News and updates from the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

September is our fiber-full month – and kicking it off Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm we have a Community Tree Wrapping/Yarn Bombing and Story Time from The Story Shop!

Bring the kids tor story telling with The Story Shop and help us wrap trees here at the Art Center! FREE event!

Often referred to as yarn bombing, graffiti knitting or even grandma graffiti :-), we will join together and wrap some of the trees around MWCA while story tellers from the Story Shop share stories and also have books available for purchase – so fun!!

Story telling at these times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30.

Lemonade stand and mini cupcakes from The Posh Cakery, too! (While they last!)

Yarn bombing adds a bit of color and whimsy to our downtown and will serve to remind our neighbors that our FIRST ANNUAL Fiber Show is here September 6 – 27!

Hope Reese
director, MWCA

PS – we’re on the lookout for local talent for our Second Saturday Open Micnights!  Next one is Sept. 8 from 7 – 9 pm.  If you are a musician, story teller, stand-up comedian or poet – please email Barbara!

We have lots of special events, demonstrations and classes coming up in September in celebration of our Fiber Show, but don’t forget our weekly on-going classes for adults … and Art ASAP! (After School Arts Program) starts, Tuesday, Sept. 4! Plus TWO new once-and-done acrylic painting workshops, too! Volunteer Orientation, Beading Workshop and Open Mic Night … Y’all, I can hardly keep up!! 

Check it all out HERE!

with Julie Bell
Saturday, September 8
11 am – 4 pm

Come make as many beaded bracelets as you want for just 6.00 each!

Stop by any time between 11-4, and give yourself at least an hour to create!

Decorative Table Mats from Newspaper
Two dates to choose from:
Saturday, Sept 1 @ 12 – 2 and
Tuesday, Sept 18 @ 11 – 1

Instructor: Vickie Bethel

Fee: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. All materials and tools will be provided.


Learn basic paper weaving techniques while creating a decorative table mat from newspapers. Turn old newspaper into a thing of beauty. Your finished mat can be used as a placemat or base for a centerpiece. There will also be a demonstration of making a basket using a related weaving technique.

Vicki Bethel works in mixed media interweaving collage, text, painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. She has a special interest in utilizing recycled materials. An alumna of Kansas City Art Institute, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and California College of the Arts, she settled in Atlanta in the 1990s. Her work is in public, private, and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.

Kids Painting and Pizza 
The theme for September is Birch Trees! The kids will learn a very fun technique for masking off the trees and painting the Birch Tree bark. This is a painting technique that the kids love and it turns out fabulous every time!!!

Here’s the details 🙂

When: Sept 1st
Time: 12-2
Where: MWCA Upstairs artroom
Cost: $25 as always, paint and pizza included 🙂

Email Donna — to register and pay

on the website

* Handy calendar of events and classes —> here

 * September FIBER Celebration —> here (still adding free events, demos and classes!)
 * Class descriptions for adults and kids, free creative gatherings, workshops —> here

Volunteer Orientation
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, September 8 at 3 pm.  Come and learn how you can help!

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

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Techniques and Traditions Fiber Show — Sept 6 – 27.  

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 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 the 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!   Please support these local businesses.  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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