MWCA hosts special show on March 20 to Remember Bobbie Austin

Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts <– see our March calendar … always adding new classes and events so check back often!
Remembering Bobbie Austin
Saturday, March 20

Join with Bobbie’s family and friends for a time of celebrating her life and art.
March 20, 1943 – August 2, 2020

Many of you know how important Bobbie Austin was to us here at MWCA. She was a stalwart supporter of local arts, volunteering and teaching here for many years. There were times when Bobbie was the only teacher here – teaching children and adults alike, everything from sculpting to painting and drawing. Her loss was deeply felt region-wide in the arts community. She was an admired, respected and beloved artist, teacher, friend and so much more.

Bobbie’s daughters are sharing many of her works here for a one-woman show on Saturday, March 20. Those of you who knew Bobbie will love seeing this perspective of her lifetime of art work; those who didn’t will enjoy this introduction to “our Bobbie” and her amazing talent. Some works will be available for purchase.

From 5:30 – 7:30 join us – her family, friends and admirers – in the celebration of a life well lived.

If you have a Bobbie story to share – we’d love to hear it.

Saturday Soiree

March 20Two drop-in workshops for you to choose from – pottery and beading. Both are appropriate for all ages – littles will need the assistance of a parent.

Come out and design your own beautiful purple bracelet! Lots of different center pieces and purple beads to choose from. $10 per bracelet.
There will be three times to choose from:
10:00 – 11:00
11:30 – 12:30
1:00 – 2:00
While masks are not generally required for our classes or to enter the art center, Julie is requesting that you wear a mask in the beading classroom order to attend her workshop. She will also take temperatures before you enter the beading classroom.
Only 6 students for each session. If you would like to reserve a time in advance, email Julie at

Build a planter or catch-all with Rebecca downstairs in the pottery studio. Ten students maximum per workshop time. Masks are not required.
Classes start at these times – drop-in and have fun!
$25 each. Planters will be ready in about two weeks.

Garden Tour!Tickets go on sale — in person only at MWCA — April 1 and are available through April 30 for an early bird discount of $25. 
Early bird purchasers will be entered in a drawing for a fabulous garden-themed gift basket and other prizes!

An up close and intimate look at some of the prettiest gardens in our community …
Ten gardens on tour: Seven lovely home gardens in downtown Monroe and “greater Monroe” plus three unique specialty public gardens featured.

En plein air painters or gardening experts will be in some gardens to demonstrate or answer questions on gardening topics for an artistic, fun, educational and immersive garden experience!

From May 1 – 15 ticket price will be $30

Only a limited number are available; ticket sales will end when we sell out!

This tour of lovely gardens in Monroe will inspire your creativity and delight your sense!  Relax, find a moment to meditate on the natural beauty, artitry — and hard work! — of the gardens presents.

Volunteers needed, too!
You can help by being a garden tour guide, a plein air painter or by being a speaker (sharing your garden know-how).  Volunteers work a half-day (three hours) and receive as a thank-you gift a free ticket to see the tour on their time off.  Email Hope if you’d like more information.

Learn more HERE

Elementary Student Art ShowCome see the happiest and most creative show of the year – it will lift your heart!  The show is here until March 18.  We may be able to have a reception outside in the garden on March 18; pay attention to our Facebook page for announcements.  In any case – come see the show; it’s wonderful!

BIG Refresh!

Our shop are got a big refresh with new, open crisp white shelves!  MANY BIG THANKS to these volunteers who built the shelves: Tom Nehmer and Chris and Rebecca Braswell.  And thanks to Babs Kall for sharing her building plans with us!  We have lots of new items from our 50+ local artists who sell in our shop – come take a look!

Adult and older teen Classes 
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.

Introduction to Woodturning: Penny Plate with Todd Tetterton  THREE dates to choose from!! These workshops are almost full!

Friday March 12 from 6 – 9 pm <full>
Saturday March 13 from 9 am – 12 pm <full>
Saturday March 13 from 1 – 4 pm – just a few seats left in this workshopEmail Todd to register

Garden Gnome Workshop 
Saturday March 13 at 11 am <full>
or 2 pm <just two spots open>. $25.
This is not a drop-in class. Fun for all ages; young children will need a parent’s help.

SIP AND PAINT (no teens!) with Donna Coffman:
Friday, March 19 at 7pm – Email Donna to RSVP and get on her “education” email list for advance notice of classes – painting: Spring butterfly (see sample above)

Walton Writers events 
Zoom meetings held twice monthly – join Walton Writers MeetUp to learn more!

Basic Digital Photography with Bob Richardson
Saturday, March 27 from 1 – 4 pm

MWCA Rocks Open Mic Night 
Saturday, April 3 from 7 – 9 pm
Drop by to enjoy some great local music – Performers must pre-register with Zach

Beginner Guitar Lessons with Zach Coffman:  
Monday afternoon/early evening. Thirty-minute-long individual lessons starting at 4pm on Mondays.  Ages 9 to adult. 
Schedule your time and register by emailing Zach 

POTTERY with Rebecca Braswell:
Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30pm and
Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 – 11:30am

TWO NEW CLASSES starting Tuesday, April 20

Teens Pottery 5 – 6 pm
Beginner Six-Week Course 6:30 – 8 pmRegister by emailing Rebecca 

KNITTING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 

DRAWING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 2 – 3 pm

Kids’ 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.Paint and Pizza Party with Donna Coffman
ages 6+ — Saturday,  March 20 from 12 – 2.  

Pottery with Rebecca Braswell: 
ages 9+ — Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45
Email Rebecca 

(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 – 9 with Donna Coffman
4 – 5 pm — ages 13 – 18 with Donna Guntharp.
5:16 – 6:15 — ages 9 – 12 with Donna Coffman
Thank you to the these visionary and generous business sponsors for 2021. 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 2021 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 51 local artist-members HERE

Find YOUR joy by volunteering here!
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, April 3 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 – our next show that will be open for entries is the Regional Show REGIONAL JURIED SHOW held August 4 – October 21
•  Online submissions open June 1 – closes July 17 ***

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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