News update from Monroe-Walton Art Center features Book Festival, Art Shows

MWCA Gallery & Shop hours:
Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 4 pm
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!
Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts
Summer Regional Show

Open now through June 13!A panel of three artist-jurists curated this show of works from artists across northeast Georgia. Many of the amazing works are for sale and perfect for your home or office. Don’t miss this show!We’ll hold a wine and cheese reception Thursday May 23 from 6-7:30 to celebrate the arts and present awards. The judge for the show is Alyson Vuley with the Carlos Museum at Emory.Many thanks to our jurors: Joe Gargasz, Susan Pelham, and Shirley Yagrich.  Also thanks to these volunteers that helped with intake, hanging and tagging the show: Sandy Blanchard, Rebecca Braswell, Chris Goga, Susan Pelham. Stephanie Ruby, Maribeth & Don Schmeltzer, Carrie Soles and Shirley Yagrich.  A show of this caliber would not be possible without the help of lots of volunteers!
This week …
see our website for all our events, weekly classes and creative workshops
Monroe First Annual Children’s Book Festival
Saturday, May 11 from 10 – 4
Special events will be going on all over town ..
.Here at the art center we will host these activities:

  • Picture Book Contest (see below):  entries will be judged in the morning and will be on display through the following week.  Entries are due in here at the center by Friday at 5pm.
  • Drawing Super Heroes: demonstration by Chris Sands from 10 – 12
  • The characters from On Stage’s Peter Pan production available for photo ops from 10am-12pm
  • The Southern Pen Bookshop: a tent with Indie Authors of Children’s Books from 10 – 4
  • Face painting from 10 – 4
  • Book reading tent from 10 – 4.
  • Bookmarks – free craft activity from 10 – 4
Second Saturday Open Mic
May 11 from 7 – 9 pm

Free and open to all!We have storytelling, live music and poetry on the menu for you tonight!
Mother’s Day gift ideas …
starting at $8.
What will you find for your Mom here at MWCA? Everything in our Gallery Gift Shop is locally made/painted/created by our artist-members. Support local artists and your community non-profit arts center by shopping here … thank you!We have an unbelievable selection of original art, cards, jewelry, photography, candles, pottery and more — unique, thoughtful and just plain gorgeous!
Summer ART Camp registration is open!!
In June and July 2019, we offer four weeks of mixed media camps; plus one week of clay camp.Visit our website for details!

Techniques and Traditions

Fiber Show
August 7 – October 22

Prospectus and submission info can be found here: by June 15, 2019. All information about entries can be obtained through the web site. Check out their helpful videos HERE.

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,  May 11 at 1pm.  You don’t have to be an artist to volunteer.  Help is needed in many various ways!

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

What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Regional Show through June 13.  Reception & Awards held Thursday, May 23 from 6 – 7:30

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.)  Our next Members Meeting is Sunday, April 28 at 3:00.

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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