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Texas icon inks Clinton

Editor’s note: Follow this link for the complete article: On Nov. 8, 2016, the American people will decide between two presidential contenders who represent the starkest political choice in living memory. They will choose between one candidate with vast experience and a lifelong dedication to public service and another totally lacking in qualifications to be […]

July 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Editor has always been ‘I’m with her’

Hillary Clinton on The Arts Among the many other facts you will discover in “Hillary Clinton on The Arts” pdf once you click on in the above, Hillary Clinton “Supports arts education being taught in the classroom…So many of our poorer schools have cut off all the extracurricular activities. We’ve taken away band, in so many […]

July 2016 | Posted in Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Comic creator recipient of Arts Award

Cartoonist and entrepreneur Jim Davis is among recipients selected for the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards. Born in Marion, Indiana and raised on a Black Angus cow farm with his family and 25 cats, Jim attended Ball State University where he majored in art and business. Over the years after an unsuccessful attempt to launch a […]

March 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Art-to-Art Palette NewsWire/AAPNW,Back Porch Section,News (Time related),Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Palette News Arts Network/PNAN,People and Places | Read More »

Is too much sensitivity affecting our freedom?

“Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them.” Everyone remembers silly nursery rhymes like this one. Have you noticed, however, that no one writes these cute little phrases anymore? Politically correctness has run amuck with even the smallest bits of joy that once touched our hearts. Being offended and […]

August 2015 | Posted in Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Stop in the name of Tranquility

In a time of terror and global threats, one has to retreat inwardly for our own sanity and security. Gandhi and Buddha taught that war was never a solution. Fortunately, I have found some amazing artists that give us a sense of tranquility and hope for a brighter tomorrow.      Through prayer, mediation, communication and […]

April 2015 | Posted in At the Galleries,Back Porch Section,California,Commentary,News (Time related),Palette News Arts Network/PNAN,PaletteBoards Section | Read More »

OH: Van Wert

One only has to type the words “arts” and “economy” in a search engine to find lead after lead of how the arts continue to do their part in maintaining and increasing economic impact in their respective communities.      Live, Work, Create is located in Toledo and is one such example. Working under the Arts […]

March 2015 | Posted in At the Centers dept,Commentary,News (Time related),Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Ohio,PaletteBoards Section | Read More »

Illinois chief says…

On May 28, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said about the passing of World-Renowned Poet and Author Maya Angelou:      “Maya Angelou was a towering figure of the arts who has inspired generations of people across the globe. Her life, talent and accomplishments read like an epic novel, and yet her works touch the mind […]

June 2014 | Posted in Commentary,Illinois,News (Time related),Poet's Corner dept | Read More »

June show on the horizon

              At the Wassenberg with Hope Wallace, Executive Director We are getting the place ready for the check-in process for our 58th Annual June Art Exhibit. While hosting this exhibit is all new to us in our new space, this is not the first time the show has been […]

May 2014 | Posted in At the Centers dept,Commentary,News (Time related),Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Ohio,PaletteBoards Section | Read More »

Champs honored by UW

“United Way and communities around the world wouldn’t be where we are today without the passion and partnership of these corporate leaders and their employees,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “They are helping us scale impact around the world and create opportunities for a brighter future and a better life for […]

May 2014 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette NewsWire/AAPNW,Commentary,News (Time related),Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Palette News Arts Network/PNAN | Read More »

They are among the best of bests

     Who we are, what we stand for, how we got there, and mostly why we do it are some of the overall criteria when we are under evaluation’s thumb, and it doesn’t matter if you are a people or a place: The scales of standards must balance. Notably, the Modern Art Museum of Fort […]

May 2014 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

OH: Van Wert

WHERE: Van Wert Arts Factory. BRIEF ABOUT: This 2012 project provides gifts for area elderly affiliated with the Van Wert County Council on Aging (COA) Senior Center.  With the help of the community, over $2,000 worth of gifts and gifts cards were purchased locally for the Grateful Hearts Giving Tree, benefiting 110 seniors.  Arts Factory […]

December 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Ohio | Read More »

OH: Cincinnati

WHEN: December 2012 Online Edition. TITLE: End of the Year Best Fiction of 2012 BRIEF ABOUT: AEQAI’s Editor Daniel Brown writes “Although The New York Times Books Review’s editors found 2012 to be an exceptionally exciting year for new fiction, I found the opposite to be the case:  2012 was one of the weakest years […]

December 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Ohio,PaletteBoards Section,Professional Court Section,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

The Lady speaks . . .

“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.” MICHELLE […]

September 2012 | Posted in Commentary,Video | Read More »

Arts in Learning

Recently, I read a list of 10 things the arts teach children (as well as the kid in all of us). This list by Elliot Eisner, professor emeritus of Art and Education at the Stanford University School of Education, reminded me to again stress how important the arts are in everyday life. Below is my […]

September 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

  About the Back Porch section cover art as published then by Gertrude (Wyss) Sluterbeck. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 3, 1915 and received art training at South Side High School. She took numerous classes and workshops, practiced her art throughout her life and especially enjoyed working in pastels and colored pencils. Gertrude […]

March 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Who says artists can’t be macho?

