By Hope L. Wallace
By Hope L. Wallace

We are pleased to announce for the month of February we will host a Show & Tell exhibit featuring work from the Wassenberg Art Center class participants. Any person who has taken a class with us in the last two years is welcome to submit pieces of their work they would like to share. In conjunction with the Wassenberg Art Center art collection we are taking a look back and forward and it will be interesting to see the evolution of the constant stream of artwork flowing out of this art center. Please give us a call for all the particulars at the number below if you have something you would like to share. This exhibit will open on Saturday, Feb. 9 and run through March 3.

Our Trader Card classes that launched this past Saturday were a big er .. small success. Students were taught several different character development techniques by instructor, Matthew Temple and the group created several baseball sized art cards to trade amongst themselves. Artist Trading Cards (also known as ATCs) are similar to baseball cards only you make and trade them yourself! It's a great way to learn quick sketching and problem solving skills with no pressure. The medium is unlimited and can be anything from pencil to collage. If your young person has an interest we can still accept a student or two.

Heart on your sleeve? Weave it its own basket! For Valentine's Day Van Wert's Jayne Smith will help you create your own heart shaped basket in just a couple hours. Aside from learning a new skill it's a great night out with fun people. If you like bring a bottle of wine to share! Jayne has won statewide awards in Texas for her basketry and she wants to share her talent with you.

Let the sunshine in! Everyone needs more light shining in their worlds in the dead of winter and we have just the answer. Learn to create a stained glass piece of art starting Feb. 6 through Feb. 27. Taught by Van Wert's own Jerry Mazur, this well thought out program will produce a stained glass item you'll be proud to take home. Sign up soon!

Littles Art is back by popular demand and after that Ralph Stuckman of Celina will share his latest and greatest techniques of combining clay tiles you make yourself into wooden frames.

On Feb. 5, in conjunction with the Niswonger Performing Arts Center we are hosting a special luncheon presentation by the Center for Regional Development and Bowling Green State University. Katerina Ruedi Ray, Director of Art at BGSU and Michael Carroll, Director of CRD will share surprising facts regarding how the arts impact Northwest Ohio economically. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Collins Fine Foods. You are invited to attend and the presentation is free of charge, however please RSVP to us here at the art center.

Also performing at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, we're excited to hear about the presentation "Remembering Rockwell", by Ceci Wiselogel scheduled for March 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit the Niswonger Performing Arts Center website for ticket information. Tickets are only $5 and this is a great way to learn more about America's favorite illustrators, Norman Rockwell and is the next best thing to a Rockwell museum visit.

If you have any questions regarding the classes or programs and would like to sign up please call the Wassenberg Art Center at: (419) 238-6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org or register online at: wassenbergartcenter.org. Hours during exhibits are: Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 South Washington Street in Van Wert.