A Valentine’s Day message from Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

Newsletter from the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts


Special Needs Paint & Release |  Saturday: Painting & Coffee | Macro Photography | Earring Drop in class and don’t  forget … your Valentine headquarters is right here!
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Our Elementary Show is still in the midst of being installed, thanks to the flu – ugh!  Hopefully, the rest of the teachers will be in this week to finish hanging the show.  Sometimes you just have to roll with it, right? I’m sharing photos of the students’ works that we have so far on Facebook – be sure to check in to see their creative, fresh and fun artwork!

Above you can see a little recap of our Awards Ceremony for the Winter Show.  What a fabulous night!

Check out all the new happenings below … and there’s still time to shop for your Valentine for one-of-a-kind, beautiful gifts made with love by our local artists.

director, MWCA

ps – We are frequently adding classes!  Our convenient calendar of events is kept up-to-date — take a look at it HERE Don’t forget our new photography class that meets weekly on Tuesdays plus a MACRO Photography Class on Saturday! Descriptions and details about classes can be found HERE.  You can also check out the Events listed on our Facebook page HERE.
Stud Earring Drop in Class
Saturday, Feb. 17 

Come in any time between 10 am and 2 pm and Stormy will teach you how to make wire wrapped stud earrings.  Choose your own stone! Many gemstone and pearl options will be available. $10 a pair and includes your mini-lesson.  Wow!
Last week at MWCA  … Susan Pelham’s collage class … Special Needs Class “Art Abounds” … Standing room only at the Chocolate Walk!
A young man came in last and asked if we carried pieces by Rozelle Bush. I showed him Rozelle’s blown glass works: fairie hearts, hanging flowers, heart votives and roses. He told me how his parents (who have passed away) had commissioned pieces by Rozelle and her husband many years ago. He lives in Texas now and was traveling to Tennessee but he drove an hour out of his way to buy two of Rozelle’s blown glass hearts for his sisters to remind them of their parents. Isn’t that sweet? 

His face lit up when he walked in here. He told me how they had come here as kids for lessons and camp. His words: “We really didn’t know how great we had it and how special it was to have a place like this. All my memories are happy when I think of the Art Guild.”

This place is precious in the memories of so many children, many of them now adults with kids of their own. Love that.
Valentines Day gifts made with love by local artists … And we have SO much more.  45 local artist-members have their original works available here at great prices!
Every Wednesday from 1 – 3 pm. Starting 2/7

Robin will provide a selection of 2 – 4 paintings to choose from to paint using acrylics. Please see our website class pageor the Gallery for her examples. Also other creative mediums will be explored, based on the interest of our artists!
Age 60+.

Instructor Fee: $20 for members; $25 for non-members plus $3 for supplies (pay Robin supply fee at class please). Please RSVP by the Monday before each class.
PAINT & RELEASE! for Special Needs 

Kids/Teens — Friday. February 16th @ 4-5:30 pm for ages 10 – 17

* ADULTS — Tuesday, Feb 27 @ 1 – 3 pm  


Paint and Release your imagination!  Spend the first half of the class painting Charlie the golden-doodle and then as a special surprise, Charlie will become the special guest as we release him from the canvas for the last half of the class.  Charlie is a registered Therapy Dog and loves people.

Fee: $25 for members; $30 for non-members plus $5 supply fee to pay Robin at class.  8 student maximum.
Saturday Morning Painting & Coffee:  
Join Robin on
Sat., Feb. 17
from 10 am – noon
for coffee, doughnuts and painting!  See example above.


This class is open to all levels of experience — beginners to advanced!  

Fee: $25 plus $5 supply fee to be paid to Robin on class day.
Essential Oil Mini Roller Make and Take
Join us Wednesday, Feb 21 from 6:30 – 8 pm at MWCA to learn how essential oils can benefit you and your family

We’ll have five practical recipes for you to make in convenient 5ml roller bottles for $5 each.

