Holiday hours and news update from Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts Gallery & Shop hours:
S P E C I A L HOLIDAY HOURS for our Gifts from the HeART Gallery of Gifts:
Sunday: 1 – 5 | Monday – Wednesday 11 – 4 | Thursday 11 – 8 | Friday & Saturday 10  – 5
Inspiration for your home … and your soul … right here!
local art | local artists
Check out ALL our December classes and events HERE!
… dozens of classes and creative events for kids and adults – visual and literary arts and more!
We are ever-grateful for the love and support our friends and neighbors show us – daily!  Your purchases, class-taking and donations help to support talented local artists and help us continue our work in our community.
Blessings of this season to you all.
We will be closed Thanksgiving Day
but will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm.
Come by and browse original works of art, decor, toys, jewelry, pottery and more – especially curated for the gift-giving season.  All locally made – unique, thoughtful, beautiful and affordable!
Shop small and win big – Enter to win $100 in Downtown Dollars (1 entry with a minimum $25 purchase – Saturday only)!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 from 1 – 5 pm
Christmas Tour of Homes in historic downtown Monroe – a dozen homes on the Tour!

Tickets are on sale NOW.  Learn more and buy your tickets online here. Or drop by the Center.  We can accept cash, checks or debit/credit in the center.

VOLUNTEERS needed to be helpers during the Tour of Homes on 12/14 – this can include serving as docents in the historic homes between the hours of 1 – 5 or helping at the Center before the tour from 10 – 1 to hand out the Tour Booklets. If you’re interested/would like more info – call us at 770-207-8937 or email

Painting, Pottery and Pizza Party!
Saturday, December 14 from 1 – 5:30.
Let us entertain the kids while you enjoy a relaxing time touring lovely Monroe homes for our Mistletoe in Monroe Christmas Tour of Homes.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here for a visit too!
The kids will have fun making a clay Santa with Rebecca and painting a Christmas elf with Donna.
$65 for members; $70 for non-members.
Register by emailing Donna at by 12/12.
new class!
with Ellie Cowan
Painting for Smarties
First and Third Saturdays from 10 – noon – starts Dec 7.
Acrylic painting class for beginners to advanced ages 16+ with Madison artist Ellie Cowan.  Basic techniques or start where you are!
Fees:  $60/month for members; $65 for non-members plus $15 supply fee paid to Ellie monthly.
Register online or at the front desk by 2 days before the first Saturday of each month.
Pottery Workshop 
with Rebecca Braswell
Pottery Make Up Workshop:  Standing Angels ($35) or Nativity Scene ($25). Make BOTH for a discount – $55. 
Friday night Dec. 13 from 6 – 8. 
If you missed our fun workshops – or want to make more! – come to this “make up session” with Rebecca.  Fun date night or girls’ night out.  Bring a bottle of wine if you like.
MUST register and pay by 12/12 by emailing Rebecca at or register at the front desk.  Your pottery will be ready in time for Christmas.
Thursday, December 5 from 6:30 – 9
Downtown Monroe event!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Kick off your Holiday celebrations with us at our 66th annual Christmas Parade…’s a night you do not want to miss! Applications are available online, but don’t delay, spots are filling up fast!

We will host our third annual Parade & Potluck for members starting at 6. Look for details soon in your Members’ Memo email!

with Donna Coffman
Painting & Pizza
Saturday, December 7 from 12 – 2

$25 for 2 hours of fun painting and pizza! Painting TBA – call us or check our Facebook page for updates! Register or ask for info by emailing Donna at Register by 12/5 please.  Ages 6 and over.

Girls’ Painting Night Out  
Friday, December 20 from 7 – 9 pm 
We’ll provide a couple of bottles of wine; feel free to bring your favorite and/or some snacks to share.  Painting TBA – call us or check our Facebook page for updates! Register or ask for info by emailing Donna at  $25 for members; $30 for non-members includes all supplies.  Register by 12/18 please.

with Stormy Wyles
TIME CHANGE: Tuesdays from 11 – 1 pm on 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – bring a lunch or snack if you want!
Bring your own material and get hands-on help and instructionfrom a jewelry expert – basic beading, wire weaving. basic metal smithing, etc. $5 material fee if you’d like to purchase an earring kit to be taught during class.

$15 for members; $20 for non-members. Take one class or take as many as you want:  Three-class bundle $35/$40.  Drop in class – pay Stormy at the time of class.

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?

A POEM A WEEK!  New poetry writing class begins January 7, 2020.  Tuesdays from 7 – 8pm for 10 weeks.  With Jessica Hudgins.  If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at poetry, now’s the time!

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, December 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 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 from the HeART Gallery of Gifts now through Dec 24

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 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 2020.  See 2019 sponsors 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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