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Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts
Techniques and Traditions Fiber Arts Show


205 South Broad Street, Monroe, Ga  30655

Techniques and Traditions Fiber Arts Show recognizes the deep roots that Monroe and Walton County has in fiber arts – historically growing, ginning and milling cotton.  Celebrate with us our area’s rich textile heritage through an exciting show and celebration of all things fiber.  We will feature many fiber artists through workshops and demonstrations of age-old fiber arts, some with a new twist!

Fiber art nicely bridges the gap between fine art and craft. Fiber art uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers. It also encompasses fiber techniques including quilting, embroidery, collage, weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, macramé, distressing fabrics to achieve specific textures, recycling fabrics, and even incorporating paper (handmade and commercial).

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Monroe, here’s a little intro:  Monroe is located 35 minutes east of Atlanta and 30 minutes west of Athens. Best known as an antique shopping destination, Monroe is a vibrant and yet quaint town with welcoming shops and restaurants. 

MWCA is an established art gallery and teaching center in Monroe, founded in 1993. Housed in a 1932 era Federal Post Office, our grand old building hosts eight gallery shows each year; we also offer dozens of visual arts classes to children and adults every month, an active pottery studio, gallery shop and writers groups. 

 You will love our small town that has a huge heart for the arts!


ELIGIBILITY- Any artist.  Original artworks of traditional or non-traditional unique fiber arts using fiber materials or fiber techniques.  



August 7 – October 22, 2019

Submissions accepted:

April 1 – June 15

Artist notification:

July 1

Entry drop off:

August 1 – 3 @ 11 am – 4 pm

Reception & Awards:

Pick up:


FEES (for up to three entries)

Thursday, September 12 @ 6 – 7:30 pm

October 23 – 24 @ 11 am – 4 pm




All artists:

$35 This is a juried show. Not all pieces may be accepted into the show.


AWARDS: Best in Show: $350; First place: $250, Second place: $100

APPROVAL BY COMMITTEE: The MWCA committee reserves the right to reject any artwork due to size and weight limitations or inappropriateness. 

SECURITY: Reasonable security is provided for the duration of the exhibition. Care will be taken in the handling, hanging and displaying of the work. However, MWCA will not be held responsible or liable for the loss or damage of any art.  NOTE: Artwork left longer than 30 days after the closing of the show will become the property of MWCA. 

SUBMISSION & DEADLINE: Entries must be made to by June 15, 2019. All information about entries can be obtained through the web site.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS  We reserve the right to refuse any work at drop off that does not meet these specifications.  Art must hang for the duration of the show.  All artwork must be delivered ready to be hung or displayed.

All work must be original and not previously shown at MWCA.

If framed, it must have a wire on the back. (No saw tooth hangers).

Work that is not secured into the frame will not be hung.

Sculpture must be sturdy and able to stand on its own.

Work can be wall-hung, free-standing, pedestal, mounted or installation.

Maximum size: Wall-hung work may not exceed 46” width x 84” height (including frame), and not weigh over 50 lbs. Suspended work may not weigh more than a total of 50 lbs.

MWCA charges 25% commission on all sales, so please price accordingly.

Work does not have to be for sale but, we prefer that it be.


Jurors:  Local, accomplished artists, Sue Grilli and Mary Ellen Vogel and Melanie Dilley.

Sue has studied with recognized artists and at the Atlanta College of Art.  Sue explores visions of nature and architecture through painting. Her works have been selected in juried shows and displayed in local galleries along with private collections. With a style of loose, flowing colors she captures the combination of light and vibrancy.

Mary Ellen holds a degree in studio art from Marietta College in Ohio. Although primarily a watercolorist, she also enjoys working in pastel, ink and graphite. Her subjects range from local landscape and architecture to scenes from international travel. She displayed two pieces in the Portraits of a Community show at the Georgia capitol building in Atlanta and has won awards at the Monroe- Walton Center for the Arts and at the Southern Heartland Art Guild.


Melanie Dilley is a talented artist, designer and seamstress who has a diploma in fashion design and a BA in Costume Interpretation from Wimbledon School of Art in London. Her background includes costume design in film, conservation of royal court dress in historic royal palaces (including Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe), curating Princess Diana’s wardrobe for Christie’s Auction House and designing and making wedding dresses for private clients.  She has taught fashion design and construction at an Atlanta college.


Jennifer Crenshow, Assistant Professor, Chair, Fabric Design
University of Georgia
Lamar Dodd School of Art


WHAT WE ASK FROM YOU  This is YOUR show! We have learned that the ARTISTS must promote their own shows to really increase visibility and participation!

•       Promote this show via your own social media, email lists etc. Talk it up to your friends and family!

•       Email a brief bio about yourself and a statement about your works to

•       Share MWCA's Facebook posts to your own business and personal pages and other groups you may be a part of.

•       Invite your friends and family to visit anytime we are open and especially to the reception!  

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