Special Holiday Hours and many more fun events begin Nov. 1 at Monroe Walton Art Center

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Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts Gallery & Shop hours:
S P E C I A L HOLIDAY HOURS start November 1
Sunday: 1 – 5 | Monday – Wednesday 11 – 4 | Thursday 11 – 8 | Friday & Saturday 10  – 5
Inspiration for your home … and your soul … right here!
Check out ALL our November classes and events HERE!
… dozens of classes and creative events for kids and adults – visual and literary arts and more!
SATURDAY SOIREE SERIES
SATURDAY, November 9

Oh no … We’re going to the dogs!  
DROP IN for these fun events for the whole family, even your four-legged children!
LIVE MUSIC, TOO from 11 – 2!•    PHOTO BOOTH FOR DOGS with props – bring your pups for a fun time!•    CLAY NATIVITY SCENE:  11 am – 4 pm.  Drop in to make a sweet nativity scene of Mary Joseph and baby Jesus. Meaningful project for ALL ages.  Children can make this project with the help of an adult. $20.•    $5 Learn it.  Make it.  Take it. Kids’ Drop-In Workshop: Drop in anytime between 11 – 2.  Paint a rustic wooden ornament with Paige Garvin.

•    MWCA CHILI COOKOFF & Fundraiser: Taste and vote on your favorite.  Buy a bowl with the fixin’s and a cookie — 11 am until we run out!  Homemade chili and more by our Board and volunteers. Drinks provided by Ian’s Hydration Station. Chili Weenie Dog, anyone?  🙂   (Yes, we will have a hot dog plate for kids!)

•    Walton County Animal Control Pet Adoption:  11 – 4 Meet some great pets, ready for their fur-ever homes!

•    Second Saturday Open Mic from 7 – 9 pm,  Music, author readings and storytelling!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
MEMBERS’ BUSINESS MEETING
Sunday, Nov. 3 from 4 – 5 pm

This is a business meeting for current members only. A slate of officers will be presented for you to vote on.
President: Denis Vogel
Vice President: Joe Gargasz
Secretary: Joy Poole
Treasurer: Nancy MoateMeet the board … Ask questions, catch our vision for the next few years, get involved and volunteer!As per our constitution and by-laws, we have reviewed our existing documents and made some updates. Our members will vote to approve the new updated documents.

Members, you should have received an email with more information.

KIDS PAINTING & PIZZA PARTY
Saturday, November 2 from 12 – 2: 

Thanksgiving turkey with pastels and paint. Ages 6+.  Register or get on Donna’s mailing list for updates by emailing her at donna@monroeartguild.org.$25 includes pizza and all supplies. Register by 10/31 – this fun class fills up and we have limited seating!
Book Launch and Party
Sunday November 3 from 2 – 4 pm
The Unfaithful Widow 10 Years Later
by Barbara Barth 

Join the celebration of the publication of the second memoir by our Literary Arts Chair!  Light refreshments served.
Southern Sisters in Crime
Sunday, Nov 3 at 3:00
A new writers’ group with MWCA; members of the national group, Sister in Crime.  You do not have to be a mystery writer to join, just enjoy the genre. Email Marlene if you are interested in attending.
SIP AND PAINT with Donna Coffman:
Friday, NOVEMBER 15 from 7 – 9 pm.
Paint this lovely wreath, choose your own background color.  We’ll provide a couple of bottles of wine; feel free to bring your favorite and/or some snacks to share.  Register or ask for info by emailing Donna at donna@monroeartguild.org.  $25 for members; $30 for non-members includes all supplies.  Register by 11/13 please
MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER …
Contact Hope hope@monroeartguild.org or 770-207-8937 … or attend our Volunteer Orientation on November 2 at 1:00 if you’d like more information about how you can support local arts in Walton County!BOARD POSITIONS OPEN
We have three Chairs open (events, membership and fund-raising) as of January 1 on our Board of Directors.  Our board is a working board and each board position has its own committee and responsibilities to oversee.  We have an interview process and orientation documents so you can have a clear understanding of what our expectations are if you are approved onto the Board.  You don’t have to be an artist to serve — just a love for this place, agreement with our mission and the time & commitment to serve for a minimum of two years.  You’ll make new friends and be a part of a great team of creative, caring people!Our #1 need — Fund-raising Chair:  building relationships and seeking out partnerships with local businesses and individuals to sponsor our shows; and other donation/support opportunities for MWCA.  Help is needed in a big way to seek out community support for Walton County’s only non-profit community arts centerHOME TOUR VOLUNTEERS
We will also need volunteers to act as docents at the homes and to help out here at the Center on Dec. 14.  Can you help for 2 – 4 hours?  Email me please!

