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VALLEY GIVES DAY! Tuesday May 3rd
A great day to give to all your favorite nonprofits, including of course the Monson Arts Council! Please include us in your giving plans for the day - click here.

MAC 23rd Annual Spring Art Exhibition and Sale!
The Monson Arts Council's 23rd annual juried art show and sale is running weekends, April 16 - May 1, 2016 at the House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson, MA. The theme for this year's show is "Deep", art that reflects what the concept "deep" means for the artists. With $4300.00 in prizes, in five major categories, this year's show is a great one. Click here for the online gallery.

Spring Fling Craft Day for Kids
Spring Fling Craft Day for kids will be held at the Monson House of Art, located at 200 Main St., in Monson, on March 6th from 12-4pm, for ages 7-14 at a cost of $30. Please send payment by March 1st. We will create many spring themed crafts that can be used for home decoration for years to come. Sewing bunnies, a potted plant, decorate cookies and more! This "crafternoon" is sponsored by the Monson Arts Council. Register early by sending a check along with with your completed registration form to Monson Arts Council, PO Box 306, Monson, MA, 01057, OR register online and pay by Pay Pal here. Questions? email at newland.andrea@gmail.com.

Look for the Morning Glories!
The morning glories are poised to bloom again, this time at the Monson Free Library. The indoor sculpture "Morning Glories", created by sculptor Bill Wainwright for the program building at the Monson Development Center, will soon have a new home. When the MDC closed, the Monson Arts council negotiated with the state to be given custody of the sculpture, and began immediately searching for an appropriate new location.

The Monson Free Library will be that location. Hope Bodwell, the library director, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the move. The library boasts a corridor space with a peaked ceiling, similar to the sculpture's original home, though on a smaller scale. The morning glories will lead the way from the library entrance to the domed Children's Room.

The morning glories will be installed in March, in preparation for an April opening. The date cannot be set yet, since it will be timed to coincide with the dedication of the new reading room, a major enhancement of the Library facilities. Hope will be announcing that opening when the date is firm. At that time, you will also be able to enjoy some new blooms!

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 22st Annual Spring Art Exhibition and Sale sponsored by the Monson Arts Council. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th, 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, published in 2008 by Bilingual Review Press, Arizona State University; she enjoys performing her poetry nationally, including in Puerto Rico and in the Palabra Pura Series hosted by The Guild Complex in Chicago. She has facilitated workshops at the previous two 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, "Deep", 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. Questions about the spring exhibit can be sent to MacArtShow@earthlink.net.

April 29th: Coffee House Unplugged to Benefit Monson Free Library
The annual Coffee House Unplugged sponsored by the Monson Arts Council will be held on Friday, April 29th, 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 online here, or by contacting Gay Paluch at john.paluch@comcast.net or by phone at 413-893-9014.

Celebrate Fiber Arts
The Monson Arts Council (MAC) holds an annual juried art show each spring and for the past 37 years, our popular Holiday Craft Fair has enlivened Thanksgiving weekend in Monson. Now we present Celebrate Fiber Arts, our first show dedicated solely to Fiber Arts, to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 30 through October 2, 2016, in four locations in downtown Monson. A reception will be held on Friday evening, with all exhibit and vendor areas open. Vendors representing all of the fiber arts (not only quilting, weaving, and felting) are welcome and are encouraged to apply. We are planning for a broad range of products and services. Vendors will be placed in a balanced and interesting manner throughout the buildings. We will accept up to 60 vendors. Click here to download a brochure with complete information and application forms. NEW: Click here for the ONLINE Vendor Application

Halloween and the Holidays: Kids get their craft on at the Monson House of Art
On October 25th the Monson House of Art was alive with laughter and crafting magic as 18 students dove into a 4 hour workshop to make all things Halloween. On December 13th the second Holiday Craft Day for Kids was held at the House of Art with 23 joining in for the day of fun. Click here for an article and photos from the events.

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 Maureen Solomon at 413-267-3042.







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