The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

There aren’t the usual exhibits, events, and art classes to share during these unprecedented challenges we all face. So I’m writing to all from me, from my new office, in my kitchen. It’s not a terrible place to be. My Labrador, Tate, is enjoying freedom from his crate. Plus, there are snacks close by. 

Many home offices have sprouted up around the country. This is mine. 

Matt, our office manager, Joe our event coordinator, and I have been brainstorming ways to continue to serve our area through the arts. We like to think we are essential in a support way, by helping to keep young people busy while they adjust to different learning techniques, hanging around the house by offering alternative ways to create. 

We will soon be posting some online demonstrations from our home studios (aka hamster holes) so the public can observe artists in their natural habitats! Matt, an exceptional artist will demonstrate some printmaking, drawing on a Wacom tablet, and maybe some other drawing/painting techniques. Joe will demonstrate some stained glass work, and I will be showing some ceramics techniques. 

The Magic Art Supply Box that sits outside by our fish pond is stuffed full of free art supplies! Go take something and show us on social media what you made. We also accept donations of art supplies such as crayons, sketchpads, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylic paint and tiny canvases. Please email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org if you would like to contribute.

We are accepting black and white line art drawings in a vertical format until Thursday, March 26 for incorporation into adult and youth coloring books. You will be able to download the coloring book from our Facebook page or email us a request. If you would like to enter your art, the winning artist wins $150. Email us at info@wassenbergartcenter.org for the details. We do have one printed version of coloring book available now in the Magic Art Supply Box. This is an illustrated book of African proverbs by Gary Friar, an artist friend located in South Africa.

Printed and downloadable coloring books are being made by the Wassenberg Art Center and are located in their free art supply box

In addition, we will post a video of our current exhibit, Pop of Color by Mary Hopson. Unfortunately, the art center had to close the day after she dropped off her paintings! These paintings are for sale and at very reasonable prices. We will also talk about our permanent exhibit Faces of Little Bighorn by Van Wert native, David Humphreys Miller. There are some stories there!

For cooped up kids (big and small), we offer our wassenBox. wassenBox is a monthly craft box subscription which arrives in the mail. Each box is designed and created by the Wassenberg staff — so each box is completely unique. Aside from all the benefits of art supplementation, this can keep young people busy for hours. Each kit arrives complete with supplies, a welcome poster, with coordinating stickers 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: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. or email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org for alternative ways to participate.

Stay well, make stuff. 

POSTED: 03/25/20 at 8:57 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The American Watercolor Society traveling exhibit will be on the next leg of its journey and travel to Maryland. Check it out before it disappears. Check out astonishing works created by artists from the world including, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Spain. Most of the paintings are for sale and can make an excellent investment.

Pop of Color, the works of artist Mary Hopson, will open March 20-April 5. 

On March 20 we will open the exhibit Pop of Color with Mary Hopson of Fennville. This is the debut for this artist and will feature approximately 25 paintings that will leap off the walls. 

The wassenBoxes keep marching out the door! We will be shipping for March soon. Hmm … what could March’s box hold? 

Each box is delivered 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 at www.wassenbergartcenter.org. 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.

Acrylic painting with instructor Mike Huffman will begin March 3. Openings are still 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. 

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, contact 419.238.6837 or info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

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. Two Bandits returns in March and we get to listen to Josh Silas!

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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 02/27/20 at 8:02 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

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 www.wassenbergartcenter.org, by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org, 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: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. 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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

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

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: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. 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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org. 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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org

POSTED: 02/14/20 at 7:39 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Soups vs. Soups! We still have room for some more sign ups! This yummy soup recipe competition is open to both amateur chefs and the pros. A $10 fee secures your spot to win cash, a bragging trophy, a Wass mug and glowing recognition.

Following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk on February 7, we open our doors to the sugar-buzzed, the cold, and the hungry to offer hot, yummy soups, and you get to vote for your favorite. To enter the contest, email info@wassenbergartcenter.org or call 419.238.6837. In addition this night we will be pairing Girl Scout cookies and wine and hosting live music by duo David Holbrook and Denny Altaffer. Cash bar. Free entry to the art center, open to the public, no tickets required.

“Daughters” an acrylic painting by Mike Huffman, who returns in March to teach at the Wassenberg Art Center.

During Soups vs. Soups the second installment of our Watercolor Winter exhibit will open February 7. The American Watercolor Society features U.S. and international artists who have advanced to this national level of competition. 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 Valentines 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: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. 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.

Paint your own Squishies is the next wassenBox art subscription kit theme. 

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 1, 8, 15: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fee: $45 WAC members cost, $55 Regular price. Instructor: Joe Balyeat.

Portraits Made Easy: Februay 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, and 24 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.  

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

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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 02/07/20 at 1:23 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

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. Winners will receive some cash, a bragging trophy, a Wass mug and glowing recognition. Free entry to the art center as always. To enter, email info@wassenbergartcenter.org or call: 419.238.6837.

A soup competition is being held after Main Street Van Wert’s Chocolate Walk at the Wassenberg Art Center. See how you can enter!

