The arts seep into all areas of life, because it makes up everything
we do. So, because we have paintings of survivors of the Battle of
Little Bighorn, we ended up in South Dakota.
We traveled to Pine
Ridge Reservation to deliver the proceeds of the Warm Up the Ridge
clothing drive for a few residents of the reservation. Most of these
(may I assert) United States citizens live in abject poverty and this
level of the degradation of a people should not exist globally, let
alone in the United States. Life expectancies, infant mortality and more
horrific statistics are similar to many third-world countries. This is
While there, we met with an engaging person, Summer
Nikola Nige, who is working toward improving the condition of the people
of Pine Ridge. Vibrant and energetic, even with a foot in a cast, we
explored many ideas to use a combination of the arts and other areas to
potentially improve conditions at the ‘ridge.
One of the benefits
to any travel is the opportunity to explore other cultures. Culture
being at the core of any travel experience is shouts to the observer:
This is who we are. We and our differing cultures are integral to
existence. It doesn’t matter where or who you are, it is the same truth
the world over. Celebrate the diverse and support your culture It makes
the world go round. Don’t forget.
Deadline for Enchanted! art is
Jan. 6 and 7. Call for entries. The Enchanted Exhibit will explore
fantasy, faeries; and their gardens and houses, dragons, wizardry, elves
and anything that means magical to you. This show is open to anyone 15
years old and up and is an all-media show accepting drawings, paintings,
sculpture and photography. Art intake is scheduled for Jan. 6–7. A $25
entry fee gets you the opportunity to display four pieces of your
artwork from Jan. 14–29. We encourage you to list your work for sale,
but it is not mandatory. Complete guidelines are available online, here
at the art center or give us a call and we can send you a prospectus.
this week is…Fairy Doors. We have several different blank doors ready
for your embellishments. Hang them in your house, garden or hang on a
garden gate. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It’s
free to hang out at ArtNight, but if you want to take part in the
project, there is a small fee (check our website) which includes your
first glass of house wine (additional wine at regular WAC prices). Feel
free to bring snacks and invite your friends.
Watercolor: will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. – noon.
On-going. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat
Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.
ArtNight will resume on Jan. 5, 6–9 p.m. Just in time for our
“Enchanted” Exhibit entry deadline, this will be the night for making
magical fairy doors. You will be provided a blank “door” to decorate in
mystical ways with various materials natural to glittery. Paint, moss,
wood, mushrooms, glitter, and pixie dust — we don’t care, each
individual fairy door is your threshold into enchanted realms that you
can put in your garden, hang on the wall or tree. We encourage you to
enter your creation in our Enchanted Exhibit coming up in January. Go
here for details:
$15 includes fairy door materials and your first glass of house wine.
Additional glasses at WAC regular prices.
ArtReach (ages 7–11 and
12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available
in our popular ArtReach after school art program. Ages 7-11 meet on
Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art
program continues for the duration of the school year. Students receive a
snack and then get down to creating.
Parents can drop off their
youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides
students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has
been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other
academic and social benefits.
ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele
earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State
University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an
art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages.
Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art
Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year.
Supplies are provided.
All holidays and cancellations will follow
Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also
available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please
contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.
information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit:
wassenbergartcenter.org. 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, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and our
website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.