Creative Sketching for Artists with Autism
Sep
14
to Oct 26

Creative Sketching for Artists with Autism

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Creating original artwork begins with the foundation of an interesting subject and to get those ideas on paper begins with sketching.  Sketching can be considered practice or the foundation of the art piece.  Learn to sketch like a pro!

Classes are scheduled every second and fourth Saturday in September and October.

Art materials and drawing pencils required are a sketch pad 9x12(or similiar size) and a HB drawing pencil

  • Learn the basics of shape and style

  • Shading

  • Creating Highlights and Shadow

  • Relaxed environment studio setting 

  • new students with Autism welcome

  • Dates are September, 14 and 29 and October, 12 and 26.

  • Choose to attend all four classes or two classes in September or October

  • Attendance Policy: When at Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism, all children 17 years old and under and those over 18 who are not their own guardian must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who is at least 21 years old

Payment can be made directly at the gallery by check or cash or click the “Reserve Your Classes” button below to make your selection.

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CRAFTS AND CONVERSATIONS
Oct
10
to Dec 5

CRAFTS AND CONVERSATIONS

Complete fun arts and craft projects at the Gallery and socilalize some too! The fist 45 minutes of each session will be focused on completeing the fall/winter craft project, the final 15 will be spent on socializing and communication! Download the flyer here.

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"Nightmare on Merchant Street" Escape Room and Art Show
Oct
18
to Oct 26

"Nightmare on Merchant Street" Escape Room and Art Show

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ESCAPE ROOM:

Space is limited to 8 people per running of the Escape Room* Advanced Registration is Required Call to reserve your spot today! (815)616-0160

October 18th and 19th

6-8 pm

October 25th and 26th

6-8 pm

ART SHOW

Runs October 10th through the 26th

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Art Happenings R Hip and Happenin
Oct
21
to Nov 18

Art Happenings R Hip and Happenin

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Monday, October 21st: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Monday, November 18th: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

This event is for families who have a Member of the Gallery with Autism. The activities are lead by an Olivet Art Therapy student. Art Happenings is designed exclusively for people with Autism and their families to have time to relax and interact with others with Autism in their family.

People under 18 or not their own guardian MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult over 21 years old. Download the flyer here.

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Glass Christmas Ornament Class
Oct
25
to Oct 26

Glass Christmas Ornament Class

DATE CHANGE!

This event is now taking place on Friday, October 25th at 5pm, and Saturday, October 26th at 10am.

You can register for this event by clicking on the link and filling out the form

Create your own beautiful Christmas ornaments out of glass. Imagine how beautiful they will be with Christmas lights glowing through them. Design 4 of your own creations for $55. Amy Simpson , the glass artist, will lead this class. Participants will use fused class to design any shape ornament they like. Amy wil fire them in her kiln and bring them back in time to decorate for Christmas. Download the flyer.

This is a limited opportunity to create one of a kind keepsakes so register today by clicking below!

Register for your space $55 for 4 custom Chirstmas ornaments

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! If you have never been to one of the glass classes and have questions? CONTACT US

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Flower Power by Amy Simpson
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Flower Power by Amy Simpson

Sign up today for this Glass Flower making class!

Blend glass powders into bright and cheerful patterns resembling tie dye that will make colorful garden stakes, mini bird feeder, or a gorgeous one of a kind bowl perfect for holiday gift giving.

  • $60 PER PERSON FOR YOUR CHOICE OF 2 GLASS FLOWERS OR 2 GLASS BOWLS OR 1 OF EACH.

  • $35 PER PERSON FOR 1 GLASS FLOWER OR 1 GLASS BOWL

  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • YOU MUST BE 6 OR OLDER TO ATTEND

  • GLASS FLOWER CLASS AND GLASS BOWL CLASSES IN ONE EVENING

Register for Flower Power

Have more questions? Please CONTACT US for questions.

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Shooting for Autism
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Shooting for Autism

NRA SHOOTING FOR AUTISM

Fundraiser for The Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism

October FUNDRAISER Countdown!

TRAPSHOOTING FOR AUTISM is on the 27th! Mark your calendar, bring your friends, be sure to sign up in advance!

