The Middletown Art Center (MAC) presents Ekphrasis: Apart and Connected a creative writing workshop hosted by Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie, Saturday April 10, 1-4pm in hybrid format on Zoom and at MAC. Ekphrasis, meaning “Description” in Greek, is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Artwork from MAC’s current “Apart and Connected” exhibit will serve as writing prompts. Participants will create ekphrastic writing using description, imagination, and narration to reflect the artwork or an interpretation of the artwork.
Our March 27th Broom Buster Event to begin the process of removing Scotch Broom a highly flammable and invasive plant from St. Helena Creek in Middletown was very successful and we cleared approximately 3-acre feet. We had a total of 59 volunteers who did an outstanding job of participating in this event. We had two volunteers that came from out of County, one from San Jose and one from Ukiah.
Join us this Saturday, March 20th, at 6:30pm for a virtual opening reception of Middletown Art Center’s (MAC) new exhibit Apart & Connected on Zoom. The exhibit features a broad variety of expressions of separation and connection as we mark one year of pandemic challenges. Also on view is Nicholas Hay’s series, Strategies for Sanity and ceramic works from Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project artists.
Families are invited to join Middletown Art Center artists for Clay Date & Guided Exhibit Tours on Saturday, March 13th, from 1:00-3:30pm. The tours will be guided by Artist, and Art Educator Lisa Kaplan in the gallery, and the Clay Date will be facilitated outdoors (inside if raining), by Ceramic Artist, Jacque Adams. All ages are welcome. Social distancing and masking will be observed.
Writers, creatives, artists, fellow pandemics are invited to join Lake County author Michelle Scully on a quest to uncover Hemingway’s famous quote exhorting writers to write the ‘truest sentence you know.’ Truth Serum is offered Saturday, March 6th, from 1:00pm-4:30pm on Zoom by Middletown Art Center (MAC).
Middletown Art Center (MAC) is seeking artists interested in responding to the natural environment of Middletown Trailside Park through materials and content. Participation is a unique opportunity to address continuous recovery through thoughtful artistry and/or restoration. Projects should integrate the spirit and materials of the park and the ‘locus’ of Lake County.
While unloading disposable surgical masks and hand sanitizers for Middletown area small businesses and nonprofits recently, we asked Chanele Hellwege why she started her shipping, packing and vehicle registration business on Hwy 175 in Middletown, she responded, “See a need, fill a need.” And that is how Middletown Mail and More got started.
The Lake County Arts Council announces the winners of the Lake County Poetry Out Loud competition! The First Place Winner was Emily Maccario from Middletown High School. Second Place Runner-Up was Karen Espinoza and Third Place Runner-Up was Leslie Chairez, both senior high school students are also from Middletown High School.
With the evolving landscape of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Christmas in Middletown planning committee of the Middletown Area Merchants Association has decided to bring our area holiday tradition to its most basic form to help keep everyone as safe as possible. Though we won’t have our usual events and programs, Middletown shops will remain open to provide holiday shoppers the opportunity to support their favorite small businesses over a THREE-DAY time frame– encouraging social distancing.
Middletown Art Center (MAC) is hosting a virtual opening reception for their new exhibit “HOME” on Saturday, December 5th, from 6-8pm. The opening will feature a virtual tour of the gallery and conversations with exhibiting Artists and Co-Curators Nicola Chipps and Lisa Kaplan. Broadcast on Zoom, the event is free and open to the public. A link is available at MiddletownArtCenter.org. It will also be live-streamed on Facebook through MAC’s page @ARTMiddletown.
Through Meals on Wheels America, the yearly Subaru Share the Love Event has helped deliver more than 2.3 million meals to America’s seniors since its inception in 2008. Subaru and its retailers support Meals on Wheels because it is part of their commitment—to leaving the world a better place than they found it through the core values of trust and love.
Reuben and Kassie Koontz moved back to Lake County in 2015 after living in Santa Rosa for years. There, Reuben did high-end autobody work and made great money. But they wanted a different, more rural lifestyle. So Kassie moved back home to Middletown, where her family has lived for four generations. There, she and Reuben created Koontz Mercantile, an eclectic shop filled with all kinds of cool stuff. And ‘cool’ is the right word. The place has an aura of hipness. A surfboard serves as a shelf in the outdoor room, while a bicycle turned into a side table sits underneath rows of aprons filled with different sayings. “Shut up Liver, You’re Fine,” one reads.
It’s seven o’clock in Middletown, California. The sun has just set, leaving its last beams to stretch across the rugged Mayacamas Mountains. As the last glimmer of purple eases from the ridges of Mount St. Helena, the lights around Twin Pine Casino begin to glimmer. Located approximately thirty minutes north of Calistoga and just south of Middletown, a rural town with an incredible art gallery and spectacular Thai food, Twin Pine has been a part of the Middletown community for decades. It hosts free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, supports the local community, and serves as an evacuation center during fires. And, like everyone else, Twin Pine has had to adapt. Following the COVID shut down in March, Twin Pine made some large adjustments to ensure that the guests were safe when they visited.
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 Senior Center is hiring a part time employee. 8:30am-1:30pm M-F. We need someone with kitchen experience, someone who could step up and cook when our head cook is out. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs, be reliable, and understand that we have a vulnerable population depending on us. We take pride in our food and our safety .Pay depends on experience we offer most holidays paid, Vacation pay, sick pay, Aflac and retirement. Call Lori at 987-3113.
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!