VAN WERT — Some of the state’s and country’s best watercolor paintings will be on display in Van Wert this month.
Currently on display at Wassenberg Art Center is the Ohio Watercolor Exhibit with the American Watercolor Exhibit stopping by next week. Both are traveling exhibits of 40 selected works to hang at galleries around their respective coverage areas.
“We’ve been bringing this exhibit ever since I can remember,” said Wassenberg Director Hope Wallace. “They are both very well-known and people come from fairly far to see them … it’s really an honor and we are very fortunate to be able to be one of the sites to host it. For the size of this community and its fairly remote location, it’s really a pat on the back to be able to host this.”
The Ohio selection has been on exhibit at Wassenberg since the beginning of the month.
“I think the Ohio is probably one of the strongest Ohio Watercolor Society shows I’ve ever seen,” she said. “The depth in some of these paintings are just incredible. There’s a painting of oranges and they are incredibly stunning.They just pop off the paper and out of the frame.”
Wallace said the watercolor exhibits have become a Wassenberg staple because its medium connects with the Van Wert community.
“The Wassenberg has had some really strong watercolor artists as members, and it’s always been a strong medium historically in this area,” she explained. “We have strong watercolor artists from the beginning of Wassenberg in the ’50s and even before that. I think once people started using it, it was just what they felt comfortable with and therefore what they felt comfortable sharing with others.”
Wassenberg offers classic watercolor classes every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, visit wassenbergartcenter.org.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.