FOOD! PRIZES! RAFFLES!

Food generously provided by Oliver’s Bar & Grill in Bradley!

Sunday, 10/27, registration begins at 10AM.

Call 847.954.4252 or Big Jack Miller at 815-295-1194 to sign up.

X-Line Shotgun Club (Formerly the X-Line Sportsman Club)

100 Bird Sporting Clays Shoot

$60 per shooter

SPONSORED BY:

Chapter 179 Pheasants Forever and No Dogs Sports Bar

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Art Therapy Workshops for People with Autism
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Art Therapy Workshops for People with Autism

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Art Therapy for youth ages 5-12 is 10:00AM-11:00AM

Art Therapy for young adults 13 and older is 12:30PM-1:30PM

Learn more about the Art Therapist and the program

This series of Art Therapy Sessions are for September through November

This series of Art Therapy Sessions are for September through November

What to expect

Please join us! If you or your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or a Sensory Processing Disorder, consider joining our upcoming art therapy groups!

• Art Therapy groups meets the first Saturday of the month.

• Groups are structured to include introduction to the art activity, art making, and time to share and discuss the process and products.

• Time to debrief with parents after the groups to keep them in the loop about their child’s progress and experience.

• Art directives that accommodate students on all ends of the Autism spectrum

The groups will meet on the first Saturday of the month. For more information or interest in signing up please contact the current art therapist, Lindsay Hathaway, LPC at lghathaway93@gmail.com or the gallery director, Janice Miller. We look forward to seeing you!

Program Cost

Cost for the program is $10 per month or $25 for 3 months of Art Therapy starting in September

  1. Download the application Click Here and return by mail or drop off at the Gallery.

  2. Make payment by clicking the “RESERVE ART THERAPY SEAT” button below.

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Self Portraits with HeArt
Oct
7
5:30 PM17:30

Self Portraits with HeArt

Merchant Street Art Gallery regularly partners with Olivet Nazarene students to provide programing the Artists have enjoyed. One particularly gifted group of students is part of the Student Ministries program with a group called HeArt. They are spiritually minded to provide a positive experience with our Artists. Click here to learn more about the HeArt Ministry.

Gallery members are invited to this event where they will express how they view themselves both internally and externally. Download the flyer here.

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Adventure Mini Golf Outing
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Adventure Mini Golf Outing

A fun event for our Artists coming in the month of September! Tickets for members will be FREE and Members can invite their friends and family for a special price of $7.

Adventure Mini Golf is located behind Northfield Square Mall at the Adventure Commons. https://www.adventurecommons.com/miniature-golf

Sign up here or contact us with any questions!

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Pizza and Beverages will be available at the Cafeteria following Golfing.

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Voting for Scarecrows Contest
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Voting for Scarecrows Contest

Judging will take place on Saturday, September 21st by local celebrity judges and the community can also vote for People’s Choice category. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be notified and then indicated on the scarecrow display.

  • The Scarecrow Hollow Festival will be on Saturday morning September 21st. All scarecrows will be on display. People’s Choice voting will be between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM for a $1.00 donation per vote. All proceeds will be donated to Amita Health Breast Center. Live music and tasty treats and FUN!

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Fall Art Stroll
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Fall Art Stroll

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The Fall Art & Craft Stroll will be held in downtown Kankakee on Sunday, September 8th from 11:00am - 4:00pm. You don’t want to miss it!!

This free event, presented by the Community Arts Council of Kankakee County, will showcase 80+ local artists and craft artisans who will exhibit and sell a variety of work. The Stroll runs from inside the historic Depot, around the fountain circle, one block east on Merchant and then south on Schuyler Avenue, with additional vendors in the Kankakee Farmers' Market lot.

Handmade arts and crafts will include art work - paintings, drawings, anime – photography and photographic items, stained glass, pottery and ceramics, painted porcelain and glass, wood carvings, metal work, and painted glass and porcelain creations, as well as custom jewelry, crocheted items, garden art, needlework, soaps and lotions, repurposed furniture and much more.