There is only a few more days to enjoy the Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit, which will close February 2. The second installment of “Watercolor Winter”, we will showcase the American Watercolor Society. AWS can feature artists who have advanced to the national level of competition. Soak up the color to brighten your winter. 

Squashies (paint your own)! Our third round of wassenBoxes is underway. We have been having a great time dreaming up and creating all of the unique craft kits. Each box that arrives in your mailbox monthly, is designed and created by Wassenberg staff, so each box is truly unique. This is an economical and convenient way to supplement art programming which has been on the decline in schools for some time. A broad exposure to the arts can enhance academic performance, increase graduation rates and even improve SAT scores. The kit arrives in the mail with complete supplies, a welcome sticker poster and 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: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. 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.

wassenBoxes are a monthly craft subscription kit designed by the Wassenberg Art Center. February was Lakota Teepees. Learn how to sign up. 

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: 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.

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

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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 02/01/20 at 8:15 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

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: info@wassenbergart-center.org 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: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. 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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

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

We are all back at providing art opportunities for the Van Wert region. See below what we’ve been up to and what art outlets we can provide.

Remember, 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. 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, scholarships available.

Sign up anytime for the gift that keeps on giving. The Wassenberg Art Center helps fill the gaps in art programming in a convenient way. The wassenBox, is a home delivery craft kit for young people. Each month, the in-house designed kit comes 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. Families are very busy and now art can now come to you. Sign up anytime at $22 per month. wassenBox automatically renews until you cancel. To sign up visit: www.wassenbergartcenter.org. or call 419.238.6837.

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.

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

Pint Nights: Every fourth Thursday 6-9 p.m. Free entry, craft beer or wines and live music. This month, we welcome back Zak Ward for live music. Featured brewery TBD. 

Join us during and/or after this year’s Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk! We will be serving yummy soups and doing wine/chocolate pairings. More information soon!

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). Admission is free. We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837, email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 01/09/20 at 12:32 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Clothing, blankets, and space heaters from the Warm Up the Ridge project arrived at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on December 28, just ahead of a winter storm. As you can see from the photos, this project is growing and required a full semi-truck to haul it all. Thanks to everyone who donated, we were able to send 100 electric fireplaces, 35 space heaters, 16 pallets of blankets and warm clothing, and four pallets of fabric. 

Crews at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota unload items donated through the Warm Up the Ridge project organized by the Wassenberg Art Center

Brent and Vicki Stevens, owners of our Faces of Little Bighorn Collection, and I will be traveling to Pine Ridge in January to follow up and brainstorm some ideas we’ve had rolling around. Again, thank you to all who have contributed, gathered and coordinated. Warm coats, blankets and space heaters are gathered annually for the Lakota tribe who live on this reservation. We do this because staying warm, and in some cases alive in the brutal Dakota winters can be extremely difficult for Pine Ridge residents due to the isolation and extreme poverty.

Remember, 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. 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, scholarships available.

Sign up anytime for the gift that keeps on giving. The Wassenberg Art Center helps fill the gaps in art programming in a convenient way. The wassenBox is a home delivery craft kit for young people. Each month, the in-house designed kit comes 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. Families are very busy and now art can now come to you. Sign up anytime at $22 per month. wassenBox automatically renews until you cancel. To sign up, visit www.wassenbergartcenter.org or call 419.238.6837.

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. 

Intermediate Stained Glass: This three-week class will delve more in depth in the art of stained glass. Several project options are available. January 8, 15, 22: 6-9 p.m. Fee: $55 WAC members cost, $65 Regular price. Instructor: Joe Balyeat.

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

Pint Nights: Every fourth Thursday 6-9 p.m. Free entry, craft beer or wines and live music.

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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 01/06/20 at 7:43 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The Annual Wassenberg Artists’ Exhibit & Sale, sponsored by Van Wert Health, continues through December 22. This is a great opportunity to purchase quality work for meaningful and long-lasting gifts. In addition, our gift area is open year round and features pottery, paintings, original, frameable greeting cards along with locally produced bath and body products. Shop the Wass!

The first of the Wassenberg Art Center’s new “wassenBox” craft subscription have left the building! 

We have until December 14 to continue to Warm Up the Ridge! Thanks to all who have contributed in 2019. We are 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, give the art center a call. Posters are available for distribution to your organization to host a cause as well. 

ArtReach is going on now and young people can be signed up at any time. Our popular after-school art program provides much needed support in the arts which assist a myriad of academics, such as improved math skills and critical thinking skills. Our instructor Gabriel Yahl is a, professional artist and art educator. 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!

Joe Balyeat, event & facility coordinator, helps create the in-house wassenBox: a complete youth craft subscription that arrives in the mail.

Because access to public arts programming is shrinking every year, the Wassenberg Art Center helps fill the gaps with its after school art program ArtReach and now provides the 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, a welcome sticker poster and a specially designed activity book unique to each kit. 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 have now shipping just in time for the holidays. December 10 is the deadline for Christmas delivery. To sign up visit: www.wassenbergartcenter.org

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. 

Holiday-Themed Stained Glass 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 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 info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 12/05/19 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?