Matthew Paskiet heats up glass.
Matthew Paskiet heats up glass.

What do the Toledo Museum of Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Wassenberg Art Center have in common? We all are honored to be featuring Matthew Paskiet, a glass artist who studied under and worked for world-famous glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly.

Boxes laden with sparkling and heat-morphed glass forms and vessels have begun to arrive and I can't wait to set them up in their best light. The exhibit entitled, Expression-in-3 Forms will open on July 13 at our current facility and be on view through Aug. 24.

Work from three artists will include prints and intaglios from Douglas Fiely, professor of art at Defiance College and originally from Celina and paintings from national artist Helen Grubb will complete the triad. Doug Fiely teaches full-time at Defiance College and spends his free time painting and making prints. In the summer he travels the Midwest selling his work at art festivals.

Helen grew up in Sylvania where she attended a Hebrew day school and received her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Toledo with a concentration in Printmaking. Helen has done varied work in the arts. She has directed a theatre camp, taught children's art classes, and worked as a printmaking technician.

She currently has an art studio at the Gathered Art Gallery and Studios in downtown Toledo where she works on fine art and medical illustration as well as working in the Gallery. Like Paskiet and Fiely, Helen Grubb has received numerous awards in both regional and national venues. A public opening reception is planned for Saturday, July 13 6-8 p.m.

The 57th Annual June Art Exhibit, is in its last week and will be on view only until June 28. Several of the paintings and sculpture have sold. Before time runs out, take a look at what our region's artists have to offer and perhaps make a good investment.

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.