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 Middletown Community Garden is pleased to announce its newly erected, locally made sign. Established in the summer of 2016, one year after the devastating Valley Fire, the Middletown Community Garden was built on a lot generously leased to the NCO Gardens Project by Calpine at The Geysers at no cost. A three year grant from Calpine Corporation aided in garden construction and fund garden needs. Today the garden consists of 35 plots continuously providing fresh food while serving as a safe, healing space for fire survivors and as a reminder that the Middletown Community is rebuilding.
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.
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 Lake County Public Services Department is happy to announce that the Middletown Pool has been scheduled to open for the 2020 swim season. The pool will be opening on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The hours of operation will be 12:00pm-5:00pm Wednesday through Sunday. We will be following the California Department of Public Health guidance on public pools in response to COVID. Please review and honor guidelines while at the Middletown Pool so that we may stay open and offer you a great swim season.
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) announces a 3-part digital marketing workshop “Tools for Visibility in the Age of Social Distancing” geared to professional artists. It’s happening this Sat. May 2nd from 1:30 to 3pm and the next two Saturdays May 9th and 16th. This course is designed to help artists explore a range of new digital tools to inventory their work and collections, and to establish an online presence. “It will help you to market and manage your art career more easily and professionally, and provide an online showcase for potential buyers, collectors, and galleries to see your work more easily,” explained Workshop Leader and Curator Nicola Chipps. “We will also be talking about the Covid-19 Crisis and resources within the arts community that can provide a forum for discussion, as well as relief programs.”
The School Garden Conference was made possible by the fundraising efforts of Middletown International Charter School. Attendees took part in a variety of learning opportunities where they exchanged ideas about maintaining their school gardens and using them as educational tools. Barbara Howe, Health Services program coordinator of CalFresh Healthy Living, led an interactive activity about connecting the garden to curriculum standards. She demonstrated that a school garden could be a living classroom for evidence-based curriculum on any subject, including Math, Science, and Language Arts.
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 Middletown Area Merchants Association (MAMA) is seeking concept sketches for a gateway to Middletown. The gateway will span 15-20 ft wide and be about 12-18 ft tall. It will be installed on the east side of Hwy 29 in the open space near Perry’s Deli. This is not an arch over a road as much […]
Come enjoy a Presentation in Integrated Pest Management with bugs in Organic and Regenerative farming. Saul Alba from the Beneficial Insectary will be discussing how beneficial insects can play a key role in our farming practices indoor, greenhouses and outdoor. Saul will be describing ways to avoid using pesticides implementing companion planting and conservation strategies to balance the good bugs and bad bugs.
This past Wednesday evening, the Middletown Unified School community took a moment to step back and recognize the tremendous efforts of teachers, parents and others to bring back the Middletown Unified School Band. This year signifies the year that the first students (from the year the program was re-started) are now seniors at Middletown High School.
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.