Walton-Monroe Art Center Gifts from the HeART prepares gift shop for holiday season

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts 
Gifts from the HeART opens!!Artists and Makers are installing their booths now – most will be ready by Saturday 10/31!  Official open date is Thursday Nov 5.

Everyone’s favorite gallery becomes a shopping destination for one-of-a-kind, artsy, thoughtful gifts created by our local artists! 50+ artists represented – you’ll find something special here.

Pottery, paintings, photography, glass art, jewelry, decor, toys, candles, soap, cards and so much more! All created for you by our members – support local artists and makers!

We already have a few of our annual limited-edition Monroe Christmas Ornaments ready for you – an original drawing by Sandy Blanchard of the historic courthouse cast in pottery by Rebecca Braswell. Gorgeous!

You are welcome to come by anytime and browse our shop – you don’t have to wait until Saturday!

CANDLELIGHT SHOPPING IN MONROE 
Shop here at MWCA from 11 am – 8 pm on Thursdays in November and December – kicks off Thursday Nov 5 with the official opening of our Christmas Gift Shop!  Join us for hot apple cider and a relaxing shopping experience.
Other shops downtown will be open late, too!

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, Nov 12 from 6 – 8 pm
Join us for special refreshments, music AND … each purchase of $25 or more enters you in a drawing for a $50 gift card for MWCA – can be used for classes or in the shop!! A festive and fun event for all!
*Volunteers needed to help make this event special for our community – email Hope if you’d like to help!*

Fall Fest this Saturday!Monroe Fall Fest : City-wide events – October 31 from 9 am – 3 pm

Here at MWCA from 11 am – 4 pm on Oct 31: pop up shops | pottery sale | drop-in pottery workshop (monster planter) for all ages and more! Drop In for lots of fun! 

Pottery Monster Workshop –
held on the hour.  Noon, 1 pm, 2, pm, 3, pm and 4 pm.  Drop in on the hour for a spot – first come/first served.
Make a cute monster planter – will be fired and ready in two weeks.
$25 per monster.
All ages!  (Kids with a parent’s help) 

Volunteers needed to serve as hosts/gallery guides. Email Hope if you can help for a couple of hours – thank you!

Adult and older teen Classes for November
Details for Adult classes can 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.NEW CLASS (example above)
Introduction to landscape painting with Joe Gargasz: 
Tuesdays at 6:30 – 8 pm for five weeks: 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
More info and register HERE

SIP AND PAINT (no teens!) with Donna Coffman:
Friday, November 20 at 7pm – Email Donna to RSVP and get on her “education” email list for advance notice of classes – painting: TBA.

POTTERY with Rebecca Braswell:Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30pm andThursday (full!) and Friday mornings from 10 – 11:30am

Six week beginner pottery course: Next course starts December 1. Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm.  Register by emailing Rebecca no classes will be held Thanksgiving week (Nov 23-28)

KNITTING with Sandy Blanchard:
First and Third Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:30
REGISTER HERE

DRAWING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 3 – 4 pm
REGISTER HERE
no classes will be held Thanksgiving week (Nov 23-28)

Stay tuned … coming later in November and December: 
Woodturning Workshops with Todd Tetterton

Basic Digital Photography Workshop with Robert Richardson: Dec 12 from 1 – 4 pmKids’ Classes

Details for Kids’ classes can 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 with Rebecca Braswell: 
ages 9+ — Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45
Email Rebecca 
no classes will be held Thanksgiving week (Nov 23-28)

ART ASAP 
(After School Arts Program) General Art classes with different projects, tools and emphasis on skills each month. Email Donna to register and pay.  Space is limited.4 – 5 pm — ages 7 – 12 with Donna Coffman4 – 5 pm — ages 13 – 18 with Donna Guntharpno classes will be held Thanksgiving week (Nov 23-28)Paint and Pizza with Donna Coffman: 
ages 6+ — Saturday, November 7 from noon – 2pm – 
Email Donna –  painting TBA!

coming in December – Paint & Pottery half-day workshop for ages 6+ – Dec 5 from 10 – 2

ANNUAL MEMBERS’ MEETING
Sunday, November 15 from 4 – 5 pm
. We invite all our current MEMBERS to our Annual Members’ Meeting on Sunday, Nov 15 from 4 – 5 pm.

Business to cover:
1) Approval of two officers to fill interim spots on our board. Joe Gargasz (current president) has appointed these:
Laura Templeton – president
Paul Straquadine – vice president
2) Budget will be presented by our treasurer, Nancy Moate
3) Hear about our strategic plan and goals
4) Find out ways you can get involved
5) Meet the board, Q & A session

And some great fellowship time too! Light refreshments served.

For current members. Not a member? You can join online here
or join at the meeting..COMING IN NOVEMBER ..
SATURDAY SOIREE!!
 

November 7 We are finally holding a Saturday Soiree – the first one since March — yippee!! 
Three workshops: pottery angel ornaments – make two/keep one – the extra one you make is donated to us to sell to raise funds for our Art MD kits — $15 to make two — drop in between 11 – 4woodturning (more info soon!) beaded bracelets — more info HERE – please  email Julie in advance for a spot from 10 am – 4 pm plus it’s Paint and Pizza Party Saturday, too! (ages 6+).  Email Donna for more info and to register.Look for more info soon in next week’s newsletter and on Facebook.  Join us for fun for the entire family!!
Thank you to the visionary and generous business sponsors! In times like these, we have extra-special reasons to be grateful to our business sponsors.  

These businesses appreciate the good we are doing in our community and have said an enthusiastic “YES!” to our 2020 Business Sponsor Campaign with tax-deductible donations.  Please support these businesses and thank them for their sponsorship.

BIG THANKS, also, to the City of Monroe for the thousands of ways they help and support us.   

Your business can also become aligned with our positive message of the beauty and healing nature of art and our mission of bringing ART FOR ALL!  Learn more HERE.

Check out our website  … and calendar
 
Shop 45 local artist-members HERE

Find YOUR joy by volunteering here!
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, November 7 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 in January 2021

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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