     Stereotyping can be one of the deadliest forms of criticism known to man. Germans love their beer; blondes are dumb, blacks like chicken and watermelon, and so on.       Forming a conception of an individual or an entire group of people without having the opportunity to learn anything about them is just plain wrong. […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Got Woodwork?

     Pieces have begun to creep in for our “Out of the Woodwork” exhibit scheduled to open on July 4. Do you have something unique that has been hand-made out of wood? If so, there is still time to enter it in this outrageous exhibit! Now, here is the easy part. You do not have […]

July 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Youth class offers many rewards

By Hope Wallace      The art of Zentangle is coming to the Wassenberg Art Center in the form of a one-day class for ages 11-14 on July 16 as part of our summer art camp series. Zentangle is an increasingly popular form of art which uses repetitive patterns and is suitable for any skill level. […]

June 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

In the long run, we all will stand by The Man

     When the California 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rendered their decision, banning an opening ceremony for public school children across our Nation—the recitation of the Pledge Of Allegiance, on the grounds it violated the Establishment Clause separating church and state because of the “under God” portion Congress added in 1954, national reaction was […]

May 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Art program truly giveths forward

          Off in the distance a siren screams but never comes close to deafening the war on the other side of the bedroom wall.  School is a refuge but strung with a whole new set of problems.  Finally, summer school arrives and a simple, lonely piece of chalk takes the churning, angry bomb inside […]

April 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Bugle Section,Commentary,Educator's Row | Read More »

Wallace talks about Bruce

     We all can learn a thing or two about ability from Bruce Lynn Dellinger. Bruce is an artist from Timberville, Virginia, whose work we are fortunate to currently have on display as part of “The Art of Therapy,” exhibit.  Bruce has worked with many mediums, but he finds that a No. 2 pencil is […]

April 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Center has new logo

      If you have seen any literature pertaining to The Wassenberg Art Center lately, you may have noticed that we have a new logo. Logos are more than just a way for people to recognize an organization or company — they are also symbols of what that organization stands for. A lot of planning went […]

April 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

They examine society’s jewels

     The role of a curator, in an overall general understanding, is one who is entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard a cultural organization’s collection of mainly historical or scientific tangible objects, however their duties whether it is for a small to large library, an archive, museum or art gallery, take on other facets such […]

April 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Bessire responds to mural uproar

UPDATE: A public forum entitled, “Whose Art Is It?”,  is set for Friday, April 8, noon-1:30 pm, Portland Museum of Art.      “A state long renowned as the home of Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, and so many other artists that provide the very way Americans look at their land […]

April 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Dual shows opens soon

By Hope Wallace, Executive Director      This Sunday marks the opening of our new dual exhibit “It’s in the Cards” and “The Art of Therapy”.  In the Cards showcases an unusual art form where artists create original works of art on 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards roughly the size of baseball cards, called “artist trading cards.” […]

March 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Week of the Young Child

     This is the Week of the Young Child and one of the most important things in a young child’s life is imagination.  It’s important to encourage children to use their wonderful gifts of imagination and creativity so that they grow up to be creative adults who can think outside the box and solve problems […]

March 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Looking ahead to the watercolor exhibit

     (NWPR-OH) – The Wassenberg Art Center’s exhibit, “The Art of Fiber,” ended last Friday. As these story-backed quilts and rugs come down to make way for the traveling Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS) exhibit, we are reminded how family and memories can be wound intricately within and how that can complete the artwork itself. Art […]

March 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Thank you for the welcome!

     Thank you to everyone who stopped by the reception on Sunday February 20th to welcome and support me in my new post as director of The Wassenberg Art Center!      The warm response, wonderful food and great turnout are further evidence of the good people of Van Wert’s commitment to the arts in their […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Hooked rugs and quilts featured

From Hope Wallace          By now I hope that many of you have visited the Wassenberg Art Center’s “Art of Fiber” exhibit.  This is a popular show and has attracted people from all around the Van Wert area and beyond.      The display includes quilts from the collection of Barb Pemberton and hooked rugs by members […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Who they are

          They are people who take on the role to deliver the goods, services, missions, objectives, ideals as well as participate in the unloading of the old and loading of the new, including assisting in the administrating, incorporation and the academic application of the ‘machines’ that ensure a proactive management of accuracy of the […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Words to guide us

     Hi Van Wert!      It’s very exciting to be here! I am humbled and grateful for the open, warm welcome from all of you. Thank you! It will equally be a pleasure to meet new faces and to continue expanding the creative journey of the Wassenberg Art Center.      In the many conversations I’ve […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Give children an ‘art center’ at home

     Children are our most precious resource.  They will develop into the people who will shape the future.  But did you know that by the time most American kids reach the age of eight, they have spent an average of two years sitting in front of a television?   A lot of children’s television programming is […]

January 2011 | Posted in Archives,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

