Middletown Art Center (MAC) welcomes the community back to engage with the arts and culture! ECO ZOOLOGY Summer Camp begins Monday June 22, Marcus Maria Jung is busy teaching sculptural woodworking on-site on Rabbit Hill, and the MAC Art Garden at the junction of highways 175 and 29 is getting a facelift. The MAC gallery is now open Saturday from 11-5 or by appointment, (with a private tour!), and the current exhibit DREAMS is accessible online.
ECO ZOOLOGY summer camp will be held Monday through Friday, June 22-26 from 9:30-12:30 at MAC, with teaching Artists Laura Kennedy, Emma Wakefield, and Darina Simeonova. Activities will include collaborative creation of an owl sculpture to install at the EcoArts Sculpture Walk at Trailside Park, animal and nature explorations, drawing, painting, collage making, and more. The first day will include painting and tie-dying bandana masks.
”We’ve learned that birds and raptors are the biggest missing pieces of the ecosystem at Trailside Park because there are so few trees left. I chose the Owl for our collaborative sculpture to call attention to the animals that are busy at night,” explained Artist and Instructor Laura Kennedy. “As a team, campers will select an owl species native to Lake County, then we’ll use wood collected from the park and jute string to lash, tie, and bind wood together to create our sculpture.”
Children and youth ages 5-15 are welcome to join. Current health and safety standards will be observed. “We’ll have creative fun in smaller groupings by age inside and outside spread throughout the studio, gallery, and Art Garden. Each child will also have their own supplies,” added Programs Director Lisa Kaplan.
Learn more and sign up at Middletownartcenter.org/classes. Space is limited so be sure to pre-register. A second camp session, ART for ART’S SAKE will take place at MAC July 13-24.
The MAC’s reopening has been filled with artistic activity. Marcus Maria Jung has been working with community members on Animate Earth (working title), a new sculpture on the western slope of Rabbit Hill. The public is invited to join him and learn the art of natural wood sculpture through the making of this site-specific installation. Work takes place most days between 8 am and 1 pm through June 26, with a few exceptions. Please email email@example.com or call 707-809-8118 at least a day in advance, to coordinate with MAC as Marcus will be taking Sunday and other days off.
Work beautifying the Art Garden is being done by Frankie White and local youth. Community Service hours are available for Middletown High School students who wish to earn their hours engaging in art-making while learning practical skills for working with natural wood or rocks.
The MAC Gallery has reopened and will gradually open for additional hours in the weeks to come. This week MAC will be open Saturday 11-5 pm, next week Saturday and Sunday 11-5 pm, and other days by appointment. Call 707-809-8118 a day in advance to schedule your visit. You can even request a guided tour.
In addition, the current show DREAMS can be viewed in 3D online at https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=pMxYvxv5tAZ. The virtual gallery was created by Third Eye Visuals and presents an excellent option for enjoying the exhibit from home.
Calls for work and proposals can be found at www.middletownartcenter.org/artists. For the time being, all new exhibits will also be available as virtual tours.
There’s lots happening at the MAC! Find out more about programs, opportunities, and ways to support the MAC’s efforts to weave the arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County at www.middletownartcenter.org.