News from Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts

What others are saying about our classes …

* Tamara Liz (one of our teachers; she is an art therapist as well) reports after her “Paint to the Music” Workshop …

  • “Aside from everyone experiencing joy as evidenced by their thankfulness for the class and comments like “we had so much fun”, some students were also able to gain new insights from their paintings. They demonstrated great self-reflection capabilities as they analyzed their artworks. They witnessed how their current emotions and what they hold important in their lives surfaced unconsciously through their artworks. They were able to conclude that indeed, making art is healing (one student said “it feeds my soul”), and that they would like to incorporate more creative activities in their lives.”

* reports from our adults with disabilities classes ..

  • “I have seen general improvements in attitude and confidence from most students. They have tried new art activities that were hesitant or felt they wouldn’t be able to do but did them with encouragement and then were very proud of their accomplishments.”

* a parent reports of her special needs daughter …

  • “My daughter, who is somewhat developmentally delayed and very language delayed, can be very non-communicative. But she loves Miss Rebecca. She jokes, talks, interacts with the other kids and laughs in pottery – this is not usual behavior – by a long shot – for her.”

Art is important!  🙂

Saturday, February 9 from 7 – 9 pm
The Georgia Writers’ Project is hosting the MWCA’s Second Saturday Open Mic!Join us for an event featuring local music, poetry, comedy and short fiction by Adriane Brown, Beth Dawkins, Mike Chin, Lori Duff, Marin Duff, Vulpen and Andie Weaver.Come out to meet the writers and performers, talk to them about their work, look around the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts, and learn more about the Georgia Writers’ Project!

For upcoming information about the artwork and gifts for sale in our silent auction, RSVP and like our page. All proceeds benefit the Georgia Writers’ Project, a new writing program for Walton County Students.

Silent auction begins at 6:30, reading begins at 7!

Painting and Pizza Party!  (ages 6+)

The subject of this month’s painting is a Kola Bear!! It’s so much fun 🙂

Cost: $25 As always, this includes all supplies and pizza!!

If you are interested please email or to reserve your spot.

Also please note: There are “boy” options to choose from for those guys who want to paint but are not feeling “pink” !

We have some new class offerings for you in February

coming up in the first half of the month …

  • Knitting
  • Photography

We are continually adding classes through the month!  Be sure to tune into ourFacebook page or check out our website for up-to-date class listings.  We have both weekly/on-going classes in addition to once-and-done type workshops for adults and kids!

At last count, we have almost 70 classes and events on February’s calendar!  Take a look HERE.

If you really don’t want to miss announcements about our classes, workshops and other events, join our MeetUp group for emailed reminders for each event and class. Convenient and free!

Intro to Knitting
First and third Wednesday of each month, starting Feb 6 at 12:30 – 1:30.
Please register at least 24 hours in advance.
Instructor: Sandy Blanchard.We will start with a scarf while you learn the garter stitch and progress from there!  Jump in anytime.  Bring your own yarn and needles (your yarn package will tell you what size needles to use).  The scarf in the photo was created with Lion’s Head Homespun Yarn on a size 10 needle.$15 per lesson for members; $20 for non-members.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance.
Paint to the Music Friday, Feb 15 @ 7 – 10 pm. 
Let yourself be inspired by music to create your own art. It doesn’t have to look good, it will feel good. At the end, we will share our creations and get new insights about our art. Come jam with us!  Members $25, non-members $30. BYOB.Self-Love for Caregivers Saturday, February 16 @ 11 am – 1 pm.
Being a caregiver is hard and exhausting.  Take some time for yourself as we vent (a little!), share self-care tips and paint ourselves as flowers! Learn valuable strategies, share your creation and relax, even if just for a little while.  Members $25, non-members $30.
Intro. to Photography – Learning your camera:  
Starts 2/19.  Tuesdays from 6:15 – 7:15/7:30 (four-week course)
REGISTER HERE   Please register at least 48 hours in advance.This is a 4-week course.  How your camera works, camera upgrades and lenses, practice using your camera, feedback on your images via the photography Facebook page for the group, and class notes. Once completed, you can sign up for beginner courses in editing and composition.$120 for member; $135 for non-members.  Register at least 48 hours in advance using the link above.
Downtown Monroe Chocolate Walk kicks off here at MWCA!
Join us for an evening of shopping, dining, and chocolate in Downtown Monroe!  Stroll the beautiful streets,  visit your favorite stores, listen to live music and sample chocolate provided by our local business owners.  Don’t worry, you’ll have a goody bag to take home any uneaten chocolate….wouldn’t want it to go to waste!  The walk “begins” at the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts (205 S. Broad Street) -make sure to go by here first to get your bag and map of participating businesses!  We will also have carriage rides at the Historic Courthouse.  The cost is $10 per carriage.
Our hours:

Monday – Wednesday from 11 am – 4 pm
Thursdays from 11 am – 8 pm
Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Members’ Show is open for browsing and enjoying through February 7. The Elementary Student Show opens February 13.
Our Gift Gallery is open year-round.  Many works in the Winter show are available for purchase, as well.  Pick up a class list while you’re here.

Inspiration for your home … and your soul … right here!

Our ARTS e-newsletter is published the 15th and the 30th of every month.

Good to know:   if Walton County Schools are closed due to snow or ice, we will be closed as well. You can also check in to our FB page for updated info.

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

Volunteer Orientation
Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday,  February 9 at 1pm.  Volunteers are needed to act as assistants in our special needs classes.  Please email Shay Youngblood, our coordinator for these classes, if you would like to be placed on our volunteer list to contact when our special needs classes are scheduled.

Call for Entries 
Check out our website for upcoming show schedules.

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Winter Members Show January 8 – February 7.  Artists pick up your works Feb 8 – 9.
Elementary Show: Feb 13 – 28 (installs Feb 11 – 12)

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!   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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