Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts January 2022 calendar and events

January A*R*T News
January 4, 2022 edition
Mon 11 – 4 | Tues – Thurs 11 – 5  |  Fri & Sat 10 – 5  | Sun 1 – 5
Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts <– see our January calendar … always adding new classes and events so check back often!

Members Show 2022


MEMBERS SHOW — drop off Friday & Saturday – January 7 – 8, 2022 from 11 – am – 5 pm
A showcase of our members’ talent!
Pick up a show form in the lobby or online

Join us for our Wine & Cheese Awards Reception: Friday, January 28 from 6 – 7:30 (Would you like to help?  Sign up to provide snacks or drinks HERE)

Members’ Shows are an open call to all MWCA members — it’s your chance to show off your talent and artistry! We encourage all our members in good standing to plan for our annual Members’ Show.  

All members, regardless of experience or expertise are encouraged to enter our Members’ Show.  It’s a benefit of membership and a great opportunity to support your local art center, meet other members, plus have your works on display and for sale in our Gallery!  This exhibit is also open to Youth (ages 10 – 17 ).

Our MWCA Members’ Show presents all our members’ works: experienced, even professional artists’ works, emerging artists and novices alike in a single show, highlighting our commitment to fostering a community of support for artists of all levels. All works accepted as long as they meet our guidelines.  

Learn more HERE!

MEET THE JUDGES:Judges: Father-daughter team Jack and Amanda Burk:

Jack D. Burk has a 42 year history of teaching art at all levels from elementary age students to adults.  He is a practicing artist using pastels, collage and watercolor mediums. He is a member of the Athens Art Association and is chairperson for exhibitions, a participating artist in the Athens Area Plein Artists, a member of the Lyndon House Cultural Art Center and OCAF Art Center.  

Amanda Burk is a printmaker living in Athens, Georgia. She is the in-house print technician for the Lyndon House Arts Center’s annual artist print series. Amanda teaches college level printmaking, most recently at UGA and before that Piedmont University in Demorest. From 2012-2016 she co-owned and operated a print based business in Athens called Double Dutch Press. Over the past few years, Amanda has added mural painting to her art repertoire. These murals can be seen inside and outside different Athens businesses such as Boulevard Animal Hospital, Half Shepherd Market.

A special home for our special students!

BIG THANKS for lots of good help from:Grace & Rebecca McCartt, Juanita (I’m sorry – don’t have her last name!)Nancy Moate, Joy Poole, Carey Lynn Quinn (professional organizer!!)Ben Reese, Zach Coffman

We got moved in and organized in our new art room that The Bridge of Georgia is sharing with us – it’s wonderful! A bright huge room, accessible bathrooms and no ramp to deal with … our 1932 Post Office is a grand building but not so much if you have mobility issues. 

This move only affects our special needs classes. 

Thank you, Tami Burt, for sharing this space with us that is so perfect.  
Our students will be much more at ease in this new classroom.

If you need professional organizing help, please email our friend, Carey Lynn. She is a wonder and based here in Monroe!

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.
If you have difficulty registering for a class, call us at 770-207-8937.


SIP AND PAINT (no teens!) with Donna Coffman:
Friday, January 21 at 7pm – Email Donna to RSVP and get on her “education” email list for advance notice of classes – painting: TBA

Walton Writers events with Barbara Barth
Zoom meetings held twice monthly — the first Thursday and second Saturday — join Walton Writers MeetUp to learn more!

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Beginner Guitar Lessons with Zach Coffman:  
Thirty-minute-long individual lessons starting offered at various times and days.  Ages 9 to adult.  Schedule your time and register by emailing Zach 

POTTERY with Rebecca Braswell:
Tuesdays from 5 – 6 Teens only
Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30pm and
Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 – 11:30am

Beginner Pottery next six week course begins In January 2022Register by emailing Rebecca 

KNITTING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 

DRAWING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 2 – 3 pm 

TAI CHI with Tracey Temple:
Fridays from 10 – 11 am  – N*E*W class – starts Jan. 7 – indoor class held by special arrangement at The Bridge of Georgia here in Monroe. (BIG THANKS to Tami Burt and “The Bridge” for letting us use one of their classrooms!)

