Welcome to Fall – MWCA October Calendar of events

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts <– see our SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER calendar … always adding new classes and events so check back often! 

We’re super-excited to announce these brand-new classes!  These are some areas we’ve wanted to delve into for years and many people have asked for:  tai chi, quilting and preschool art
Plus award-winning photographer Bob Richardson is back with his digital photography class – he only teaches here 2 – 3 times a year. 

And – new time! – Julie is here every Thursday evening for you to get your beading fix!  🙂
Last but not least, Barbara is back with her free creative gathering for writers…. 
a harvest of creativity for you!!

Tai Chi in the Sculpture Garden with Tracey Temple

A Taste of Tai Chi Fall Series 
With Four Introduction Classes
​More information & REGISTER for one or more classes HERE

Join us for introduction to Tai Chi Classes! Classes will be conducted in the Sculpture Garden alongside the Center for the Arts. Space is limited so please sign-up 24 hours in advance of each class.  Ages 18 & Up.  Cost: $25 per class. 

Classes are held from 10 am – noon on the following Saturdays:
October 2: Intro to Qigong & Sun Style Tai Chi
October 16: Intro to Qigong & Yang Style Tai Chi
November 13: Mindful Movements Balancing Act – An Introduction to the Principles of Tai Chi
November 20: Intro to Qigong & Tai Chi for Energy

Make a Merry Christmas Table Runner with Polly Pohlman

Quilt a beautiful table runner with Polly’s expert help!
Two-day class: Saturday Oct 23 from 12:30-3:30 and Sunday Oct 24 from 2-5. 
$65 for members; $70 for non-members – includes kit
More information and REGISTER HERE

For ages 16 to adult
​Skill level: beginner

Mommy and Me Art Class

Age / Who it’s for: 18 months – 5 year-olds + Caregiver
First and Third Thursday from 10am – 11am. Starts October 21

This is a time for you and your child to grow together in a creative atmosphere. It’s a place to have fun, enjoy the process, get a little messy, and learn to be comfortable with creating.

Fee and registration:
For 2 consecutive classes and supplies: $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Register and pay by emailing Carlee 

Preschool: Lil’ Artists’ Class
Age / Who it’s for: 3 – 5 year-olds
Every Tuesday from 11am – 12pm. Starts October 19

This is a place where little artists are exposed to a creative environment and learn to simply enjoy artistic processes. This class helps them be comfortable with creating via a relaxed atmosphere where they explore materials, colors, and even techniques all while developing core social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills.

Fee and registration:
For 4 consecutive classes and supplies: $75 for members, $85 for non-members. Register and pay by emailing Carlee.

Basic Digital Photography with Robert Richardson

Saturday, October 30 at 1 – 4 pm:
More information and ​REGISTER HERE
Free with your class – Bob’s own Basic Digital Photography course book. $30 for members; $35 for non-members.

Sunday Write-In
Every Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.
This FREE Creative Gathering is open to anyone interested in writing. Feel free to drop in Sundays anytime between 1:30 – 4:30 to write in a supportive environment or chat with others about writing – hosted by writer, Barbara Barth. Bring a snack and drink if you’d like! 

FALL FEST & Saturday Soiree: October 9

Another Fun Monroe Event – FALL FEST!  
Fall Fest is the official kick-off for the Fall Season in Downtown Monroe. Families can come and enjoy a day full of activities, costume contest, games and rides for children. Others can walk around and enjoy the change of weather, visit our local downtown shops, dine in our restaurants, and enjoy live music!

We have three drop-in workshops planned.  Click HERE for more information!

Clay polymer earring and necklace set (photo above)
Pottery Project: Pumpkin plate (photo below)Kids’ Painting with Carlee

Check out the sidewalk areas in front of the Center to see what our awesome artist-members have been creating lately – affordable, unique and gorgeous gifts!  Support LOCAL artists and makers!

Adult and older teen Classes 
Details for Adult classes can be found * HERE * on our website.  Teens 16+ are welcome in most of our Adult Classes.  Register at least 24 hours in advance.  Space is limited and classes may fill early.

SIP AND PAINT (no teens!) with Donna Coffman:
Friday, October 15 at 7pm – Email Donna to RSVP and get on her “education” email list for advance notice of classes – painting: TBA

Journaling with Pictures, Stickers and Ephemera
Saturday October 2 from 10am-11am

Journaling with Stamps and Stencils
Saturday, October 16 10:00 am – Noon 

Walton Writers events 
Zoom meetings held twice monthly — the first Thursday and second Saturday — join Walton Writers MeetUp to learn more!

Woodturning with Todd Tetterton: The Ikebana 
Three times to choose from (note classes are filling quickly)Friday, Oct 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)Saturday, Oct 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ALMOST FULL)Saturday, Oct 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. (ALMOST FULL)You must REGISTER by emailing Todd

Beginner Guitar Lessons with Zach Coffman:  
Thirty-minute-long individual lessons starting offered at various times and days.  Ages 9 to adult. 
Schedule your time and register by emailing Zach 

POTTERY with Rebecca Braswell:
Tuesdays from 5 – 6 Teens only
Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30pm and
Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 – 11:30am
Beginner Pottery next six week course begins on September 28 (FULL)Register by emailing Rebecca 

KNITTING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 

DRAWING with Sandy Blanchard:
Wednesdays from 2 – 3 pm 

MONROE MAKERS – free creative gathering
Thursdays from 1 – 3 — drop-in to hang out with other creatives.  Paint angels for our ART MD kits with JoeAnn or bring your own supplies and do your own thing!

Kids’ Classes
Details for Kids’ classes can be found HERE on our website.  
Email the teacher to register at least 24 hours in advance.  Space is limited and classes may fill early.

Paint and Pizza Party with Donna Coffman
ages 6+ — Saturday, October 2from 12 – 2. — painting Halloween Cat!  Email Donnato register and pay

Pottery with Rebecca Braswell: 
ages 9+ — Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45
Email Rebecca  

(After School Arts Program) General Art classes with different projects, tools and emphasis on skills each month. Email Donna to register and pay.  Space is limited. September – May only – Tuesday afternoons

If you are an artist-member in our shop (or have been in the past) and would like to host a POP-UP SHOP on October 9 during the city-wide event – Fall Fest, let me know.  You set up your own table outside, handle your own transactions and settle up with us at the end of the day for only 10% of your sales.  No rental fee – what a deal!

Don’t forget: our Christmas Market opens OCTOBER 30!
Thank you to these visionary and generous business sponsors for 2021. In times like these, we have extra-special reasons to be grateful to our business sponsors.  

These businesses appreciate the good we are doing in our community and have said an enthusiastic “YES!” to our 2021 Business Sponsor Campaign with tax-deductible donations.  Please support these businesses and thank them for their sponsorship.

BIG THANKS, also, to the City of Monroe for the thousands of ways they help and support us.   

Your business can also become aligned with our positive message of the beauty and healing nature of art and our mission of bringing ART FOR ALL!  Learn more HERE.
Check out our website  … and calendarFind YOUR joy by volunteering here!Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, October 2 at 1pm.  You don’t have to be an artist to volunteer.  Help is needed in many ways!

Learn more about our Art MD Healing Art Kits and our Healing Arts Outreach programs — plus ways you can help HERE.

*** Call for Entries – our next show that will be open for entries is our annual MEMBERS SHOW in January 2022 ***

Support 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!

Read our latest MEMBERS’ MEMO 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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