Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts – in Memory of Bobbie Austin

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts  Shop hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 11 – 4 | Friday & Saturday 10 – 5 
Be an Art Ambassador … In memory of Bobbie Austin
It is with much sadness that we have to pass on the news that our beloved Bobbie passed away on Sunday, August 2.Bobbie was a force of nature who loved peanut butter and chocolate … and art. She almost single-handedly kept this place going for years — teaching drawing to children and sculpture and painting to adults. She served on our Board of Directors in years past and while she was not a “founder”, she was involved in the early years of the guild.She was a gifted artist who did not put up with nonsense and extraneous matters. She would often say, “I just want to teach!” She wanted MWCA to open to all, to be a strong presence in our community and to be greatly used.She was a terrific teacher and advocate for the arts. Many in our community will remember being taught ART by Bobbie. She will be missed.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to us. Checks can be mailed to the Monroe-Walton Art Center, PO BOX 125, Monroe, GA 30655 or you can donate any amount in her name online. All funds will be used to further our Art Education programming here at MWCA.Online donations can be made here in memory of Bobbie.

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Volunteers Needed

If you’re wondering how YOU can help support local art, here’s a couple of volunteer opportunities in support of our Regional Show. By the way, I’m hearing from many artists who are thrilled that we are hosting a “real” in-person show.August 21-22
We will have drop-off for accepted pieces into the regional show on Friday – Saturday August 21-22 from 11 am – 5 pm. We need a couple of volunteers to man the intake table through the day, woking in shifts of your choosing, of course.August 24
We will hang the show Monday, August 24. This usually takes 3-4 hours at most, depend on how many helpers we have. Four to six volunteers would be great.If you are interested (no experience needed) let me know if you’re available for the intake and/or the hanging and what hours if so? How much time you spend is up to you – anything between an hour to three hours is fine.Email if you can help.We have 25 artists so far who have entered the show. We have another week before the deadline closes on 8/15. I’m hoping to have at least 30-40 artists enter.THANK YOU!!

August 15 deadline to get your application in! 
Pre-show jurying process online for our Regional Juried Show in AugustOur Juried Regional Show is an open call to all artists – members and non-members alike. A juried art show is one at which prospective artists will submit their works for review by a panel of jurors. 

SHOW FEE: $35 for up to three works. Only one application per artist is allowed.

SHOW DATES: Opens: August 25 | Closes: Oct 22

ONLINE submissions for pre-show jurying process due no later than 11:59 pm Saturday, Aug 15 . You can submit anytime between now and August 15 – – see the “PROCEDURE TO ENTER” below.

Please use a GMAIL address, if possible.Be sure that you follow all guidelines found HERE
After we receive your fee we will email you an online Google Form for you to fill out (include one to three photos per piece) and email backWe must receive BOTH your fee and application by August 15.Works accepted into the show must be dropped off Friday/Saturday August 21-22 (11am – 5pm)Please note that the jurors may choose as appropriate for this show anywhere from zero to all three of the works you submit. Fee is non-refundable.

All the details can be found HERE

Adult and older teen Classes for August
Details for Adult classes can also be found HERE on our website.  Teens 16+ are welcome in most of our Adult Classes.  Register at least 24 hours in advance.  Space is limited and classes may fill early.KNITTING: First and Third Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:30

DRAWING: Wednesdays from 3 – 4 pm

POTTERY: Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30pm and Thursdays from 10 – 11:30am
Register by emailing Rebecca ~~ Friday morning class opening soon!

SIP AND PAINT (no teens!): Friday, August 21 at 7pm –
Email Donna for more information – this month’s painting is shown above. This painting is very expressive and uses many different mark-making techniques!! 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Returns in September as a four-week course – details TBA!Kids’ Classes
Details for Kids’ classes can also be found HERE on our website.  
Email the teacher to register at least 24 hours in advance.  Space is limited and classes may fill early.Pottery: ages 9+ — Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45
Email Rebecca 

Art Lab: ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12 — Saturday August 22 from 10 – noon
Email Donna

Paint and Pizza: ages 6+ — Saturday, September 5 from noon – 2pm – 
Email Donna –  painting TBA

* Coming in September *
Art-FULL Tuesdays: A full afternoon of art classes on Tuesdays (with a possible overflow day if Tuesdays get full) for ages 4 years old – high school.  

ART ASAP (After School Arts Program) also starts in September – Tuesdays late afternoon/early evening. 

***Please email Donna to express your interest in either of these classes.  Space is limited.***
Online Volunteer Survey
SURVEY can be found HEREAs our area’s only non-profit community arts center, we depend on volunteers to help us in BIG ways to fulfill our two-fold mission of: 
1) creating a thriving arts community through education, outreach and opportunities to ensure all people in Walton County have access to the many benefits of the arts 
2)  supporting the vital work of local artists and ​crafts people in Walton County, creating a beautiful and vibrant community.

Volunteers are much needed and very appreciated!  If you have volunteered in the past, we hope you know how crucial your contribution is.  We love our volunteers!

We are seeking to build our committees that support our on-going goals.  If you are interested in helping us (or continuing to help us) with the important work of sharing the beauty and healing nature of art, please consider filling out the survey and returning it to us.  We will funnel your survey, reflecting your interests, to the appropriate committee(s).

Volunteers come in at their convenience.  We will do our best to match you to duties that uses your talents & interests, gives your purpose & joy and will introduce you to new friends!

Please take a look and consider filling out this SUPER SHORT (four questions!) interest survey.  This does not commit you to anything, but will give you a chance to learn about ways you can help.   And you can choose, of course, when you are ready to get involved.
Check out our website  … and calendar
Shop 45 local artist-members HERE

Find YOUR joy by volunteering here!
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, September 5 at 1pm.  You don’t have to be an artist to volunteer.  Help is needed in many ways!

Learn more about our Art MD Healing Art Kits and our Healing Arts Outreach programs — plus ways you can help HERE.

*** Call for Entries – Regional Juried Show and Christmas Gift Show ***

Support local arts and get discounts in our shop and on classes!  Join us today!  Click HERE.

We can host your private party!  From a child’s birthday party to a girls’ night out or bridal or baby shower … if you want to add some sparkle and artistic shine to your party – check this out!
Also check out our friends at Walton Writers and On Stage Walton who also make Walton County a creative and enjoyable place to live!

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