hello members -
I hope this finds you all well. Just a few updates ...
I'm so proud to include our 2020 Impact Report. Our president, Laura Templeton, used her writing and design skills to pull this together for us. It gives you a view of our year, our accomplishments and challenges we faced. I hope you'll open it and spend a few moments celebrating our successes and victories through a tough year. Feel free to share this awesome report with others - we're super proud! Thank you, Laura! If you can't download it to take a look, drop by the center and I'll print one out for you. It is linked above.
GARDEN TOUR - MAY 15!!
We're hosting a fund-raising GARDEN TOUR on Saturday, May 15 from 10 am - 4 pm and there are LOTS of ways you can help. Ten gardens total; 7 homes and 3 specialty gardens!
Read ALL about it -
<<Volunteers and painters - your shift will last three hours from either 10 am - 1 pm OR 1 pm - 4 pm. As a THANK YOU to all our volunteers and painters -- you will get a FREE TICKET to the Tour to view the gardens during your "off" hours.>>
We are hoping to have a nice blend of beautiful gardens and art (of course), so we'd like to have plein aire (outdoor) painters situated in many of the gardens. These painters would simply paint the lovely garden as a demonstration while the Tour is happening. You might interact some and answer questions. This is a great way to promote yourself as a painter and will be a lot of fun. The painting belongs to you at the end of the day for you to keep or sell.
We'd like each home to have greeters to help guide people along and ensure the tour goes smoothly.
Are you a gardener? Could you provide a demonstration of a topic like container gardening or herb, flower, or vegetable gardening? Starting plants from seed? Anything?!?
Respond to this email if you'd like more information.
NEW/UPDATED GIFT SHOP
We had a big sale out of the Members' Show and so we were able to use "our" part to make huge improvements in the gift shop -- almost all the shelving has been replaced with crisp, white new shelves -- LOOKS FABULOUS!! Our artists' items just sparkle against the new shelves - you should come take a look! We only had to buy the materials, as volunteers built the shelves, saving us well over $1000. Many thanks to Tom Nehmer and Rebecca and Chris Braswell. The plans were provided by Babs Kall.
I think you'll be pleased. We are always looking for ways to improve around here.
We have LOTS and lots of new works in the shop - drop by for the perfect gift, art, home decor, jewelry and more!!
A QUICK COMPARISON
Just to compare - my first month here was Feb 2017 - I started right around Valentine's Day. We sold four items that month. We sold 163 of our local artists' works in February 2021. I always enjoy that look back on my anniversary to see how far we've come ... and it just keeps getting better!!
REGIONAL JURIED SHOW
The next show you might be interested in entering is the Regional Show in August. Online submissions start in June.
IN THE GALLERY
Elementary Student Art Show through March 18
Please contribute 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
See you soon-
Hope Reese, director of Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts since February, 2017.