Local Arts are blooming in April: Newsletter from Walton Monroe Center for the Arts

Newsletter from Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

Gallery & Shop hours:
Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 4 pm
Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm

* first Thursday of the month April – October we are open 11 am – 8 pm
Inspiration for your home … and your soul … right here!
Arts are BLOOMING in April!!
Our creative workshops (so far!) this month …
Watercolor and Ink Miniature Paintings:  Saturday, April 6 from 10 – 1 (bring a lunch or snack!).  Learn how to create miniature paintings with watercolors and archival inks with watercolorist Twyla Gemain.  $25 for members; $30 for non-members.  Supply fee:  Please bring $5 cash to Twyla at the time of class.  All supplies provided.  Please register by April 4.  REGISTER HERE

Floral Design: Saturday, April 13 or Saturday, April 27 at 2 – 4 pm.  Learn professional floral design from 11-year professional floral designer, Maria Ramos.  Learn design, flower care and more to get the most out of your arrangements.  $15 for members; $20 for non-members.  Please bring your own flowers, container, paring knife and stem cutter and a supply fee of $5.  If you want Maria to supply the flowers and a container the supply fee is $25.  Please bring cash for the supply fee to the class.  Register by 4/11 or 4/25. REGISTER HERE

Spring Bouquet Acrylic Painting: Tuesday, April 16 from 6 – 8.  Instructor: Sarah Smith. Please register at least 48 hours in advance. Paint a pretty spring bouquet to brighten any corner of your home! $32 for members: $37 for non-members.  Includes all supplies. Sip & Paint – BYOB and a snack if you like! REGISTER HERE

Fanciful Clay Garden Art Creatures: Saturday, April 20 – one-hour classes held on the hour from 12 – 4.  Create a whimsical clay bird, cat or dog for your garden or patio with the expert help of Rebecca Braswell.  $25 for members; $30 for non-members all supplies included.  Register by emailing Rebecca atbraswellcr@bellsouth.net.  All ages welcome.

Pop Up Cards I:  Tuesday, April 23 at 12 – 3 pm.  Instructor: Maria Ramos.  Learn pop-up papercraft techniques.  Maria will teach the “slide” and classic “pop”.  We will finish two cards and start you on the road to building your own pop-up book. Please bring scissors, x-actor knife, triangle or small T-square, and different weights of paper.  $30 for members; $35 for non-members plus $10 supply fee to pay Maria at time of class.  Register by 4/21.  REGISTER HERE
April 6 – Saturday – from 12 – 2 pm. 

Ages 6+. 

Register for this cute bunny workshop or ask to get on Donna’s mailing list for updates by emailing her at donna@monroeartguild.org

$25 includes pizza and all supplies.

Be sure to register – this fun class fills up and we have limited seating!

Thursday, April 4 — First Thursday of each month – Walton Writers meets here monthly @ 6:30.  Are you writing something and are stuck? Need help with your characters? Want to read and get a reaction other than from your dog or cat? Tonight is about you and your writing. Bring something to share with the group. Time allowed will be determined by the number of folks attending. Hosted by Jessica Hudgins.
Free. Guests welcomed. Come if you’re interested in writing!

Saturday, April 13 — Second Saturday of each month – Second Saturday Open Mic Night (comedy, storytelling, music) from 7 – 9 pm. Free!

Saturday – April 13 — Meet A Cast of Characters from the Past: Saturday, April 13 from 10 – 3.  The Southern Pen Bookshop visits MWCA during Antiques Shopping Weekend in Monroe with a legendary sheriff during prohibition, an Atlanta Madam tried for murder, a Civil War Nurse during the Battle of Atlanta, Images of the Pacific Theater during WWI, the man who carved Stone Mountain, and much more.  Free!
Come visit our Walton County High School Show for an astounding glimpse of talent!  This show is open now through April 18.

These high schools are represented:

  • George Walton Academy
  • Loganville
  • Loganville Christian Academy
  • Monroe Area
  • Walnut Grove

You’re invited!
Artists Reception on Thursday, April 18 from 6 – 7:30.  Help honor these kids and see who gets the coveted scholarships to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design)!

Summer Regional Show
Open to members and non-members alike!  Download the entry guidelines and application form HERE.

