Hello MWCA members!
We have weathered what I hope is the worst of 2020 and remain open to serve you and our community through offering classes, an inspiring new Show and everyone's favorite gift shop! Comments I've heard just today: "It's so calm and peaceful here. This is a really nice break from the world." "This is our first visit to Monroe and this place is amazing! We'll be back!" I hear comments like those almost daily.
It's great fun to take someone on their first tour of this place and watch their eyes just about pop out of their heads. I know we take this place for granted, but having a community art center offering a shop, classes, gallery shows and events of our caliber is a rare and precious thing.
Have you seen the new show? It's really amazing; my favorite one so far, I think. 64 artists are showcased through over 130 works selected by a panel of jurists. It truly is the best of the best.
COMING UP …
You might be interested in how the shop is doing ...
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- this will help people find us when looking for things to do in Monroe.
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Our classes are back! If you're interested in teaching, please let me know!
Please consider contributing a little of your time to our community art center - learn more here and take a moment to fill out our Volunteer Survey here: https://forms.gle/Sm7ZDy4wU5F5EMrE7
Please be our ambassador and help us spread the word about the good things happening here!
See you soon –
Good day to our Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts Members!
Here's the list of our Members' Show winners plus a couple other announcements. Above you'll see a few of our winners that I was able to catch through the evening.
1 -- MEMBERS' SHOW
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 Members Show Winners - announced at our fabulous celebration Wednesday night...
Thank you to *all* who entered our show - it's great one because of your talent and willingness to share the wonder and beauty of art with our community.
And SO MANY THANKS to our Gallery Committee, headed by Shirley Yagrich, who works tirelessly to bring our community these wonderful shows. Much gratitude to: Sandy Blanchard, Carole Bowlden, Rebecca Braswell, Chris Goga, Sue Grilli, Jill Lingerfelt, Susan Pelham, Stephanie Ruby, Maribeth Schmeltzer, Carrie Soles and Mary Vogel.
The show judge was Dr. Katie Geha, Director of the School of Art Galleries, Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA.
Come see the show soon - closes on January 31. For photos, see our Facebook page, please.
Best in Show: Homage to Gauguin, Katherine Summers
2D First: Magic, Barbara Barth
2D Second: Cat Dreams, Cindy Wood
3D First: Black and White Naked Raku, Linda Russell
3D Second: Vase #2, John Johnson
Functional Pottery First: Il Vaso di Flori,Sandy Blanchard
Functional Pottery Second: Stairsteps, Beth Trinh
Photography First: Last Day, Julie Bell
Photography Second: Lion, Renee Hraga
Fiber First: Cotton, Peggy Malcom
Fiber Second: Sea Turtle, Jill Lingerfelt
Youth First: Turtle in Glove, Paige Garvin
Youth Second: Kitty Litter, Clarissa Wright
* Honorable mentions:
Crystal Tree: Ian Bell
Morning Bath: Mary Vogel
White Stag: Susan Pelham
Blue Calm II: Alexis Hummel
Circle of Life: Missy Lindsey
Exploration: Julie Bell
Gentle Breeze: Michael Gibson
River Runs Through It: Sharon Enlow
Interior #2: Pat Zwarg
Mountain Bowl: Donna Campo
Our Regional Show is coming up in APRIL - please consider entering this juried show that is open to all artists, members and non-members alike.
2 -- BOARD POSITIONS OPEN
We have two Chairs open as of January 1 on our Board of Directors. Our board is a working board and each board position has its own committee and responsibilities to oversee. We have an interview process and orientation documents so you can have a clear understanding of what our expectations are if you are approved onto the Board. These are important - CRUCIAL - positions ... and again, we're reaching out to our members for your help. You don't have to be an artist to serve -- just a love for this place, agreement with our mission and the time & commitment to serve for a minimum of two years. You'll make new friends and be a part of a great team of creative, caring people!
3 -- NEW CLASSES
We've launched three new on-going classes reaching new groups - HERE.
Thank you all, once again, for you support for this place. I've heard this comment twice in the last 24 hours - "I wish I lived closer to Monroe so I could get involved here!"
art for all -