Instructor Mark LeMieux and students model their costume and make up creations for our upcoming Stage Make Up Class. (Photo submitted)
Instructor Mark LeMieux and students model their costume and make up creations for our upcoming Stage Make Up Class. (Photo submitted)

In addition to our 35th Annual Wassenberg Photography Exhibit opening on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m, the art center has been busy updating all kinds of art class offerings, our 23rd Annual Artists Sale & Exhibit and forging ahead with the Armory renovations.

First things first! We cordially invite you to attend the Photography exhibit public opening reception this Saturday from 7 - 9 p.m. Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by The Upper Crust, Wauseon and the menu includes, Fresh Bread Sticks with compound butters, Tomato Bites, Dinner Roll Finger Sammies, Panini Bites, Cheese Straws, Sweet Potato Fry Cakes and for the sweet tooth, assorted cookies, Pecan Tassies and Mini Apple pies.

Many of the photographs are for sale and would make excellent gifts for those you love or to add to or begin creating your own collection. This exhibit is brought to you by Citizen's National Bank and the Van Wert County Foundation and runs through November 2.

The call for entries has been mailed for our 23rd Annual Artists Sale and we'll be accepting entries from November 6-10, 1- 5 p.m. If you are a practicing artist, hobbyist or merely dabble, for the price of a $20 artist membership you can exhibit your work. Entries are judged for cash awards. The exhibit will open on "Black Friday", November 23 at 1 p.m. The opening reception will be held on Saturday November 24 beginning at 6 p.m. with great music, fine food and mulled wine. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to begin your holiday shopping and purchase just the right gift for anyone. Unique and one-of-a kind items, crafted by regional artists make a wonderful way to say you are important to me and also a great way to support local talent. People appreciate art and in return, art appreciates for you!

The renovations and demolition work preparing our new home at the Van Wert Armory are continuing in earnest. The Building and Grounds students at Vantage Career Center are hard at work clearing out what remains of the ceiling tile tracks and old paneling. Windows are being uncovered and surfaces are being prepared for new drywall and other improvements. We again, thank these students and volunteers who have donated their time and energy to help create a new community based art center that will serve Van Wert in so many different capacities.

We've added more classes such as stained glass, ceramic/wood framing and basketry and they are now scheduled through March. If you are a member you will be receiving an updated schedule in the mail. Otherwise, you can see other offerings and sign up on our website, wassenbergartcenter.org.

We are looking forward to seeing the resulting creations. ...speaking of creations and creatures...just in time for Halloween we are offering a full stage make up class taught by Mark LeMieux. Mark has had extensive experience with high level costuming having won awards at area ComicCon conventions. He will teach you, your child or both of you how to create whatever creature you'd like to transform into this Halloween season. In addition, we are having a creative pumpkin carving class taught by Matt Temple and myself. Carve 3-dimensional faces in your pumpkins for a unique creepy, happy, funny glow.

For the holidays we have all kinds of gifts that can be made in the kiln and you get to pick what you want to make, from piggy banks, to a charger plate, a mug...the choices are vast. Also, a new Gingerbread House Class has been added to help with holiday decorations. Yes, we will be munching on some of the construction materials. Classes listed below go through November. For additional class offerings, check your mail, check the website or simply give us a call.

Drawing for the Fraidy Cat! (Ages 12 - 130) Instructor: Matthew Temple October 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Stick people are people too! This class is for anyone who would like to dabble but has trouble putting pencil to paper. There are NO mistakes so give it a try. You will be surprised at the results. $30 members, $35 non-members.

Experimental Drawing (and crazy techniques) Experimental Drawing and crazy techniques (ages 18-130) October 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Learn different and sometimes downright crazy but effective techniques. $30 members, $35 non-members.

More Classic Watercolor Classic Watercolors (adult) October 9, 16, 23, 30, 10 a.m.-noon Instructor: Pat Rayman. Students will learn some of the classic and time-tested watercolor techniques for a solid base and further their watercolor painting skills. Wet on wet, dry brush and other tricks will be demonstrated and explored. This class is ongoing but you can jump in anytime. Materials required. $30 members, $35 non-member. Sgraffito Pumpkins (ages 9-12 w/adult) October 23, 24, 25, 6:30-7 p.m. Instructor: Matt Temple. Ever wondered how they carve those super realistic pumpkins that glow eerily from within? $30 members, $35 non-members.

Stage Make-up (ages 9-130 (9-12 w/adult) October 23, 24, 25, 6:30-8 p.m. Instructor: Mark LeMieux. Learn how to create your own character just in time for all those Halloween parties or Trick or Treat. You will learn how to create your own character make up for your next event. $35 members, $40 non-members.

Even More Classic Watercolors (adult) November 6, 13, 20, 27, 10 a.m.-noon Instructor: Pay Rayman Students will learn some of the classic and time-tested watercolor techniques for a solid base and further their watercolor painting skills. Wet on wet, dry brush and other tricks will be demonstrated and explored. This class is ongoing but you can jump in anytime. Materials required. $35 members, $40 non-members. General Painting (adult) November 6, 13,20, 27, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Pay Rayman A general painting class, bring your acrylics, watercolors, gouache or... We'll explore combining paint and using your media choice on its own. Materials required. $30 members, $35 non-members Comic Anatomy (ages 12-17) November 3, 10, 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor: Mark LeMuiex. Anatomy? Fun? No way. It is here! Learn basic anatomy construction by learning cartooning. Not only will you be able to draw people better you might get an edge in school. $30 members, $35 non-members. Materials required: Sketchbook, pencils, eraser.

Gifts from the Kiln (Ages 8 and up (Ages 13-130, 13 and under w/parent) November 6, 7, 13, 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Matt Temple/Hope Wallace Choose from a myriad of items such as cute piggy banks, Russian nesting dolls, and functional bisqued pottery to paint and glaze as you choose to make for friends and loved ones. Easy and fun and just in time for the holidays! $40 members/$45 non-members. All materials supplied. Gingerbread House (Ages 6 and up (8 and under w/parent) December 1, 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor: Mark LeMuiex. In time for the holidays but munch too pretty to eat! Great way to spend some creative time together. Materials required. $30 members, $35 non-members. Materials provided.

Decorative Ceramic Carving (Ages 18 to 130), November 7, 8, 14, 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Instructor: Matt Temple. One of our favorite ceramic techniques around here. Sgraffito can be rustic and powerful, fun and whimsical or edgy. We'll teach you how to use underglazes, some stains and other techniques of carving through color to create dynamic surfaces. Sign up early, class size is limited. $45 members/$50 non-members. All materials supplied.

The Wassenberg Art Center's hours during exhibits are: Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 p.m. and you may contact the art center at (419) 238-6837, by email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org or via our website at: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 South Washington Street in Van Wert.