Help us spread the word about your local non-profit community arts center and our upcoming Regional Art Show in these SUPER EASY ways:

  • forward this email, also share our posts on Facebook
  • come in and grab some of these postcards and distribute ALL OVER 😎
  • forward this email, also share our posts on Facebook
  • bring your friends over to browse the gallery and shop
  • talk us up to your friends and family

⭐️ did we mention … forward this email and share our posts on Facebook?!? 😁

  • Drop off:  April 30, May 1.
  • This is a JURIED show: This means that we will have a panel of jurists to decide which pieces are allowed into the show.  Not all pieces may be accepted into the show; application fee is non-refundable.
  • Best in Show Prize:  $500; other cash prizes awarded to place winners in 2D, 3D and Photography
  • Show judge: Alyson Vuley, Educational Programs Manager,  Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
  • Reception: Thursday,  May 23 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Pick up dates: June 14 – 15.
  • Fee: $35 for up to three pieces.
Summer ART Camp registration is open!!
In June and July 2019, we offer four weeks of mixed media camps; plus one week of clay camp.

Mixed Media Camps will be age-appropriate for ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12. These camps will offer a wide range of exposure to different mediums.  Our focus this year will be on Space; we are creating a Galaxy Gallery that will be in progress through all camps and open to the public.  The kids will create projects that they will bring home but also work together as a group to create community artwork for the gallery.  Our Camp Instructors are all experienced art teachers.  These camps will feature  projects that will expand your child’s artistic abilities! Each camp will offer different projects.   

We also offer CLAY CAMP.  Both hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces will be created in clay.

ALL Camps are $135 per week for members; $145 per week for non-members.  Pay for your camp first  After we receive your payment we will email you a Google Form to fill out on-line to complete your registration.

Please follow the instructions specific to each camp to pay for your camp(s):

Ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12
taught by Donna Coffman and Donna Guntharp.  Pay by emailing Donna Coffman

MIXED MEDIA WEEK 2: June 24 – 28
Ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12
taught by Grace and Rebecca McCartt.  Please pay HERE

MIXED MEDIA WEEK 3: July 8 – 12 
Ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12
taught by Grace and Rebecca McCartt.  Please pay HERE.    

MIXED MEDIA WEEK 4: July 22 – 26 
Ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12
taught by Donna Coffman and Donna Guntharp.  Pay by emailing Donna Coffman

CLAY CAMP: June 17 – 21 
Ages 9 – 14. 
taught by Rebecca Braswell.  Pay by emailing Rebecca Braswell
68 Classes and Events this month!!
Have you seen our new card around town? Thanks,Your Pie and so many other local businesses for supporting local art!

And a HUGE thank you to Sandy Blanchard for hand-drawing and designing this beautiful (and informative!) card for us. Oh and by the way, can you find Oliver Weft?

Be sure to tune into our Facebook page or check out our website for up-to-date class listings. 

We have both weekly/on-going classes in visual arts, knitting and writing, free creative gatherings, Second Saturday Open Mic Night and so much more!  Also once-and-done type workshops for adults and kids.

Check us out!!

Techniques and Traditions

Fiber Show
August 7 – October 22

This is a juried show. This means that works must be submitted ahead of time via email/photos to our jurists who will decide which pieces are accepted into this show. Not all works may be accepted into the show. Entry fee is non-refundable.

  • Accepting submissions April 1 – June 15, 2019.
  • Notification of accepted works will be emailed the week of July 1
  • Drop off accepted works – August 1 – 3.
  • Show opens August 7 and closes October 22.
  • Reception: Thursday, September 12 @ 6 – 7:30 pm.
  • Pick up – October 23 – 24.

TO APPLY Please pay HERE and also email our gallery committee for the submissions guidelines.

FEE: $30 for three entries MWCA guild members, $35 for three entries non-guild members Eligibility: Any artist. Works must be made of fiber or using a fiber technique.

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 on the website  …
* Handy calendar of events and classes —> here
* Class descriptions for adults and kids, free creative gatherings, workshops, reader & writers events and more —> here

Volunteer Orientation
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday,  April 13 at 1pm.  Volunteers are needed to act as assistants in our special needs classes.  Please email Shay Youngblood, our coordinator for these classes, if you would like to be placed on our volunteer list to contact when our special needs classes are scheduled.  

Call for Entries 
Check out our website for upcoming show schedules.

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Middle School Show.  Reception and pick up your works March 21 at 6 – 7:30

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.)  Our next Members Meeting is Sunday, April 28 at 3:00.
Support the 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!
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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