SPECIAL NEEDS AND KIDS CLASS ASSISTANTS
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f you are available and interested to help during our SN classes (day time) or kids’ classes (afternoons and Saturdays) let me know.  You’re not committed to anything but will be placed on a list of potential helpers.  We really need more help as right now we only have 2 or 3 reliable volunteers.  🙁

SATURDAY SOIREE GREETERS
These are a big hit and we need greeters and all-around helpers on these days.  The next one is NOVEMBER 9.

CHILI COOKS
W
e also need chili makers for our Saturday Soiree on November 9. If you’d like to enter our Chili Cookoff please let me know ASAP.  We’ll vote on favorites in various categories with a much-coveted FIRST ANNUAL – and totally impressive – CHILI COOKOFF TROPHY.  We will feed dozens of hungry guests as a fundraiser for the Center as we have with our BBQ fundraisers in our past months’ Soirees.  We need at least 10 cooks to bring in one crockpot each of their best Chili!  JOIN THE FUN!

OPENS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Gifts from the HeART Gallery of Gifts!
Come by for the best gift selection around!  Affordable, unique, beautiful – all made by our local artist-members.  Home decor, Christmas decor, jewelry, pottery, original art and SO MUCH more!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 from 1 – 5 pm
Christmas Tour of Homes in historic downtown Monroe – over a dozen homes on the Tour!We are so proud to bring back this beloved Monroe tradition.  Please invite your friends and family!  You can get tickets (early purchase encouraged as we have limited tickets available!) up to and on the day (if available!) of the Tour at Monroe-Walton Center of the Arts (checks and cash accepted at the art center) or through this link.Your ticket purchase benefits two hard-working Monroe nonprofits:  Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts and the Monroe Junior Woman’s Club.  We need volunteers – email us if you’d like to help out in the Center or as a home docent.•    In the event of inclement weather, the tour will proceed as planned.
•    Tickets are non-refundable.
•    Due to the nature of the tour, we limit purchase of tickets to adults and children over the age of 10.
•    Please note: this tour is not ADA handicap accessible and some walking is required.

EXCITING NEWS:  We will offer four hours of art for kids aged 7 and older during the Tour (1 -5 on Sat. Dec. 14).  LIMITED SEATING.  Two hours of pottery and two hours of painting, with pizza and LOTS of fun!  Details coming soon and sign up early!  We will divide the kids into two groups of 7 – 11 years old and 12 and older for age-appropriate art. Your kids will be happy while you enjoy the Tour of Homes!

UPDATE: Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be here on December 14 – details coming soon!

We will have a booth at Walton Palooza on November 5 – showing off our artists’ works!  Would you like to volunteer to help?  Contact Hope at 770-207-8937.
Come out to get some early shopping done at booths from Walton Co shops and food by local restaurants!  Fun!
Coming in January 2020 …
Acrylic & Oil Painting with Lynne Ulmer starts in January 2020 on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 2:30. This is one of her paintings – isn’t it great?
Stay tuned for details!

on the website  …

* See ALL our events and classes —> here
* Class descriptions for adults and kids, free creative gatherings, workshops, reader & writers events and more —> here

Find YOUR joy by volunteering here!
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, November 2 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 
Members Show 2020 — Jan 8 – 31:  Not juried – 3 items permitted by members only.  Drop off dates: Jan 3 – 4 
Check out our website for updated 2020 show listings.

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Gifts for the HeART opens November 1.

See our list of Art Guild Members and Members Memo
(and hey artist-members!  If you have a website, Etsy Shop or Facebook page, please send the link to hope@monroeartguild.org. And be sure to renew your membership annually when we send your reminder out.  If you do not renew, your information will be removed from our listing of Guild members.)

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

Members Memo:  Insider news you can use!

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!

As always, much love to our awesome & generous business sponsors – thank you so much!   We are seeking sponsors for 2019.  See them here.

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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