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Drop in Thursdays anytime between 1 – 3 pm to hang out with other creatives.  Paint angels for our ART MD kits with JoeAnn and Grace or bring your own supplies and do your own thing!

Every Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
This FREE Creative Gathering is open to anyone interested in writing. Feel free to drop in Sundays anytime between 1:30 – 4:30 to write in a supportive environment or chat with others about writing – hosted by writer,
Barbara Barth. Bring a snack and drink if you’d like!


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.
If you have difficulty registering for a class, call us at 770-207-8937.

Paint and Pizza Party with Donna Coffman
ages 6+ — Saturday, January 8from 12 – 2. — painting TBA!  Email Donna to register and pay

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

ART ASAP — N*E*W Day offered starting in January 2022
(After School Arts Program) General Art classes with different projects, tools and emphasis on skills each month. Donna’s Tuesday classes are full so we are offering a new class on Mondays! Instructor: Donna Coffman.


MONDAY class starting January 2022
No year-long commitment – kids can join in at any time.
MONDAYS (starting January 2022) 4 – 5 pm — ages 7 – 9 5:16 – 6:15 — ages 9 – 12
TUESDAYS​4 – 5 pm — ages 7 – 9 5:15 – 6:15 — ages 9 – 12  
Email Donna to register and pay.  Space is limited. September – May only 

Mommy & Me age 18 months – 5 year-olds + Caregiver
First and Third Thursday from 10am – 11am
Fee and registration:
For 2 consecutive classes and supplies: $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Register and pay by emailing Carlee 

Lil’ Artist Preschool Art for 3 – 5 year-olds
Every Tuesday from 11am – 12pm

Fee and registration:
For 4 consecutive classes and supplies: $75 for members, $85 for non-members. Register and pay by emailing Carlee.

We’re EXCITED to try something N*E*W in 2022 … how about YOU??

TINY ART SHOW – May 26 – July 7

This is an open call to ALL artists to exhibit and sell your small works.  Works must be available for purchase. For  artists 18 years old or older.  Works on canvas/board/paper are not to exceed 64 square inches (excluding framing).  Three-Dimensional sculpture/glass/pottery etc. are not to exceed 8”h x 8”w x 8”d.  Artists are welcome to enter up to six (6) original works of art and up to six per artist will be accepted. 

DROP OFF: Friday and Saturday, May 20 – 21 from 11 am – 5 pm
APPLICATION FEE – $25 for up to six pieces.  
AWARDS: Cash prizes awarded in these categories: 2-D and 3-D – first, second and third place in each category. Also, Best in Show.

Find the link to the full guidelines HERE

Saturday Soiree: January 15
Our next soiree: January 15
Watch our Facebook page for workshop announcements 

Saturday Soirees are our monthly creative parties! Join us for family fun! 

​And don’t forget to browse the best gift shop around – unique and affordable items made for you by over 60 of local artists and makers! ​Original art, prints, cards, photography, pottery, jewelry, glass art, candles, soap and more!  Visit the Gallery, too!

<NOTE – THESE ARE DROP IN EVENTS – no tickets are sold beforehand.>

Drop by for a fun day of making! Choose from these workshops.  
POTTERY PROJECT with Rebecca – details TBA
​BEADED BRACELETS with Julie … maybe other workshops, too

Our Saturday Soirees are sponsored by Animal Care Hospital at Bold Springs.  Thank you Dr. Reese!
Thank you to these visionary and generous business sponsors for 2021 – 2022.

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 Find YOUR joy by volunteering here! Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, January 8 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 our annual MEMBERS SHOW in January 2022 ***

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!

Read our latest MEMBERS’ MEMO 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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