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Show Us Your Colors! April 8 - 23
The annual MAC Art Show is being held April 8th - 23rd, 2017 at the House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson, MA. Click here for full details, application forms and important dates. NEW: CLICK FOR THE LIST OF ACCEPTED WORKS!

Artists Wanted! Call for Entry!
All artists are invited to enter the Monson Arts Council Spring Show! Entry application deadline for hand delivered art has been EXTENDED to March 15. If you miss this, you can still bring your work on Saturday March 18 from 9 - 11am with a $5 additional fee. Printmakers, Artists who Draw, Fiber Artists! You are eligibile for our show. First Prizes available for your art! Click here for Entry Form & Prospectus. Artists that have received notification of acceptance into our show may enter items in our Sales Shop. Guidelines and List of Items for Sale here.

March 31st: Coffee House Unplugged to Benefit Monson Free Library
The annual Coffee House Unplugged sponsored by the Monson Arts Council will be held on Friday, March 31st, at the Monson Free Library, 5 High Street, Monson, at 7 P.M. Each year the Council invites local performers, including writers of prose and poetry, dramatists, and musicians to share in an evening celebrating local talent to benefit the Monson Free Library, all in a casual setting. Light refreshments and beverages, including coffee and tea, will be served. Seating is limited, so come early and enjoy the ambiance. Donations of $5.00 will be accepted at the door. For those interested in performing, an application is available by clicking this link, at the Monson Free Library or by contacting Gay Paluch at john.paluch@comcast.net or by phone at 413-893-9014.

Maria Luisa Arroyo to Present Workshop
Local poet Maria Luisa Arroyo will present a workshop entitled "Ekphrasis: Writing Poems in Response to Art" in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Spring Art Exhibition and Sale sponsored by the Monson Arts Council. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th, 6:30-8:30 at the House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson. Ms. Arroyo, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry, is the author of a poetry collection, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras, (Bilingual Press, 2008) and a chapbook, Flight (Thousand Hand Press, 2016). She has facilitated workshops at the previous four Spring Art Exhibits in Monson. Participants will be introduced to various writing techniques for responding to art and then will be afforded the opportunity to tour the exhibit, "Show Me Your Colors" before composing original poetry. Seating is limited to twenty people. To register, contact Gay Paluch by e-mail john.paluch@comcast.net or by phone 413-893-9014. The cost for the workshop is $5.00. Additional information about the spring exhibit can be found at monsonartscouncil@yahoo.com or MacArtShow@earthlink.net

Kids Spring Forward With Craft Day
On March 13th the House of Art was buzzing with activity as 15 students ages 7-11 and 6 teachers gathered to usher in spring with the second annual Spring Fling Craft Day for Kids. Each room had a different activity including truffle-la trees, flower crowns, decorating cookies, T-shirt design, sewing a blue bird and designing a fairy house. The Monson Arts Council sponsors the event along with a Halloween Craft Day in October and a Holiday Craft Day in December. The kids love coming together to learn new skills and make cool stuff. If you are interested in signing up for future events, please contact newland.andrea@gmail.com

Talent Show Graced by Good Weather, Great Acts!
The eighth annual Monson Arts Council talent show, Western Mass Performs, danced around the snowflakes this past Saturday night. With cleanup from the last storm still not complete, and with Sunday's storm looming, the show went on splendidly in a blessed window of calm. An enthusiastic audience was regaled by 24 impressive acts, waiting patiently through some early sound difficulties, and thoroughly enjoying themselves. For a full story and pictures, visit the Talent Show page.

Happy Holidays at the House of Art
Holiday Craft Day for Kids sponsored by the Monson Arts Council was a big hit held on December 11, 2016. Teachers and 18 students had a fun time getting pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafting winter wonderland sculptures, "ugly holiday sweaters," candy encrusted gram cracker houses, jewelry and decoupage projects. Photos with Santa were mailed home in cards decorated by the kids.

Halloween Craft Day III Haunts House of Art
The Monson House of Art was brimming over with tricks and treats as 20 kids attended the third annual Halloween Craft Day for Kids. Held on October 23, this 4 hour workshop brought together local artists to teach spooky crafts and fun activities to returning and new students alike. Projects included essential oils sugar face scrub, witches clothesline, spider web nightmare catcher, decoupage serving trays, mini haunted houses, felt finger puppets, yoga and a snack. Wyatt Aloisio of the Palmer Journal stopped by to photograph and interview the young artists for the paper. The kids had a blast and look forward to future events.

Summer Art Camp a Huge Success in 2016
The popular art camp put on by Monson Park and Recreation with support from the Monson Arts Council had another summer filled with art, dance, poetry and fun. Local artists taught basket making, video art, music and more to area children. For a full story, click here.

Monson Arts Council Videos on M-PACT TV
MPACT has several videos about Monson Arts Council activities, you may view the videos by clicking here.

Community Partners
The Community Partners Page recognizes the year-long support of these businesses for the arts in Monson. Click the list to view the page with full information.

Support the MAC!
You can join online, renew your dues - even donate to us using the convenience of your credit card!

Experience the Quaboag Hills Region
While you're in town for any of the MAC's exciting and fun events, download the Chamber of Commerce's Experience the Quaboag Hills Region Visitor's Guide to find listings of many other interesting and fun things to check out while you're here!

Advertising Opportunities with the MAC!

You can now promote your business in the Monson Arts Council's Theater Programs and other printed materials! Click Here for Details!

For further information on any of the Monson Arts Council programs, please contact Peter Barnett at 413-267-9764.







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