Weekly MWCA Newsletter: Standing room only for Saturday’s Live at the Book Nook


Please join me tonight, Tuesday August 14, at 6 pm in City Hall for a ten-minute presentation in support of the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts. Specifically the presentation will cover recent statistics for the institution along with giving the city an update about our progress since our rebranding.I’d like to invite artists, teachers and volunteers from the MWCA community to show support for our arts center. It will be nice to have a showing of supporters for our wonderful growing institution.Thank you and see you tomorrow evening!Joe Gargasz
MWCA Board President
Saturday, August 18 @ 11:30 – 1:30
REGISTER HERETaught by Sheila Hughey. Create your own wire bangle with stones and beads.Instructor fee: $25 for members, $30 for non-members.
Pay Sheila $15 – $20 for your bracelet kit (your choice of wire and beads/stones) at the time of class.
Paint a Wooden Cut Out
Friday, August 17 @ 6 – 8 pm
Instructor: Ann Peden.  Ages 5 and up.
REGISTER HERELearn the basics of how to paint a whimsical wall decoration (shading, polka dots, chevron, lettering, etc.).Either preorder the design you want from the pictures (ask Hope or see on our class page on our website), or choose from over 12 designs Ann will bring.  Note your cut-out choice in the “notes” section if you pay online or tell Hope if not online.  If nothing is listed, Ann will have a selection for you to choose from at the class.Instructor’s fee:  members $15, non-members $20 plus  $5 materials fee to pay to Ann at the time of class.
Local Author Book Club 
Wednesday, August 22 @ 6:30 pmSomething new at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts … our first monthly Book Club event!Meet Genie Smith Bernstein author of “Act on the Heart” novel. Her book can be purchased through the gift shop at the art center (discounted price) or online Amazon/Kindle. Lively book discussion. Light refreshments.Visit Genie’s website and her author page on Amazon. You can read an overview of her book there, too. Genie lives in Athens, Georgia, and is a contributor to the Georgia Connector Magazine.There is no fee to join our Book Club. Look for a new author each month.

Please RSVP to save your space!

ART MD healing art kits

Thanks to Gratuity Paper Co. and Animal Care Hospital at Bold Springs and SB Paisley, an Estate Sale Company our ART MD healing art boxes are almost ready to launch!

These boxes will be made available for free to various agencies to provide to children in traumatic situations. We actually have agencies waiting for these! Studies have shown that the sooner you can get art materials in someone’s hands after trauma the faster they heal and it even wards off PTSD. How cool is that?

These boxes will provide comfort to hundreds of our kids in tough situations and in times of loss.

Contents: crayons, a stuffed animal, a hand-painted angel by our artists and our original Art MD Activity Book by Donna Coffman. Other supplies will be provided as funds allow: Play Dough and puppy & kitten stickers.

You can help …

  • funds are needed to pay for the supplies and boxes …
  • business sponsors (name will be printed in subsequent printings of the box and the book) …
  • artists are needed to paint the angels for each box.  Supplies are available now or you can bring your own, or paint at home.  Come on Thursdays from 11:30 – 2:30 and paint during Monroe Makers.  We will schedule more angel painting parties soon!
  • anyone can help to fill and deliver the boxes!

Want to help?  Stay tuned for more painting parties and box assembly parties or Email us!

Standing room only at open mic night!! 

Thanks to Lori Brudner Duff for serving as the emcee for our first LIVE AT THE BOOK NOOK and regaling the audience with her stand-up comedy.  Many thanks, too, to our other authors who shared their humorous and touching stories: Jennie Campbell, Marlene Buchanan; and poet Jessica Hudgins. Adding to the evening was wonderful guitar music by Marin Duff.

Last but certainly not least, kudus to Barbara Barth who pulled the whole thing together.

Look for our next open mic night in September. We plan to make this a monthly event – probably on the second Saturday. Thanks to all who came and joined in the fun!

* Calendar of events and classes —> here
 * NEW – September FIBER Celebration —> here (still adding free events, demos and classes!)
 * Classes for adults and kids, free creative gatherings, workshops —> hereCall for Entries 
Take a look at the 2018 shows HERE.What’s in the Galleries and Sculpture Garden?
Georgia Places and Country Road through August 25.  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 hope@monroeartguild.org. 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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