You’ll learn about how to use oils for many everyday issues.  Learn how to re-make your bathroom cabinet with natural, safe and effective solutions.

RSVP by calling 770-207-8937 by Monday 2/19 please or email hope@monroeartguild.org.
Fast & Furious Florals in Acrylic – Two day workshop with Melanie Morris.  
Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24

10 am – 4 pm both days. 
$425 for members; $450 for non-members 

learn more here 

Join Birmingham-area artist, Melanie Morris, for a fast-paced workshop that will help you create fresher and more intuitive acrylic paintings. 
The class will paint from life so each student will choose a floral from a number of arrangements that will be provided.  On the second day, the class will pick different floral arrangements and create more quick paintings for a total of SIX paintings!
If you want to create loose, colorful florals, this is the class for you.  This class is appropriate for all levels – from beginner to advanced.
A Cup of Love

From many of our Walton Writers …

A Valentine’s Day anthology filled with stories from the heart.

Thirty writers join to share fiction, memoirs, and a few tasty recipes to benefit charity. All proceeds go to First Book, the country’s largest network of educators serving kids in need.

As in real life, these stories include moments that are bright and beautiful, happy and romantic, and in some instances, sad with loss. First love, first kiss, childhood memories, a ghost helping a widower, an angel bringing a mother to a child, a box of old letters, therapy dogs, rescue dogs, a visit to Paris, advice for the broken-hearted, chocolate mousse, and more. The common denominator is love.

Why send a card when you can send an eBook for only $2.99?

Authors: Elaine Ambrose, Tori Bailey, Barbara Barth, Genie Bernstein, Susan Boswell, Kimberly Brock, Marlene Ratledge Buchanan, Jennie Campbell, Valerie Joan Connors, Doug Dahlgren, Kerry Alan Denney, Lori Duff, Nathalie Dupree, Audrey Frank, Cynthia Graubart, Sally Hamer, Tara Joyner Haussler, Jane-Ann Heitmueller, Lynn Hesse, Carol James, CeCe Landress, Georgia Lee, Mary Marvella, Karen Roberts, Jackie Rod, Amanda Stewart, Laura Templeton, Constance Walker, Randi Ward, and Renea Winchester.
  • Founders (Were YOU involved in the first year of the Art Guild?  Please contact us!)

  • Fiber Show (seeking fiber artists) 

  • Georgia Places and Country Roads — both urban and rural scenes depicting our lovely state

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Elementary Student Show; Reception March 1 @ 6 – 8 pm

See our list of Art Guild Members
(and hey artist-members!  If you have a website, Etsy Shop or Facebook page, please send the link to hope@monroeartguild.org)

Weekly Classes & Creative Workshops & other events

  • Weekly classes for adults:  Painting, sculpture and pottery

  • After-School Arts Program Tuesdays & Wednesdays for ages 7 – 14

  • Tuesdays & Fridays: Art Abounds (Special Needs Adults) class

  • Tuesdays: Photography Class @ 6:00 pm

  • Wednesdays @ 1 – 3 Seniors Shine Painting Class

  • Thursdays @ 11am – 2pm:  FREE Let’s Create with Robin  Bring your own supplies and a sack lunch if you wish. Hang out with other creatives – paint, knit, draw, write – whatever moves you! Robin will provide inspiration, encouragement and a little advice if you want it! Just show up – easy!

  • Feb 8:   Elementary Show Opens

  • March 1:  Elementary Show Reception and Pick Up

Support the local arts and get discounts in our shop and on classes!  Join us today!  Click HERE.
As always, much love to our awesome & generous business sponsors – thank you so much!   Please support these local businesses.  See them here.

Also check out our friends at On Stage Walton and the Walton County Music Guild who also make Walton County a creative and enjoyable place to live!

* on the website..
* A history of the Art Guild —> here
* Our renovation plans —> here 
* Calendar of events and classes —> here

Call for Entries 
Take a look at the 2018 shows HERE.


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