The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

Soups vs. Soups, watercolors, & Pint Night

Thanks to all who attended and entered their recipes for Soups vs. Soups! We had a great turnout following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk last Friday. We will offer this event for the next Chocolate Walk so be thinking of recipes to enter! A special thank you to Van Wert Manor for all their support and assistance!

Wassenberg Art Center Soups vs Soups competitors (from the left) Joy Short of the Farmer’s Daughter, Thad Davis (first place), Cindy Amweg (second place), and Mary Beth Bissel.

The second installment of “Watercolor Winter” will be on view through March 8. The American Watercolor Society traveling exhibit features works created by artists from all over the United States and the world including, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Spain. Most of the paintings are for sale and can make an excellent investment.

Paint your own Squishies! Our third round of wassenBoxes will be shipping soon and are a great idea for Valentine’s Day! Each box arrives in your mailbox monthly, is designed and created by the Wassenberg staff, so each box is unique. This is an economical and convenient way to supplement art programming which has been on the decline in schools for some time. This is important because broad exposure to the arts can enhance academic performance, increase graduation rates and even improve SAT scores. The kit arrives in the mail complete with supplies, a welcome sticker poster and a specially designed activity/instruction book. Crafts for two separate age groups are available, ages 3-7 and 7 and up. Kits are gender neutral. Sign up anytime at $22 per month. wassenBox automatically renews until you cancel. Sign up here: or call 419.238.6837 for alternative ways to participate.

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

Aubrey Gebert of Van Wert (above) and Second Crossing Brew Company of Rockford will be featured at Wassenberg Art Center’s Pint Night on February 27.

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 22: 10 a.m.-2 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.

Acrylic Painting: Instructor Mike Huffman returns March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 to instruct in Acrylic painting. Cost is $50 WAC members and $60 regular price. Mike is a life-long art instructor and professional painter whose large format, impactful paintings hang in spaces across the country. To Register Call: 419.238.6837 or email at Materials required, please inquire. 

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

Pint Night! February 27; 6-9 p.m. We will be showcasing our neighbor Rockford’s Second Crossing Brew Company! Musician for the evening will be Van Wert’s Aubrey Gebert. Free entry and open to all as always. 

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 email at

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