News and events from Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

Press release from the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts


THIS WEEK: Middle School Student Art Show |  More classes!
If you’re one of our market artists … hang in there with us – continue to offer unique, affordable, beautiful and innovative works – and I truly believe that together we will continue to build this place to be a true community arts center. It is already happening.

We have folks coming from all over to browse the gallery, shop and take our classes. It is exciting to see the changes happening here.

And … our Elementary Student Show is pictured above — it was standing room only!  Hundreds of proud students, parents, grandparents and friends attended to celebrate our local students’ art.  Great job, students and art teachers!

In the Gallery now through March 22:  Middle School Student Art Show.  So much talent!!

I just have to say a really special thank you to our local Kiwanis Club of Monroe for their generous donation to our education efforts.  Gail Sisk with Pinnacle Bank brought us over a check for $500 last week!  Many thanks!  These funds will be used for our scholarship fund for students — children and special needs students, too.

Please be our ambassador and help us spread the word about the good things happening here!

director, MWCA

ps – We are frequently adding classes! Our convenient calendar of events is kept up-to-date — take a look at it HERE Descriptions and details about classes can be found HERE.  You can also check out the Events listed on our Facebook page HERE.

Mixed Media Creation for special needs students 
KIDS — Friday. March 16th @ 4-5:30 pm for students aged 10 – 17.
ADULTS — Wednesday, March 21 @ 4 – 5:30 pm for Adults.
REGISTER HERECharlie the Therapy dog will be here as students produce their own mixed media yard for Charlie and friends. Robin will lead students through their own design for Charlie’s back yard and create it using paint and other media on canvas.

Charlie is a registered Therapy Dog and loves people.

Fee: $25 for members; $30 for non-members plus $5 supply fee to pay Robin at class. 8 student maximum.

MY WORD! Mixed Media Painting
Saturday, March 10 @ 11 am.
REGISTER HEREEveryone has that special word that means something just to them. Some choose a word at the beginning of the year to guide them. In this workshop with artist Sue Grilli we will create a mixed media painting with our word so that we can hang or place in view and it will be front and center. We will use acrylic paints, stamps, stencils and lots of texture making tools to create this fun-for-everyone (even beginners) painting. All materials will be provided – all you have to bring is your word! Come and join us!

Fee: $30 for members; $35 for non-members. RSVP by 3/7 please.

Introduction to HYPERTUFA:
Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 – 3:00.
Taught by sculptor, Jim Rowland
REGISTER HEREHypertufa is a lighter-weight concrete composed of Portland cement, peat moss and vermiculite. Hypertufa creations have a rustic, natural look and are particularly well-suited for planting succulents. In this class, Jim will demonstrate tips for working with this fabulous material and students will make a small hypertufa bowl.

Fee: $40 for members; $45 for non-members – includes all materials. Wear clothes that can get messy!

Julie Bell – Scattering Kindness
Saturday, March 24
11 am – 4 pmLet’s WELCOME SPRING by making new beaded bracelets for our spring wardrobe! There will be lots of beads for YOU to design what YOU want! This will be a “drop in” class, so you can come by when YOU want. This is an awesome event for part of a “girls day out!” You can do a little beading with us, and then lunch and shopping local in downtown Monroe! You deserve it!

Price: 10.00 for the first bracelet (which includes my mini lesson). If you want to make more than one, the rest are just 8.00 each.  Just drop in!

on the website

* A history of the Art Guild —> here
* Our renovation plans —> here
* Calendar of events and classes —> here

Call for Entries 
Take a look at the 2018 shows HERE.


  • Founders (Were YOU involved in the first year of the Art Guild?  Please contact us!)
  • Fiber Show (seeking fiber artists)
  • Georgia Places and Country Roads — both urban and rural scenes depicting our lovely state

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Middle School Student Show; Reception March 22 @ 6 – 8 pm

See our list of Art Guild Members
(and hey artist-members!  If you have a website, Etsy Shop or Facebook page, please send the link to

Weekly Classes & Creative Workshops & other events

  • Weekly classes for adults:  Painting, sculpture and pottery
  • After-School Arts Program Tuesdays & Wednesdays for ages 7 – 14:  General Art, Painting & Drawing and Pottery
  • Tuesdays & Fridays: Art Abounds (Special Needs Adults) class
  • Tuesdays: Photography Class @ 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays @ 1 Drawing 101
  • Thursdays @ 11am – 2pm:  FREE Let’s Create with Robin  Bring your own supplies and a sack lunch if you wish. Hang out with other creatives – paint, knit, draw, write – whatever moves you! Robin will provide inspiration, encouragement and a little advice if you want it! Just show up – easy!

Support the local arts and get discounts in our shop and on classes!  Join us today!  Click HERE.

As always, much love to our awesome & generous business sponsors – thank you so much!   Please support these local businesses.  See them here.

Also check out our friends at On Stage Walton and the Walton County Music Guild who also make Walton County a creative and enjoyable place to live!

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The growth in our art center continues to sky-rocket. Feb. 2017 compared to Feb 2018 – we had an 800% growth overall in gross sales – that includes sales in our shop, income from classes, membership and donations. That amount does not even include a $4000 grant we received for equipment in our pottery studio! In Feb 2017, we had 2 artists sell items in our shop. In Feb 2018, that number was 23.

Of course, most of the money we bring in goes right back out to our artists and instructors. We are here to support the local arts and local artists. We celebrate their talent and the beauty they bring to our little corner of Georgia. So happy this is going so well and our community is supporting local arts.  Thank you, all!

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