funds for the Lakota tribe who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We do this because merely staying warm in the brutal Dakota winters can be extremely difficult for the residents due to the isolation and poverty. Several people die per winter. Headed by Faces of Little Bighorn Collection owner and Wassenberg Art Center Board member Brent Stevens, this drive has directly provided residents of the “Ridge” some relief. For more information, visit Faces of Little Bighorn Facebook Page or give the art center a call. Posters are available for distribution to your organization as well. 

We still have ArtReach openings! Sign your young artist up for ArtReach now! Our popular after-school art program will resume November 5, following a hiatus while we looked for just the right instructor. We’re excited to welcome our new candidate, professional artist and art educator, Gabriel Yahl of Spencerville. Gabriel obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from prestigious Columbus College of Art & Design in Fine Art. Gabriel has worked as a painting, cartooning, and art instructor, at CCAD in addition to sculpture lab assistant. He has 10-plus years of painting experience and has worked with children in varying scenarios including 4-H and camp counseling. He has also worked at galleries and the Columbus Museum of Art. We are looking forward to being able to provide area young artists with a creative outlet. Please contact the art center to sign up!

Warm Up the Ridge Drive is open for 2019. Warm coats, blankets, space heaters and cash being accepted at the Wassenberg Art Center now. If your organization would like to participate please contact the art center. 

Access to public arts programming is shrinking every year. In response, the Wassenberg Art Center helps fill the gaps with its after school art program ArtReach and now announces wassenBox, a home delivery craft kit for young people. The subscription is $22 per month and automatically renews. The wassenBox will provide a new kit each month and comes with complete supplies. Crafts for two separate age groups will be available initially. Ages 3-7 and 7 and up. Kits will designed as gender neutral. While we offer a flexible in-house art program, families are very busy and the art can now come to them. wassenBoxes will begin shipping in December just in time for the holidays. To sign up visit:

The Wassenberg Art Center provides custom designed art, craft and creative classes and parties for private groups. Need a cool birthday party option? Give us a call. What do you all want to make? Contact us and we will brainstorm your next gathering.

Watercolor Class: Tuesday mornings; 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

Instructor: Pat Rayman. 

Stained Glass Holiday Classes are scheduled for December 4, 11, 18: 6-9 p.m. Instructor: Joe Balyeat

ArtNight: Every Thursday: 6-9 p.m. Free. Artist/instructors on hand to help with your project. ArtNight one and done projects will be starting soon with our new instructor Gabriel Yahl. Stay tuned while we get this art ball rolling!

The gift season is here and we are seeking great art products! Open year-round, the gift corner at the Wassenberg will be stocking for the holiday season. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit:

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or by email at

POSTED: 11/14/19 at 9:34 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?