Sneak peek of a large painting by painter: Douglas Fiely
Sneak peek of a large painting by painter: Douglas Fiely

Once again we will welcome more artists to the Wassenberg Art Center by holding a public opening reception this Saturday July 13, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Lined up for Van Wert's artistic pleasure are Matthew Paskiet, former student and employee of the super-famous, Dale Chihuly.

We added an artist to be watching in the future. Chelsae Younkman recently received her MFA in Art at Bowling Green State University and has been selected to participate in the prestigious ArtPrize Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her large-scale charcoal drawings depict timeless scenes from American corporate life.

Doug Fiely, professor of art at Defiance College, is no stranger to the Wassenberg Art Center and his works from painting to prints fill our gallery awaiting display. Doug is originally from Celina and featuring his work in an exhibit near his former home seems only natural. Expression-in-3 Forms will open on July 13 at our current facility and be on view through August 24. We hope to see you check out this dynamic exhibit. Many of the works will be for sale in a broad range of prices.

The day is drawing closer to our watercolor workshop taught by world famous, Tom Lynch. Lynch brings to his class the same enthusiasm and energy as seen on his (6) national PBS series "Fun with Watercolor" that has been on PBS for the last 20 years. His vast list of accomplishments, credits and awards are listed in "Who's Who in American Art."

He is a signature member of the Society of American Impressionists and numerous watercolor societies. His work is featured in all the leading art publications including the American Artist magazine, the International Artist magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Artist Magazine, Southwest Art and Arts and Antiques. He has written six books on watercolor techniques. Among his many prestigious exhibits were a one-man show at the American Embassy in Paris and as the featured artist for four U.S. Open Golf tournaments and numerous PGA events.

Tom's list of credentials include: Two "Lifetime Achievement Awards," "Signature Membership" in many national watercolor societies, election into the illustrious "Society of American Impressionists," as well as "Who's Who in American Art."

Tom has been the invited "guest artist" for many art exhibitions including Sedona Plein Air Festival. Tom was honored in the American Embassy in Paris, France with a one-man exhibition. He has been cited in numerous publications including American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, International Artist Magazine, Art & Antiques, Today's Great Masters, the Wall Street Journal, and the color front page every Christmas Day for a leading Illinois newspaper.

Tom's video production won a Bronze Award in the "Telly" Competition, which focuses on video production, and compares to the Academy Award Program. Some of Toms' numerous awards include: "The Municipal Art League of Chicago Award of Excellence," "Landscape Artist of the Year," and he was the first American selected for Honorary Membership in the "Canadian Watercolor Society."

Tom has been the featured artist for the Men's, Women's and Seniors U. S. Open Golf Championships and several PGA events and tournaments. Much of his work has been published and many of his best paintings are available in Limited Edition prints. It is no surprise that his paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Cost is $125 per day with a two-day minimum with the first day of the workshop mandatory. Save $50 for a four-day sign up, $450. Sign up now, these spaces are going fast!

If you have any questions regarding exhibits, classes or programs or would like to get involved please call the Wassenberg Art Center at (419) 238-6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org or you may 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.