You’ll find a large variety of items along the 200 block of S. Schuyler with a wide array of paintings, drawings, pottery, metal work and more. Be sure to visit the shops along the way – Feed Art, Moon Cookie Gallery, Align Yoga, Love’s, Olde Roots, C&L Fine Goods and stop in for a special drink at Grapes & Hops.

Merchant Street between Schuyler and The Depot will include the kids’ zone offering free art-related children’s activities, chalk art, games, balloon art, and magic. The Search, Rescue & Apprehend – Bradley Police and Aroma Park Police K-9 Unit will be on-site in the Farmers’ Market Lot from 11:00am – 12:00pm and the Kankakee Fire Department and the Fire Safety House from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Fee activities will include face painting by BBCHS Art groups and a dime toss hosted by GiGi’s Playhouse.

Merchant Street and the Circle area by The Depot will also be home to artists and crafters offering a variety of handmade jewelry, wood items, garden art, soaps, sewn and crocheted items.

Be sure to stop in at The Depot for additional artists and crafters - custom wood pens, photography, the Art League, view the beautiful quilts on display from the Kankakee Quiltmakers, and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a quilt! Take a break on the back platform of the Depot and listen to live music by Patrick Noland.

Stroll the landscaped walk along the Depot, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants . . stop in at the Kankakee Train Museum's annual Railfest. Visit the railroad museum, step inside the old train car, visit the museum shop filled with model trains and railroad signs.

The Friends of the Kankakee Public Library will hold their used book sale on the front porch of The Depot.

Local theatre groups will be showcasing their talents and offering information on upcoming theatrical events

Don’t forget The Farmers’ Market Lot which will be filled with things to see and do, including Paradox Emporium’s – Escape Room & More. See live demonstrations of chainsaw carving, blacksmithing, spinning and electric wood burning design.

Entertainment will be offered throughout the day on The Depot platform and the stage on Schuyler -- KVTA, Boots In Motion, Limelight Theater Group, Tori Morgan, and so much more. Watch for spur-of-the-moment on-street entertainment.

And food! Food trucks will be set up in the parking lot north of The Depot offering a variety of sandwiches, including sausage, brats, burgers and hot dogs, pulled chicken and pork, plus specialty salads, popcorn, taffy apples and other treats.

Free event, free parking. Come out for a fun-filled day!

For more information, contact Nancy at 815.954.7702, momdutour@gmail.com or Dee at 815.662.7488, dee.cook@hotmail.com.

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Glass Jewelry Class
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Glass Jewelry Class

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Join us by signing up here online! We have space available!

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Did you miss our last jewelry class or do you want to do it again? Well you’re in luck. September 6th at 6pm we are having another one! The class costs $55 to make four pieces of jewelry, all for you to keep. The class is being taught by the amazing Amy Simpson. For more info, call 815-685-9057, or email info@merchantstreetartgallery.org, OR check out our facebook page “Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism”

We have a comfortable space to work in surrounded by our Artist’s latest work.

We have a comfortable space to work in surrounded by our Artist’s latest work.

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Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Social Practice Art Reception at Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery

The Merchant Street Art Gallery Artists in Collaboration with Heritage Village Residents Present “Social Practice” at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery.

Drew Carriker demonstrates working in clay.

Drew Carriker demonstrates working in clay.

The Merchant Street Art Gallery and Heritage Village will be featured at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery for the first ever summer art project’s Opening Reception. This collaboration began in June and throughout the past two months the Artists have worked on a variety of projects with the residents of Heritage Village. The Artists traveled to Heritage Village every Friday morning to share their art techniques in different mediums like clay, watercolor and origami.

The benefits were to allow our Artists to experience creating lesson plans, implementing the use of art materials for the projects, and gaining socialization skills outside their normal daily routines. The residents of Heritage Village enjoyed the activities and created many pieces which will be on display at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery located at 901 N Entrance Ave, Kankakee, Illinois 60901. (See map below).

The Activity was open to residents of all experience levels.

The Activity was open to residents of all experience levels.

Aric and Sean Turrell demonstrate painting techniques.

Aric and Sean Turrell demonstrate painting techniques.

