News from the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

Guest column from Monroe Walton Center for the Arts

April 28 we will celebrate spring with the Farmers Market in downtown Monroe with the Farm to Table Dinner – so fun!  To welcome Spring, we will offer funky and gorgeous yard art made by our artists and volunteers.  See examples above!  Please consider donating glassware and dishes for our creations — by March 24 if possible, please.   You can also volunteer your time to come and help on any Thursday between now and April 28 between 11 am – 2 pm.  We have some glassware and dishes already collected, or you can bring your own.  Other create-days will be added soon. Stay tuned also for an announcement of a partnership and a possible discount for your purchases with a local charity!  Come join us!

Members-only event: a trip to the Micheal C. Carlos Museum at Emory on March 24.  Read about it 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.

announcing another new class…
Fun, Funky, Fibers!
four fun times to choose from …

Sat 3/24 10a-12p,
Wed 3/28 6p – 8p,
Sat 4/7 12p-2p,
or Wed 4/11 6p – 8p.

Ages 12+.

Taught by fiber artist, Maria Ramos

Cut a rug in our hand-woven rag rug class. Learn a simple technique that has been used for generations to repurpose your textiles into a floor adornment so comfortable you will not want to step off!  Create your rug in a square, rectangle, circle or semi-circle shape.  Students provide 20 or more used adult garments, towels or blankets and a pair of sharp fabric scissors. Its’s a good motivation to clean out your closets!

Fee $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

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.

Charlie 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.

Introduction to HYPERTUFA:
Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 – 3:00.
Taught by sculptor, Jim Rowland

Hypertufa 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 pm

Let’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!

Just a sampling of some of the new works in our Artists Market … Come see all the gorgeousness!

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! During March and April, those who want to will be working on our Yard Art Creations for the Farm to Table Dinner

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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205 South Broad St.

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