Clay tile party participant proudly displays her finished tile. (Photo submitted)
Clay tile party participant proudly displays her finished tile. (Photo submitted)

The Watercolors arrived in all their saturated glory on a gray day. They are waiting quietly in the galleries ready to color our world for the Ohio Watercolor Society exhibit, which will open on March 9 and continuing through March 31.

A public opening reception on March 9 running from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Georgia Kohart, Defiance, Jayne Smith, Pamela Purmort and Ruth Duprey, Van Wert. One of our favorite traditions, the Ohio Watercolor traveling exhibit is comprised of approximately 40 of Ohio's best watercolor paintings.

Winners of this competition go on to compete in national level competitions of the prestigious American Watercolor completion. The artists from all over Ohio and some border states that are represented in this show are just another shining example of the powerful talent Ohio has to offer. Additionally, we are excited to be hosting the future American Watercolor Society exhibit in early 2015.

While you are here during the opening reception on March 9 we invite you to make a ceramic tile. We are creating 2" x 6" handmade tiles for use in and around our future home, the Van Wert Armory. After the reception starting at 6 p.m. we are gathering to create more tiles after the Ohio Watercolor opening reception.

We have 177 linear feet to complete so your creative, get muddy efforts will be truly appreciated. Creating tiles is not only for artists, so if you have ever wanted to try your hand at pottery here is your chance! Many areas will be viewed for the potential to celebrate our local culture and the Wassenberg Art Center is a great place to showcase such a community effort.

Speaking of light and color, the new windows are due to arrive at the Armory and the concrete floors are taking shape as Nick Dancer and his crew from Dancer Concrete, Forth Wayne, polish the surfaces into a sleek almost granite-look condition. Color will be applied when the floors are completely prepared and we can't wait to help with that, brushes in hand! Do you have any vintage lighting collecting dust in your attic?

Have you ever wondered where to purchase an unusual, one-of-a-kind gift? Check out our gift gallery. We get new items often and have just obtained local jewelry artist, Tici Schaffer's exquisite necklaces.

These pieces are show-stoppers and the natural stones used in the designs have their own unique story to tell. Tici has a great deal of design and fashion experience having worked as a buyer for well-known department stores and her work reflects this insight, right down to the last highlight on natural abalone.

On April 24, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center will have international National Geographic, photographer Joel Sartore for a color saturated presentation on photographing some of the worlds most exotic wildlife and another event, "Remembering Rockwell", presented by Ceci Wiselogel and 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 illustrator, 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 for classes 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.