Hello friends -
Hope this email finds you well! We are rocking along here ... offering our classes, wrapping up the Regional Show (have you seen it?!?), getting ready for the Christmas Shop and other events.
By the way, if you have art in the Regional Show, the pick up days are Friday and Saturday, October 23-24 from 11 - 5.
A few "insider" updates...
Categories: 2D, 3D, Photography and Functional Pottery. Also a Youth category for ages 10-17.
Enter up to three pieces for $35. I'll send out the registration form soon.
• Drop off Jan 8-9
• Install/hang the show: Jan 12 (volunteers needed!)
• Opens Jan 13
• Awards Reception Jan 22
• Closes Feb 20
• Pick up Feb 23-24
Our Gifts from the HeART Shop opens Thursday, November 5.
I have these members signed up so far to have a booth at the shop:
If your name is not on this list and you've told me you would like to be in the shop, please remind me. :-)
We still have room for a few more artists/artisans so please contact me ASAP if you want space.
1 -- If you are NOT already in our gift shop, you will have to be juried into the Christmas shop. We are looking for quality of course, but also works that are unique and not in direct competition with what we already have. Send me photos and I will run your submissions by our gallery committee and will let you know.
2 -- Set up is on these days
Show opens Thursday Nov 5
3 -- You will need to provide a small table, like a card table and a white tablecloth. It's also nice if you have some fun & festive decor. Make your table attractive. Bring your own display items to make things easily accessible (displays for earrings for example etc).
4 -- The majority of items you offer should be in the range of $35 or less. Keep in mind that our average selling price is $15-20.
5 -- REFRESH your items every 2-3 weeks. We have repeat shoppers. In November you may want to offer more fall/Thanksgiving themed items. Remove those items by December 1 and replace with Christmas decor and gifts etc.
6 -- TIP: If you can be set up by Fall Fest on October 31, we should be busy and have lots of shoppers that day. You may even want to offer some specials for that day only.
7 -- EVERYTHING must be tagged and priced. Contact me if you don't know how to do this.
8 -- The Christmas Shop technically closes on 12/24. If you want to run an after-Christmas sale, you are welcome to do that. All items must be removed by January 6.
9 -- We are open until 8pm (if the city does this again) for candlelight shopping on these Thursdays: 11/8, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17. Volunteers are appreciated.
10 -- PLEASE PUBLICIZE the shop to your friends and family via social media. Invite them and bring them here to shop!
11 -- FESTIVE OPEN HOUSE with hot cider and refreshments: Thursday, Nov 12 from 5 - 8 pm. Help needed - please - to bring snacks and hosts/hostess.
12 -- Christmas Parade, I assume, will be held 12/3 unless it is canceled because of the virus. This is a busy night for us and a good night to have your items freshened up!! We usually host a members' pot-luck that night, too -- will make an announcement about that later.
13 -- The usual 75/25 split applies. Please note that of our 25%, we only net about 8-9% after we take care of supplies, processing fees etc.
FALL FEST OCTOBER 31
We will have a pottery workshop and pop-up shops. I have these artists listed for a pop-up shop. Washington Street will be closed so there is plenty of room for booths. Bring your own tables and tents (if you have one) and chairs.
Please let me know if I've left you off the list or if you'd like to be added:
We are seeking artists, artisans and writers to instruct community art classes. These classes can cover just about any artistic genre, e.g., painting, fiber arts, mixed media, jewelry making, writing, various crafts, etc.
Instructors design their classes: examples -- a one-time workshop, a course of 3-6 weeks or weekly on-going classes.
We have a class proposal worksheet for you to fill out. This helps you walk through exactly what you need (and we need) to start teaching here - and includes our policies.
We also have an interview/mock class process for new teachers - you must demonstrate your project/work to our education chair.
We have fabulous teachers here and wish to expand our offerings of more creative and fun classes to our community, taught by artists who also love to teach!
We offer classes for all ages - children, teens and adults - and all levels of experience - beginners to advanced.
Thank you so much for your support!
see you soon -
Hope Reese, director of Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts since February, 2017.