News and events update from Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts

MWCA Gallery & Shop hours:
Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 4 pm (CLOSED July 4)
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!
This week … 
see our website for all our events, weekly classes and creative workshops.
Happy Independence Day to you!  Enjoy your day with friends and family -we will be closed July 4.  The City of Monroe will have fireworks at the Athens Tech stadium at dusk on July 4!
What are Art MD Healing Art Kits?
Our Art MD Healing Art Kits are boxes our volunteers pack up to give (for free!) to Piedmont-Walton Hospital, DFACS, local fire stations and other agencies who in turn give the kits to children in times of trauma, loss or illness. Our Art MD kits are truly healing arts! 

Funded through donations and grants, the boxes contain our original art journals, stuffed animals, crayons, stickers, Play- Doh, and when available, original angel paintings by our artists.

MWCA is committed to bringing the beauty and healing nature of art to our community.  It is proven that the sooner you get art supplies into someone’s hands, the quicker healing begins.  Art can even help ward off the effects of PTSD in veterans.  We did some research and found nothing quite like the idea of our Art MD healing art kits.   With the wholehearted approval of the board of directors, we got to work!
With the help of Gratuity Paper Company, a logo and box design was developed.  Our artist-members, Donna Coffman and Sandy Blanchard, created original artwork for the Art MD journals.  Our very first round of boxes was supported primarily by two businesses:  Animal Care Hospital of Bold Springs and S|B Paisley  Estate Sale Company.  The Monroe UPS Store printed the journals at a steep discount. Play-Doh, Crayola Crayons, stickers and stuffed animals were purchased, thanks to donations from our community and generous support from The Walton EMC RoundUp Foundation.
Artist-members and volunteers of all ages have painted original angels to add to each box.  Our potters have made and donated angel ornaments to sell to raise money for the kits.  As you can imagine, we always need more angels – please consider helping in this way.  You can paint angels at home or drop by the center on Thursdays from 11:30 – 2:30 and paint with our volunteers.
Volunteers led by our artist-member, Julie Bell and her son Ian, have put together hundreds of boxes.

This has been a community effort for sure!  We LOVE how our small town has embraced this effort!

So far, kits have been donated to:

  • Piedmont-Walton Hospital
  • Monroe Fire Department
  • Team Up Mentoring
  • a local service for foster children
  • Joy Community Kitchens
  • Abby Hospice
  • The Gardens of Social Circle (Alzheimer’s ward)
  • Walton Co Jail (family waiting/visiting area)
  • Walton Co DFACS (foster children)
* If you work with children in times of distress and would like some Art MD kits* If you’d like to volunteer to help* If you have contacts with foundations or businesses that might like to help us keep this idea going (indefinitely – there is a HUGE need!)We’d love to see this idea spread to other communities!  Please help us spread the word.If you’d like more information, feel free to email Hope or call 770-207-8937.
Art Camp Next Week!

  • Just two weeks of ART Camp left: Monday – Friday from 9 am – noon during the weeks of  (NEXT WEEK!) July 8 and July 22
  • Register HERE by the Friday before each camp
  • Mixed media – all kinds of fun techniques and projects!

Visit our website for details on our remaining camps!

Visit a galaxy far far away that’s actually right down the street! Our Art Camp Galaxy Gallery is open now through the end of July.

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, July 13 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?
Kids Galaxy Gallery June 22 – July 31.  FUN!  Visit throughout the summer to see this progressive installation by our ART CAMP kids and teachers!

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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