The Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites community members to participate in Expidoxos: Writing for Expression, Healing and Growth, a creative writing workshop this Saturday, November 21, from 1pm-4:30pm on Zoom.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites the public to a reading of poetry and prose from its newly released chapbook RESTORE: Restoring Community Post-Disaster Through Art. The reading will take place on Zoom this Saturday, October 17, from 5pm to 7pm and is hosted by Lake County Poet Laureate 2020 – 2022, workshop facilitator, and RESTORE chapbook editor, Georgina Marie.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites community members to participate in Reframing Trauma: A Therapeutic Drawing and Writing Workshop, this Saturday September 5, from 12:30pm-3:30pm on Zoom. Artist Antje Howard and Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie will guide participants in a drawing and writing workshop to process and reframe trauma into creative expression. This class is the first of MAC’s current Second Responder series. The workshop will include a drawing process, a writing process, and time to share. “Drawing will help us to ground and explore the breadth of the emotions we are feeling at this current time,” explained Antje Howard. “We will use the Neurographica® technique, a simple intuitive drawing process that can help us to see things from a new perspective. No prior art experience is required, and all you need is a piece of paper, thin and thick black markers or pens and colored pencils, markers, or crayons.”
The Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College has been offering studio art classes at the Middletown Art Center (MAC) since Winter Semester 2019. This Fall Semester, the college is offering Drawing and Composition, Beginning (Art-4A-K8843). The class begins August 17 online so that participants are familiar with the tools and methods needed for remote learning. It will be available as a hybrid choice online or on-site in the MAC studio, (social distancing observed) in the coming weeks. The course is taught by artist and seasoned instructor Lisa Kaplan MFA, who is also Programs Director, Co-curator and an exhibiting artist at Middletown Art Center.
Nationally, the arts sector, especially nonprofits like the MAC were hit very hard by the closures. As part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) opened a grant opportunity to previous NEA awardees to support arts organizations of all sizes, so that they could keep their doors open during this challenging time. The MAC is among 855 of 3100 applicant organizations from all states to be awarded this grant from the NEA. About 15% of the grants went to organizations with budgets under $250,000. Different from most NEA grants which are designated for projects, the $50,000 CARES grant is for operations – specifically rent, utilities, and payroll or contractor/artist fees so that organizations can survive the economic impacts of the pandemic. The grant did not require a match. “We applied to help support and sustain rent, utilities, three key positions, and a series of low- cost art classes to provide a forum for self-expression in these uncertain times,” explained Kaplan, who spearheaded the grant writing team. “The funding only covers a percentage of these salaries and 4 months of rent and utilities. While this is a huge gift which we are honored to receive that ensures MAC can stay open for the coming months, we still rely on community support to truly sustain the organization” Thanks to the NEA CARES grant, partial funding to fill 2 part-time positions has been made available.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is opening its first exhibit since the Shelter in Place, “ELEMENTAL”, on August 8 from 6-8pm. A second capsule exhibit, “Postcards from Isolation” will be featured in the small gallery. The public is invited to participate in an evening of arts and culture with artists and art appreciators online, via Zoom and Facebook, or onsite at MAC. Social distancing and masking will be observed at MAC indoors and outdoors.
The Middletown Community Farmer’s Market and Makers Faire continues at the Middletown Art Center (MAC) this Friday July 24 and every Fridays thereafter through September 25. The market features localfresh organic produce and makers wares including crafts, self-care items, and clothing. Come support your local Farmers and Makers!
EcoArts Sculpture Walk is happening a little differently this year due to Covid-19. But, thanks to an award from the National Endowment for the Arts for LOCUS, A Sense of Place, work is currently being co-created and installed at the park. This Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 from 8-11 am, the public is invited to join Laura Kennedy to co-create an owl and learn some of Laura’s sculpture making techniques.
Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites children ages 5-15 to engage in Art for Art’s Sake summer camp. This enriching and fun creative adventure begins July 13 and runs through July 24, Monday thru Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm. The Instructors for this second session of camp at MAC are Jessie Beck, First Grade teacher at Cobb Mountain Elementary and Dance teacher, and Artist Lauren Schneider who has taught Grades K-8 multiple subjects, Art at Lower Lake High School, and Homeschool Art classes at MAC.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) will kick off its reopening this Saturday, June 13 with a Natural Woodworking Workshop with Sculptor Marcus Maria Jung. The public is invited to join the workshop from10am-3pm. Social distancing will be observed. Bring a mask, work gloves and tools you might have (like chisels and hammers) as well as water. There will be a break for lunch, so plan ahead.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites community members to participate in Connecting Community in the Age of Social Distancing – a meditative art inquiry with Antje Howard Saturday, May 30, from 11am-1pm via Zoom. The workshop will focus on reinvigorating our connection to one another and to different parts of ourselves, some of which have been quite dormant during the past 2 plus months.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is pleased to announce a call for work for the 2020 EcoArts Sculpture Walk. The walk, held annually at the Middletown Trailside Park, will open its 15th annual exhibition with a reception in early June this year. This will be the second exhibit since the park reopened following its devastation in the Valley Fire.
The public is invited to dance to songs of love, lust and loss this Valentine’s Day at Middletown Art Center from 7:30-11:30pm. Let the beats penetrate your heart and move your soles into past, present, and future loves. Come with a partner or come alone. DJ’s Shape Shift, Blue and Nic will provide something for everyone including Soul, Funk, R&B, House, World and Disco.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is opening its first exhibit of 2020, entitled “DREAMS” on February 8 from 6-8 p.m. with a free public reception. Please join us to see a variety of work in many mediums that speak to the breadth of expression that only a dream state can produce. Light refreshments and beverages will be available.
Middletown Art Center (MAC) is pleased to inform the public about 2 new classes that will begin the first week of February. Drawing People and Animals with Emma Wakefield which is geared to young people ages 7-17, and Photography: Composition and Light with Nicholas Hay which is designed for adults and teens.
Learn about the complicated, fascinating world of sustainable seafood this Friday January 24 from 6-8:30pm at Middletown Art Center (MAC). The evening will feature a screening of “Of the Sea” an award winning feature documentary by TrimTab Media, about California commercial fisheries. A trailer from “Ghost Fleet”, a recently completed documentary film about slavery on Thai fishing boats will also be screened. Following the screening will be a panel discussion about local seafood and fisheries policies with “Of The Sea” filmmaker Mischa Hedges and Journalist and former commercial fisherwoman Maria Finn. This informative event is free to the public.
LOCUS, a Sense of Place, the 2019 Sculpture Walk at Trailside Park is closing at the end of October. Be sure to catch it and be among hundreds of visitors from near and far who have walked and experienced the first Sculpture Walk since the Valley Fire devastated the park. Rising amidst young sprouting oaks, […]
This Friday, September 27, you can catch a four-band concert featuring a new generation of local and regional Alternative, Grunge & Indie Rock bands at the Middletown Art Center (MAC). The performances start promptly at 7, doors open at 6:30. LuvBug productions in partnership with the Middletown Art Center is proud to present the event. […]