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Aug
10
to Sep 29

Social Practice Art Show at Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery

The Merchant Street Art Gallery Artists in Collaboration with Heritage Village Residents Present “Social Practice” at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery.

Drew Carriker demonstrates working in clay.

Drew Carriker demonstrates working in clay.

The Merchant Street Art Gallery and Heritage Village will be featured at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery for the first ever summer art project’s Opening Reception. This collaboration began in June and throughout the past two months the Artists have worked on a variety of projects with the residents of Heritage Village. The Artists traveled to Heritage Village every Friday morning to share their art techniques in different mediums like clay, watercolor and origami.

The benefits were to allow our Artists to experience creating lesson plans, implementing the use of art materials for the projects, and gaining socialization skills outside their normal daily routines. The residents of Heritage Village enjoyed the activities and created many pieces which will be on display at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery located at 901 N Entrance Ave, Kankakee, Illinois 60901. (See map below).

The Activity was open to residents of all experience levels.

The Activity was open to residents of all experience levels.

Aric and Sean Turrell demonstrate painting techniques.

Aric and Sean Turrell demonstrate painting techniques.

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Photos courtesy of Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery

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Jarrett Sekosky Solo Show
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Jarrett Sekosky Solo Show

Jarrett is returning to the Merchant Street Art Gallery in Kankakee, Illinois as the featured artist for the month of August.
The Gallery was created for Jonathan Small and other artists in the Autistic Spectrum by his parents. The Gallery's is incorporated as a non-profit with a Board of Directors. Janice Miller, the Merchant Street Art Gallery's Director discovered Jarrett through social media after Jarrett's first Blue Connection Art Show in Decatur. She invited Jarrett to meet Jonathan Small and display some of Jarrett's work at the new Kankakee Gallery's first opening. He returned a couple more times before moving to Venice, Florida. His work remains on display at the Gallery. Janice is kind enough to manage any sales of Jarrett's work, too.

This is a real honor for Jarrett to be featured in Kankakee, Illinois once again. Jarrett will be showing some of his new work since relocating to Florida and looking forward to seeing family and friends again.

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Flower Power Garden Stakes and Bowls
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Flower Power Garden Stakes and Bowls

Instructed by Amy Simpson

Blend glass powders into bright and cheerful patterns resembling tie die. Create colorful garden stakes or bowls. These glass gems lend a pop of color and can be kept outside year round.

Keep one for yourself and give another for a gift! No fusing or glass cutting experience required. Open to children to adults age 100+.

$55 for one person to make 2 flowers OR 2 glass bowls OR 1 of each.

$35 for one person to make 1 flower or bowl.

Only 40 spaces available.

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Over Land and Sea Art Show
Jul
12
to Oct 5

Over Land and Sea Art Show

This show is based on the elements of Land and Sea. Our Artist’s take from their surrounding environment and other areas of the world they study. This show is their interpretation of these elements.

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Summer Fun on Merchant Street
Jul
11
to Aug 29

Summer Fun on Merchant Street

A fun arts and crafts class will be held at the Merchant Street Art Gallery for Artists with Autism. This class will be led by an Olivet student majoring in special education and partnering with a certified teacher.

When: Thursdays 5:30-6:30

7/11: Tie Dye Bandanas

7/18: Painted Flower Pots

7/25: Sand Art

8/1: Seashell Art

8/8: Wind Chimes

8/15: Bird Feeders

8/22: Tissue Paper Sun Catchers

8/29: Side Walk Chalk Art

Address: 356 E. Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL

Contact us to register at 815-685-9057

$15 for course

This class open to the public.

Attendance Policy: When at Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism, all children 17 years old and under and those over 18 who are not their own guardian must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who is at least 21 years old.

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Run for Autism
Jun
16
8:00 AM08:00

Run for Autism

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The Legacy Continues,

All money stays local to support the work of the gallery for people with Autism.