MMA among one of the honorees

     (PNAN-MS) – As one of five museums and five libraries, the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) will be presented with a 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House ceremony on Friday, December 17.  On hand to accept the award from MMA, will be Director […]

December 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

No nonsense lady goes ‘home’

     (PNAN-NY) – There is an Australian Aboriginal Proverb that says, “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, director and co-founder of the Granger Collection, Erika […]

December 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Proof in puddin’ report validates the Arts

     (PNAN-DC)  – The recent publication by the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD), “Creative Placemaking” is a resource for mayors, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social and economic character of neighborhoods, cities and towns. In the words […]

November 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Decades of history blooms in book

     (PNAN-ND) – Although we might not use it now, in our thoughts we have a plan for it in the future. Those who may open our drawers and see all this “stuff” – it appears to be excess junk, but they are treasures to us and we continue to pile and pile because we […]

November 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

New Mountain senator names Bill to board

    (AAPNW-WV) – “I want to express my thanks to Governor Manchin for his demonstration of faith in me by appointing me to the State Board of Education,” said Bill White.  “I consider this selection a true honor.  I look forward to working with my distinguished Board colleagues and I am eager to give my […]

November 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

School to showcase its artistic assets

     (AAPNW-WV) – The Alban Arts Academy “Fall 2010 Showcase” opens on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, 19th  with works by students, comprising paintings, sculptures, which will be on view during the performing arts programming.      Tickets are only $5.00 and available for purchase by calling 304.721.8896, or in person at the center at 65 […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

‘Second City’ Editor’s pick

Where it all began “In 1946 Don Hall was a young Fort Wayne man with a background in the meat business, forty acres of swamp land and a dream. The land was south of Fort Wayne on Bluffton Road. His dream was a Drive-In Restaurant on that land. The day after Thanksgiving that year, the […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section,Commentary | Read More »

Her California dreamin’ is a reality

     PNAN-CA- It was in 1994 when Larisa Pilinsky aka Lark, who is an artist, art curator, and poet set out to leave her imprint on the art community by creating an awareness of both young and well-known artists. “We work to increase the visibility of talented artists from around the world and foster appreciation […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Yuletide decoration created the olden way

     (PNAN-ND) – Commissioned by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Sue Jacobson picked up her paints, brushes and fired up her kiln and created an original fourth annual Special Edition Ornament.      As genuine as daylight is to the morning sky, porcelain painting is an art that first began centuries ago in China, […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

They are feeling their heritage

     (AAPNW-KY) –Annually in nine different award categories, those who have made a difference, changed the course, upheld all what the Arts have to offer will be feeling those sounds of ‘my old Kentucky home’ when the 2010 Governor’s Awards in the Arts will be presented on Thursday, October 28 by the Kentucky Arts Council […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Georgia museum takes top award

     (PNAN-GA) Besides an Award of Excellence for “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection” exhibition, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia took eight other awards at the Southeastern Museums Conference  in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that comprised also publications as well as those related to the exhibition. […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Her advocacy for equality is US law

     (AAPNW-IL) –  “Lilly Ledbetter’s inspiring message and tireless activism helped to reshape federal law to ensure that women and men earn equal pay for equal work,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “Today, we salute Lilly for reminding us that we must continue to fight to protect women’s fundamental rights by strengthening our labor and human […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Those deserving sought

     (AAPNW-IN) – Almost four decades ago in the early 1970s, the biennial awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education, leadership in the arts, and at the same time built a statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Hoosier state. Now open are nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards, […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

And the top honoree is . . .

     “One of our greatest duties is to help those who are in need,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “The Governor’s Home Town Awards are one small way we can honor those who have selflessly gone above and beyond the call of duty to help those around them and improve their communities.”      (AAPNW-IL) – […]

October 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Hands-on program makes real results

     (PNAN-MS) – It takes practice, practice, practice to get to Carnegie Hall, but it takes a partnership to bring Carnegie Hall to Mississippi, and through Carnegie Hall’s Communities LinkUP! program and their Weill Music Institute, the Mississippi Arts Commission is partnering with Mississippi symphony orchestras to bring students an opportunity to study orchestral music […]

September 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Here comes Santa Claus…down Bismarck Lane

     (PNAN-ND) – The North Dakota Council on the Arts’ bells are ringin’ and its staff is singin’ inviting artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree that will go on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol building in Bismarck, and the tree will be lit […]

September 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Agency encourages first timers to file

     (PNAN) – November 1 is the deadline for the Minigrant application filing with the Mississippi Arts Commission. Offered in June and November, the Minigrants are to assist with smaller arts projects around the state.   First time applicants are strongly encouraged to call and speak with a MAC staff member about their project before submitting […]

September 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »

Land of Lincoln leader talks job creation

     (AAPNW-IL) – The 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference is the oldest conference of its kind in the country and the premier event for women business owners in the Midwest, drawing attendees from around the country to the Chicago area for development workshops and networking opportunities. “Our continued economic recovery is dependent on small businesses […]

September 2010 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Back Porch Section | Read More »







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