Glass earring selection $8-$10.
Glass earring selection $8-$10.
You have until December 15, to shop the Wass! The 23rd Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale representing 44 artists featuring over 260 pieces in every price range! We have sculpture, pottery, original paintings, woven items and woodworking. Most of our one-of-a-kind jewelry items are available for the price of manufactured, commercial jewelry. Our hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. We're also known to have cookies on hand if you are feeling snacky. Thank you to the Van Wert County Hospital for sponsoring this event.

We are adding classes to our winter schedule! Student classes are typically scheduled for Saturdays during the school year to make it easier for young people to take a class due to their challenging schedules. We are adding adult Ceramic Carving on January 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10 a.m. Drawing for the Fraidy Cat on February 2, 9, 16 from 10 a.m. - noon and in March we'll offer for youth Ceramics, Hand Building: on March 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Animé/Manga is back with a vengeance April 6, 13, 20, 27, from 10 a.m. - noon. Check out our website for more class offerings. You can easily sign online too.

If you visited us during the YWCA Holiday Home Tour this past weekend, thank you! We were glad to see so many of you out and about. We were also very happy to share our thoughts about our upcoming move to the Van Wert Armory. Presentations on this positive, Van Wert development are available so let us know if your organization would be interested in learning more about the Wassenberg Art Center's move and how the arts impact Northwest Ohio's economy.

I was reminded of a favorite poem today. The first time I was aware of this poem, it was being read by its author, Maya Angelou on a television off in the distance of a long forgotten waiting room or lobby. Years later, it still makes me sit up, pay attention and inspires me. Written about slavery and the persistent human spirit, this poem with its rich visual style is relevant to all. The first few verses go like this: "You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."

The 23rd Annual Artist's Exhibit and Sale is our last exhibit of 2012. In the coming months we'll take time to begin to shape the Van Wert Armory from a dark, vacant building to a bright spot on our cityscape. The Armory will rise to become a relevant component of this community. It is an enormous, multi-faceted project and will certainly be an journey not to be missed.

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 S. Washington St. in Van Wert.