5K/2Mile Walk, sign up now at

RunForAutism.com

To be a sponsor or volunteer, see

RunForAutism.com/sponsors

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Social Practice: A Collaborative Art Project
Jun
7
to Jul 26

Social Practice: A Collaborative Art Project

• The Merchant Street Artists will be working in collaboration with residents of Heritage Village and the Lodge 

• The artists from Merchant Street Art Gallery will meet the residents at Heritage Village to share there art techniques in different mediums like clay, watercolor and origami 

• There is no need for residents or gallery artists to have any prior experience

Why: 

• This project was initiated by the Merchant Street Artists 

• Through art, Merchant Street Artists gain skills like socialization, teaching, and communication. 

• We hope the residents of Heritage Village and the Lodge will enjoy the art process. 

Project Details: 

• The artist will create Land, Sea and Air pieces 

• The creatures can be real or fictional

Please join the Merchant Street Art Gallery and Heritage Village for the first ever summer art project 

We hope to see you there!!! 

Contact us about a space Download a printable flyer Go to our Facebook Page

 


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Hands On Art History     Featured Artist: Much
May
14
4:30 PM16:30

Hands On Art History Featured Artist: Much

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Join us once again for this months Art History session centered around the artist Mucha. We will be learning about his life and the art style he created. We will then be creating art centered around his art style.

Open to the Public

Attendance Policy: All children of 17 and under and those over 18 years old that are not their own guardian should be accompanied by responsible parent or adult, that is atleast 21 years old.

356 E. Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL

815.685.9057

info@merchantstreetartgallery.com

Facebook.com/ArtistsWithAutism15/

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Shooting for Autism
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Shooting for Autism

100 Target Sporting Clay Shoot

Free Shotgun Shells to first 50 shooters to sign up

$60 per shooter Raffles, Green Birds, Food and more

April 28, 2019 @ X-Line Shotgun Club (X-line Sportsman Club)

To Sign up send email to

Dale.curwick@yahoo.com

Dale Curwick - (815) 954-3072

Big Jack Miller (815) 295-1194

X-Line Shotgun Club

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Art Happenings Workshop 2019
Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Art Happenings Workshop 2019

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Students will participate in tape resist watercolor painting and painting with pastels. This is open to all people with autism and their families. Merchant Street Art Gallery welcome all ages. All children under the age of 17 and 18 year olds who are not their own guardian must be accompanied by an adult or a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old.

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Art Therapy Workshop for People with Autism & others!
Apr
13
to Jun 8

Art Therapy Workshop for People with Autism & others!

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Cost - $25 - in advance for 3 sessions or $10 each session

Conducted by - Lindsay Hathaway, M.A.

Volunteers will be in attendance for additional support.

Register by 4/9/2019 at the

Merchant Street Art Gallery

Date:

April 13, May 11, June 8

Times:

Ages 5-12 10:30-11:30

Ages 13 & up 12:30 - 1:45

Questions?

Feel free to contact us!

lghathaway93@gmail.com or 815-922-9613

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Puppet Workshop!
Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

Puppet Workshop!

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Those involved in this workshop will write the script, create puppets and scenery, as well as perform this puppet show!

The workshop will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00

The Dates that we will meet are: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11

The last date that we meet will be our performance followed by a celebration for the participants and their families.

Cost: $20

All ages are welcome!

This class is being run by special education majors from Olivet.

Attendance Policy: When at Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism, all children 17 years old and under and those over 18 who are not their own guardian must be accompanies by a parent or responsible adult who is at least 21 years old.

Special thanks to our sponsors for this event Kankakee Kiwanis

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Paired Prism Art
Apr
5
to Jul 6

Paired Prism Art

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Two artists will be paired to create a new piece of art with two parts.

Call for Entries from Artists on the Autism Spectrum

Featuring art work that is created by paired aritsts, a post and visual artist, who create a sculpture and creative story, painting and song, photograph, and lyrics, etc. Learn more on February 8 at 5:15 at Merchant Street Art Gallery. There will be other work dates on Feb. 15 and 22 at 5:15. If you are unable to attend the 2/8 meeting, please send a written request to Kimberly to be paired with another artist.

Please include your art form. Kimberly’s email is kimberlycrothers@gmail.com

Dates: April 5 - July 6, 2019

Application due: April 1, 2019

Artists will be notified of acceptance: April 2, 2019

Art will be hung: Noon on April 3, 2019

Opening Reception: April 5, 2019 at 6:30

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