Weekly update from Monroe Walton Center for the Arts


We’re counting down to the Farm to Table Dinner on April 28!  We will host a silent auction (which last year morphed into an exciting live auction!) featuring our “The Artful Garden” creations made by our artists:

  • poppy sculptures by our president (and sculptor!) Joe Gargarz.  These are so fabulous and honor Walton County’s Poppy Lady, Moina Michael.
  • a pottery totem made by Rebecca Braswell and her students,
  • glass & china dish flowers and garden votive holders made by several of our artist-members
  • and more!

Your donations will support MWCA; plus also F.I.S.H. and the Monroe Farmers Market.

We have lots of fun and beautiful pieces in the works but need more … and less than two weeks left to finish.  If you’d like to work with us, especially on Thursdays from 11 – 2 during our free “Let’s Create!” class, we have a work table set up in the back of the gallery.  Or you can work at home and donate your lovely garden art to us.  You can find tons of inspiring ideas on Pinterest.  Our deadline is Friday, April 27.

Join in the fun!

Farm to Table – A Farm to Table Dinner Experience

Enjoy delicious, locally-sourced food, live music and a silent auction on Court Street in beautiful Downtown Monroe.Silver Queen Chef, Wes Kent, will prepare seasonal ingredients primarily sourced from Walton County farmers and Monroe Farmers Market suppliers for a truly amazing meal. A cash bar will available for beer and wine purchases.

This dinner will raise funds to continue special programming at The Monroe Farmers Market. Purchase tickets HERE.

2018 Shows

Our calendar of show opening & closing dates for the rest of the year — including drop off and pick up dates — is detailed & updated on our website!

Check it out HERE.

Artists – please share on your pages, and tell your friends. Thanks!

Don’t miss!!  Our High School Student Art Show Reception and Awards Ceremony — Thursday, April 19 @ 6 – 8 pm.

The show has been judged by a representative from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and scholarships will be awarded Thursday night.  Such a wonderful showcase of the young talent here in Walton County!  The show comes down at the end of the reception, so Thursday is your last day to view these works.

When you visit, be sure to enter our raffle. A basketful of art plus the pottery bowl we’re using to collect the tickets! Just $1 per ticket for original art, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, a candle, soap, card, cheese try & spreader, wooden trivet, marbled box and coloring book & colored pencils. All donated by our artist-members.  Just think how many great gifts could be yours for a dollar!!
upcoming classes …
Wednesday, April 18 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
REGISTER HEREInterested in learning how to take better pictures with your iPhone? Join Robin Shirreffs as she shares the how-to of creating photos, portraits, panoramics and short videos. She will share a few tricks on special effects, text and collage by using additional apps. Also, she will share with you how to upload photos to Facebook, send to friends or upload to a photo center.
Supplies: iPhone and make sure it is fully charged. Photos will be taken around the MWCA center so wear your walking shoes.

Class fee $20 for members; $25 for non-members.

Saturday, April 21
11 am – 4 pmLets celebrate our wonderful Earth by making earthy-type bracelets to wear! You will choose from hundreds of different beads, design, string and take home your own bracelets!

COST: The first bracelet is 10.00 (includes your lesson). Each additional is 8.00.

We are hoping the weather is good. If so, Julie will have this outside in the sculpture garden so we can enjoy the outside while celebrating Earth Day. Julie  will make that call the night before and let everyone know!

Of course there will be drinks and snacks!

Aromatic Botanicals:
Tuesday, April 17 @ 6pmREGISTER HERE

Instructor: artist Maria Ramos

Stop and smell the flowers! Learn simple meditative techniques to create delicate clay flowers that are then infused with beneficial essential oils. While we sculpt, we will discuss ways to use oils for specific ailments.

Class fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Please bring $5 supply fee to class. Ages 10 and older.

Summer ART Camp registration is now on-line!
More info HERE

Four weeks of ART camp to choose from … plus Clay Camp and Art Intensive!

  • ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 14, plus ART Intensive (AP level art) for more serious students aged 14 – 18
  • June and July only
  • Camp times: 9 am – noon.  Art Intensive:  9 am – 4 pm.  Monday – Friday
Weekly Classes, More Creative Workshops & other events — see examples & learn more on our website HERE
  • Weekly classes for adults on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:
    • painting
    • sculpture
    • photography
    • drawing 101
    • and pottery
  • After-School Arts Program Tuesdays & Wednesdays for ages 7 – 14:
    • General Art,
    • Painting & Drawing
    • and Pottery
  • 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 April, those who want to will be working on our Artful Garden creations for our auction at the Farm to Table Dinner on April 28.
  • First Saturday: Paint & Pizza Party @ 12 – 2.  Email Donna for more info
  • First Thursday: ALIVE AFTER FIVE Visit us the first Thursday of the month — April – October — Open 11 am – 8 pm!
  • First Thursday: Walton Writers meets at 6:30 — FREE!

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?
High School Student Show; Reception April 19 @ 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 hope@monroeartguild.org)

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 Walton Writers,  On Stage Walton and the Walton County Music Guild who also make Walton County a creative and enjoyable place to live!

new in our gift shop …
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