More events this weekend at Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts

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!
Our Second Annual Fiber Arts Show is open now through October 22.  It is incredible!  Come by to see some amazing inspirational artworks.  Many are offered for purchase for the most unique and beautiful … treasured … home decor, ever.  What a fabulous Christmas gift one of these would make!
205 South Broad Street, Monroe
770-207-8937 | free admission
Saturday Soiree Success!!
What a GREAT day.  Thank you, Monroe (and surrounding areas!) for coming to our party last Saturday!Our friends and neighbors showed up, with glad hearts and happy to have a fun place to go on a hot Saturday. All our workshops were super busy. Lots of laughter and good times.At least a couple hundred visited, many for the first time, and I heard a by now very familiar refrain: “This place is amazing! I’ve never visited before. I just love it!”I’m so proud of and thankful for our volunteers and board members who supported us today! The gallery committee stepped up big time and even though it was out of their comfort zone, many agreed to be models in our little fashion show. So many thanks to Mary Ellen Vogel, Shirley Yagrich, Susan Pelham, Susan Dodd, Joy Hunt Poole, Myra Smith and teen models Kensington Hammons and Lizzy Spruell. Oh, and our MC, Denis Vogel!Ever faithful volunteers/board members/teachers Trisha Watson, Barbara Barth, Colleen Jackson, Laura McCall Templeton, Rebecca Hails Braswell, Donna Coffman, Julie Bell and Jessica Hudgins helped in dozens of ways and taught our workshops, (Jessica wrote personalized poems, even, how wonderful, right?!) providing a creative and fun atmosphere for our visitors. We even welcomed a new intern today, Cheyanne. She is a sweetheart.

Topping off the day was the support of local businesses: Belk in Bethlehem, MoJo BBQ and Rendezvous Coffee.

While I’m thanking volunteers, I have to mention Robin Humphreys, our intrepid face painter at the first Friday concerts this summer. She is awesome. I love it when kids ask her, “What can you paint?”, expecting the usual limited menu, and Robin responds: “I can paint anything. I’m an artist.” 😊

Behind the scenes, Sandy Blanchard provides our graphics and drawings (and encouraging words) for our events here — one more generous and talented artist to thank!!

Thank you all — Friends, volunteers, board members, awesome creatives, generous hearts and strangers who took a chance, took some time and came out to our first Saturday Soiree!

WE CAN’T WAIT!! Write down Saturday, September 14 for our next Soiree! We already have an awesome lineup coming!

Belk Charity Sale is this Saturday! 
Get your ticket/coupon from us!
We are so pleased to be selected as one of Belk Charity organizations for their Charity Sale on Saturday August 24 from 7 am – 9 pm. Our sponsor is the Belk Bethlehem/Winder Store at Barrow Crossing.

We have $5 coupons available here. You’ll donate $5 to us and get a ticket to get you into the special hours for their sale, plus a $5 coupon. This means your donation costs you nothing!

Lots of items on sale that day, plus the first 100 customers get additional free gift cards valued between $5 – $1,500!  Come on in and get your ticket/coupon plus a flier that lists the great deals available on 8/24!!

And what a FUN thing … along with our partnership with Belk, in celebration of the opening of our FIBER SHOW … on Saturday, August 17 we will launch our Saturday Soiree Series — workshops, MoJo BBQ in the Garden and a Belk-sponsored Fashion Show featuring WEARABLE ART from our artist-members!! Come in on the 17th for the festivities and get your $5 ticket/coupon then!

A six-week creative writing course begins TONIGHT (Tuesday, 8/20).  You can register up until 4 pm today for the class HERE.
See our website for a complete listing of our weekly classes and creative workshops. 60+ events and classes are on the calendar for August!

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

Find YOUR joy by volunteering here!
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, September 14 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 
Check out our website for upcoming show schedules.

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Our 2nd Annual Fiber Show: August 7 – October 22.  Awards Reception: Sept. 12 from 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 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.

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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