The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

Pint Night, ‘souper’ competition coming up

This Thursday, January 23, is Pint Night from 6-9 p.m. Free entry, craft beer or wines and live music. This month, we welcome back Zak Ward. Zak have performed at nearly every venue in the northwest Ohio area and has opened for national acts such as Sponge, Finger 11, Skid Row, and Rusted Root. Collins Fine Foods will be here to discuss lots of craft beers and luscious wines. 

Portraits Made Easy, an introductory class taught by Gabriel Yahl, will be held at Wassenberg Art Center, beginning in February.

Soups vs. Soups! Sign up for this “souper” competition open to both amateur chefs and the pros! Following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk on February 7, we open our doors to the tired, the cold, the hungry and offer hot, yummy soups. You get to choose your favorite!

We will also be pairing chocolates and wine (in case you haven’t had enough). We will have live music by Jimmy Holbrook (solo). A $10 entry fee is required. Winner will receive some cash, a bragging trophy, a Wass mug and glowing recognition.

Free entry to the art center as always. To enter email: or call: 419.238.6837.

The Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit is currently underway through February 2. The Ohio Watercolor Society is the first installment in our “Watercolor Winter”. Following the competitive Ohio group, we will showcase the American Watercolor Society. AWS can feature some of the same Ohio artists who have advanced to the national level of competition. Soak up the color to brighten your winter. 

We are on our third round of wassenBoxes and have been having a great time dreaming up all of the themes. Each box is designed and created by Wassenberg staff, so your box is truly unique.  This is a great way to supplement declining art programming in a convenient way. The wassenBox, is a home delivery craft kit for young people. Each month, the kit arrives in the mail with complete supplies, a welcome sticker poster and a specially designed activity book unique to each kit. Crafts for two separate age groups are available, ages 3–7 and 7 and up. Kits are designed as gender neutral. Sign up anytime at $22 per month. wassenBox automatically renews until you cancel. Sign up here: or call 419.238.6837.

If your young artist prefers hands on, students can sign up for our ArtReach after school art program any month and stop if schedules become hectic then sign up again when convenient! With cooped up winter coming on, art can be a great outlet! This art program also provides much needed support in the arts which assist a myriad of academics, like improved math and critical thinking skills. Our instructor Gabriel Yahl is a, professional artist and art educator with 10-plus years of art experience. Please contact the art center to sign up, scholarships available.

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

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

Beginner Stained Glass: Learn the basics of making stained glass and take home your very own sun catcher. Participants will learn how to cut, shape, foil-wrap, and solder a small stained-glass project using the Tiffany foil-wrap method. Class participants will be able to choose from a few select projects. Several project options are available. February 1, 8, 15: 6-9 p.m. Fee: $45 WAC members cost, $55 Regular price. Instructor: Joe Balyeat.

Portraits Made Easy: February 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m. The ever intimidating portrait … not anymore. Our skilled instructor, Gabriel Yahl will guide you through the process like a sailboat on calm seas. Materials provided. Bring photographs or magazine clippings for reference. $40 WAC members, $50 regular price. Sign up now. Pay upon arrival.

ArtNight: Every Thursday 6-9 p.m. Free. Artist/instructors on hand to help with your project.

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: 01/22/20 at 8:46 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?