Van Wert County Foundation Award winner, Allen County Morning by: Carolyn Stachera, Fort Wayne. (Photos submitted)
Van Wert County Foundation Award winner, Allen County Morning by: Carolyn Stachera, Fort Wayne. (Photos submitted)

The 23rd Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale is up and running and we are pleased to announce the award winners. The winner of the Mary McVay Worthington Memorial Award is Carole Macklin of Decatur for her reductive woodcut print, The Family.

The Van Wert County Foundation Award went to Carolyn Stachera, Fort Wayne, for her oil painting, Allen County Morning. The Douglas Koch Memorial Award was awarded to David Schumm of Bryan with his acrylic painting, San Antonio Nights. William John Jr. of Lima received the Director's Award for his painting of Secretariat and the Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award was given to Pat Pancake of Van Wert for her mixed media piece, The Glass Vase.

Erin McMillan, Van Wert, won the Clyde O'Dillon Wallace Memorial Award with her technically challenging hand-blown glass piece, Bubblesflower. The Van Wert County Hospital Sponsor Award went to Carolyn Stachera, for Eagle Marsh.

Four Merit Awards were presented in the following order First Place: Pat Rayman of Ohio City for Just Before Dark, Second Place: Carolyn Stachera, Quiet Morning, Third Place to Christelle Bowerman of Lima with Downtown Corner and also to Christelle, Fourth Place with Particle Strikes with Planetary Loop.

Honorable Mentions went to Ralph Stuckman, Celina, Ursula Thiel, Angola, Kim Purmort, Van Wert, Kay Sluterbeck, Van Wert, Pat Rayman, Carole Macklin, Elgarda McGee, Van Wert and Pete Temple, Celina.

We wish to thank and congratulate all of our artist members who submitted their work for this exhibit, which is our largest show with over 260 pieces entered. Stop by and shop for a special gift this season, hand-crafted by some of our regions finest. This exhibit, which runs through Dec. 15, is kindly brought to you by the Van Wert County Hospital. Shopping hours are Tuesdays through Sundays 1-5 p.m.

We are extending our popular morning Classic Watercolor class to the first three Tuesdays in December! If you would like to sign up for this continuation, give us a call. From the amount of giggling and lively conversation it sounds and looks like these people are having a great time!

We hope to see you during the YWCA Holiday Home Tour this weekend, Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m. and Dec. 1, 9-1 p.m. This house, our current location, is the original home of our benefactor, Charles Wassenberg and this may be one of the last times to tour the house before we move to the Van Wert Armory sometime in 2013. We will serve light refreshments and feature a video and literature of the proposed updates to the Armory. See how you can become involved in this creative place making opportunity that will benefit the whole community in the years to come.

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.