ARTAGEDDON at the Arts Center

ARTAGEDDON at the Arts Center

The Merced County Arts Council is throwing it’s first ever Artageddon event.

The challenge:  You have four hours to paint, using only the materials you are given.  Weeks later, comes the competition… a single elimination tournament, judged by the audience.  Winners move on to the next bout, and losers… are destroyed!!! The Wheel of Death determines the mode of destruction, and only an audience member’s purchase will save the painting.  The winning painting not only survives destruction, but earns $500 for it’s creator.

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This is mega-exciting, and we cannot wait!

Paint-Your-Own Pottery

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Unfinished pottery (bisque) on the shelf, waiting to be painted.

Our Art for the Heart workshops were so popular, with participants reporting so much enjoyment from the experience that we decided to start a   new project:  Paint-Your-Own Pottery workshops.

Links to some of our flyers for the workshops:
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Just in time for Mother’s Day! The Enrichment Center will be hosting two pottery painting workshops at the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. in Merced, CA.

Thursday, April 25th     6-8pm

Saturday, April 27th    12-2pm

Since this is our first workshop, we weren’t sure how much of what type of bisque to order. However, Mother’s Day seemed like a safe theme to focus on cups/mugs, vases, and frames. We designed our selection to provide participants with a variety of styles and prices to choose from. The EC will provide an introduction to the materials, guidance throughout, and everything you need to paint your pottery– glaze (paint), brushes, water, towels.

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Step 1: Register for one of the workshops.
$9 member / $10 non-member
Register a table of 8 and SAVE 20%
$57.60 member / $64 non-member

Step 2: Purchase your pottery at the workshop
Prices will range from $5 to $20 plus tax.

Step 3: Choose your colors. We’ll give you an introduction to glaze
(paint), how it works, and how to get the results you’re
looking for. We’ll set you up with the colors you’ve chosen,
and everything you need to start painting.

Step 4: Paint your pottery. Workshops are 2 hours long. We’ll be

available to provide guidance throughout the workshop.  At the end
of the workshop, leave your pottery with us, along with your
contact information.

Step 5: We’ll fire the pottery in our kiln.  Finished pottery will be ready for pick up
by Saturday, May 4th.

Be prepared for Mother’s Day, upcoming birthdays, even get a jump on Father’s Day.

Register now! Space is limited, and we will not be taking walk-in’s.

To register, pick up or print the April 2013 Paint Your Own Pottery Registration Form and bring it in with your payment to the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St., Merced, CA.   The Enrichment Center office is in room 6 on the 3rd floor, but you can also register in the Arts Council’s business office on the 2nd floor.

For more information, email us at or call us at (209) 388-1162.


Art for the Heart: Pick-up Schedule

Thanks to all who participated in our Art for the Heart fundraiser for community heart health.  We raised $1200 for the Mercy Foundation to use for the Cardiac Rehab Department.  The funds will help people with heart disease, who do not have a funding source to pay for their rehabilitation.
The exhibit was up at Mercy Medical Center on February 14th, and we’ll be taking it down on Tuesday, March 5th. If you are a Mercy employee, and would like to pick up your heart at the hospital, please let me know by Monday, March 4th.  All other hearts will return to the Multicultural Arts Center.
You may pick up your hearts in the Enrichment Center office, in Room 6 of the 3rd floor of the Multicultural Arts Center (645 W. Main St.), at the following days and times:
Wednesday, March 6th – Friday, March 8th:     9am to 6pm
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th:       9:30am to 3:30pm
Please remember that the Main Street entrance of the Arts Center is only open during Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm
Sunday – Monday Closed
However, the back entrance on Arts Alley is open Monday through Friday during all Arts Center hours, including when the galleries are closed.

On Saturday, March 9th, the hearts will be available at the front desk in the main gallery on the 1st floor, during business hours– 10am to 2pm.  Front and back entrances are available.

Hearts must be picked up by Friday, March 15th.
Thanks again to everyone who participated, making this a successful fundraiser for community heart health.  See you next year!