Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts – what’s happening in January

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts <– see our January calendar! 

 Members’ Show art drop off is THIS Friday and Saturday
Members’ Show:  an annual exhibition of the creative works of MWCA Members
Jan 13 – Feb 20
​Submission Guidelines/Entry Form can be found here

Our MWCA Members’ Show presents all our members’ works: experienced 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 (you must follow common-sense policies outlined here), wherever you are on your artistic journey.  This show features a Youth category as well. 

​Enter up to 3 pieces for $35.  It is recommended that items be available for purchase but this is not required.

CATEGORIES: 2D, Functional Pottery, 3D/Sculpture, Photography.  Youth category for ages 10 – 17.

Requirements, definitions of categories and more info included in the MEMBERS SHOW POLICIES found here or you can pick a form up at the art center.

Not a member yet?  Join us here

• Drop off Jan 8-9 from 11 – 5 both days
• Show opens Jan 13
• Reception Jan 22
• Pick up Feb 23-24NEW Class!  Beginner Guitar

Beginner Guitar Lessons with Zach Coffman:  
Thirty-minute-long individual lessons starting at 4pm on Mondays.
Schedule your time and register by emailing Zach 
 Learn basic chords and how to keep your guitar in tune.  Next learn tabs – a really fun and non-stressful way to learn lead/rhythm guitar parts. From there you will learn how to play songs and even your own compositions! 

$25 per lesson for members; $30 per lesson for non-members. 

Ages 9 to adult. 

You will need your own guitar – electric or acoustic. Pay Zach in cash or check at the time of class.  

Many of you know Zach as our friendly and talented part-time staff here at MWCA! In addition to working here, Zach is a fulltime student with Toccoa Falls College.  He is a gifted musician who has been playing guitar for over 5 years and is in a band, “Intension”.  Zach mentors younger teens and is integrating a new music program here at MWCA.  His goal is to bring awareness to local talent and encourage people who might not share their talent to come forward and perform for our open mics (we hope to begin a new Open Mic for musicians in February)!Saturday Soiree: January 16

Our next soiree: January 16, 2021
Join us for family fun!  

Planned so far:
Bottle Stopper class 

January 16 from 10 – 2. 
Drop in – class (no pre-registration required)!
Workshops start on the hour at 10, 11, 12, and 1:00. 
Students will turn their own wine bottle stopper after a brief intro to the lathe and safety by expert wood turner Todd Tetterton.  Intro level class for ages 16+.  Class is held in one of our upstairs classrooms. Fee: $20 includes a wood blank, metal insert and all other materials needed to create and finish a beautiful and unique stopper. Pay at the front desk on 1/16.

Pottery Workshop for all ages – project TBA!

Our Saturday Soirees are sponsored by Animal Care Hospital at Bold Springs.  Thank you Dr. Reese!

… And the WINNER is …


We had our first drawing for our exciting membership promotion (thanks to our new VP, Paul Straquadine!) — and the winner for membership (new or renewals) during October – December is Wes Kent!  (We used the Google Random Number Generator to choose the winner.) Wes, drop by the center and pick up your prizes!

We will have a quarterly drawing for some really sweet art supplies for new and/or renewing members! The next period will be for January – March and the drawing will be April 1. We’ll post the new prize package on Facebook soon!

Drop by the center to join/renew or you can join online here:

We have enough goodies to continue offering a prize package for the entire year – thanks again, Paul!

We truly appreciate our members and this is a way to say THANK YOU for supporting local arts!

Remember, donations are tax-deductible.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.

Walton Writers Zoom Meeting
Thursday, January 7
Join Walton Writers Meetup group for details 

Woodturning 101: Salt and Pepper Shaker Set with Todd Tetterton
Saturday, January 9 from 8 am – noon

Walton Writers Second Saturday Open Mic Night (Zoom)
Saturday, January 9
Join Walton Writers Meetup group for details 

SIP AND PAINT (no teens!) with Donna Coffman:
Friday, January 15 at 7pm – Email Donna to RSVP and get on her “education” email list for advance notice of classes – painting: TBA

Basic Digital Photography with Bob Richardson
Saturday, January 30 from 1 – 4 pm

POTTERY with Rebecca Braswell:Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30pm andThursday and Friday mornings from 10 – 11:30amRegister by emailing Rebecca KNITTING with Sandy Blanchard:
First and Third Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:30

DRAWING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 3 – 4 pm
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.

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

ART ASAP — NEW class added!!
(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 Coffman4 – 5 pm — ages 13 – 18 with Donna Guntharp.5:16 – 6:15 — ages 9 – 12 with Donna Coffmanclasses resume January 5Paint and Pizza Party with Donna Coffman
ages 6+ — Saturday, Feb 6 from 12 – 2.  Painting TBA.  $25 includes pizza and painting – Email Donna to register no later than 2/5 at  Seating is limited and this class fills quickly – registration closes when the class fills.

Our gift shop remains open year-round

Our Christmas Shop may be closed, but our local artist gift shop is open year-round with about 50 artists and makers represented!  For the best selection in local art that is creative, unique, affordable and gorgeous — you’ll find jewelry, decor, cards, art, pottery, glass art, photography, woven items … even small-batch soap and candles … and so much more!  All made by our members. If you haven’t visited lately, you’ll be amazed!
Thank you to the 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.

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, Feb 6 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 in January 2021

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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