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Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

Wassenberg offers prints

Want a super easy way to collect original art of your surrounding community? Each year the Wassenberg Art Center creates one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled prints of our grounds and Van Wert. Each print is given to anyone who purchases a $45 family membership to the Wassenberg Art Center!

Bandit, the Thieving Raccoon (who graces the Teen Creek footbridge) will be the subject of our original, individually tinted, signed, and numbered print series for the Wassenberg Art Center.

Our second piece in the series is created by Matt Temple, WAC office manager, and features a drawing of Bandit, the Thieving Raccoon sculpture, which sits on the Town Creek footbridge. This type of art is carved onto a linoleum block, then individually printed, tinted, numbered, and signed by Matt. This is a great way to support your community and get real art for a great price. 

You can join the art center to get your free Bandit, online at, by email at, or by calling 419.238.6837.

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.

The time is now to sign up for the next round of wassenBoxes. Our in-house designed craft kit for young people arrives in your mailbox monthly, with complete supplies to make a unique craft. This is an economical and convenient way to supplement crucial art involvement for your child’s education.  Broad exposure to the arts can enhance academic performance, increase graduation rates and even improve SAT scores. The kit contains 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. Each box $22 and 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. 

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. You can still jump in on the portrait action. 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: Sign up soon, this class is popular! 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 the above email address.

Materials required, please inquire. 

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

Rockford’s brand new Second Crossing Brew Company, Aubrey Gebert, and Rockford Carryout’s unique beer cheese and soft pretzels will be featured February 27 for Pint Night at the Wassenberg Art Center.

Pint Night! February 27; 6-9 p.m. We will be showcasing our neighbor Rockford’s brand new, Second Crossing Brew Co. and special recipe beer cheese and soft pretzels by Rockford Carryout! Musician for the evening will be Van Wert’s, Aubrey Gebert. Free entry and open to all as always. Tastings are free, cash bar.

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

POSTED: 02/20/20 at 8:37 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?