Past Exhibitions and Events | 2024

Paper Bead Making Workshop

with Deb Zuk

Paper bead-making workshop starts June 15.

A two-session paper bead making workshop with Deb Zuk will take place on June 15 and June 22 from 1pm to 3pm at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative gallery at 158 Main Street in Newport. Ages: 10 and up and the fee is $5 and includes all materials. Please pre-register at macartsevents@gmail.com or in person at the gallery.

“At the workshop you will learn to make your own paper beads for jewelry, window pendants and any other creative ideas that you have,” said Zuk.

The MAC Center For the Arts, a 501C-3 nonprofit organization, is located at 158 Main Street in Newport. For more information, please call 802.334.1966, or visit http://www.maccenterforthearts.com.

“Rescued!” 

New book release and Reading by Tanya Sousa

June 8, 2024

Author Tanya Sousa, of North Troy, will read her new children’s picture book, Rescued, illustrated by Marcia Blanco of Burlington, at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport on Saturday June 8 at 3:00 p.m. Tanya will answer questions and share information about being an author, as well as sharing the true story that inspired her new book. The presentation has elements for children and adults alike. Signed copies will be for sale with one dollar from every book sold going to benefit the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society Shelter in Orleans. The event is free and open to the general public. 

“The book is based on the true story of how our rescued/adopted family dog, Simba, saved my sister and I from something that could have very well killed us – the rescued became the rescuer,” said Sousa. “My mother taught me to pay attention to what animals say with their sounds, body language, and facial expressions, if that applied, and I always have. It’s important to me to teach children that non-human animals have their own ways to communicate, and for safety and harmony, we should make an effort to listen to them.”

Sousa is the author of several children’s books including Fairy Feast, Silver Moonbeam Award-Winner Life is a Bowl of Cherry Pits, Ninny Nu’s Organic Farm, and most recently, Tossing Stars

Please consider coming with an important child in your life, and pass the word onto your family, neighbors and friends who might be interested in this special event!

“Off the Wall”

May 11 – June 23, 2024

Art afficionados are invited to the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative’s six-week “Off the Wall” art show and sale. Opening reception is May 10, from 5 – 7pm, and continues through Sunday, June 23. The lightly-juried event promises an interesting array of unique and multi-dimensional art and craft as well as craft supplies. A portion of the proceeds goes to the MAC Scholarship Fund. 

“It’s our first gallery show of 2024,” said Victoria Mathiesen, Special Exhibits director. “Many of us have collected original artwork over the years which we find that we no longer want, so “Off the Wall” hopes to help us downsize our collections.”

Block Printing Workshop Slideshow:

Click on first image to enlarge, then navigate using arrows along the sides.

Photos courtesy of Lynn Rublee.

Spring Block Printing Workshop

April 20 & 27, and May 4, 2024

Due to the success of the winter block printing workshop, the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport is scheduling an exciting spring workshop for persons ages 12 and up. The workshops will be held on three Saturdays: April 20, 27 & May 4th from 1-4. The cost, including materials, is $60 and advanced registration with the gallery is required. You can also email macartsevents@gmail.com. 

“The winter workshop was a raving success with eight people participating and creating a variety of wonderful works of art.” said Lynn Rublee, instructor. “Everyone had a great time.” 

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative is a non-profit 501 C-3 organization. The Gallery is located at 158 Main Street gallery in Newport VT and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5. For more information, please call 802.334.1966, macartsevents@gmail.com, or visit the web – www.maccenterforthearts.com.

MAC’s Annual Poetry Reading Celebrates

National Poetry Month

April 13, 2024

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative is hosting their Annual Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 13th from 1:00-3:30 pm to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month, a large world-wide literary celebration. Please sign-up to read a poem or poems by Wednesday, April 10.The event is free and open to the public.

“If you are a poet and/or poetry lover, come join us for a National Poetry Month Celebration at the MAC Downstairs Gallery,” said host Patty Oliver-Smith. “Read up to three of your own poems or choose a favorite poet’s work to read or recite or just come to listen. Poets/Readers will have up to 10 minutes to read depending on the number of people signed up. We invite anyone interested to come share the enjoyment of reading and/or listening.”

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative is a non-profit 501 C-3 organization. The Gallery is located at 158 Main Street gallery in Newport VT and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5. For more information, please call 802.334.1966, or visit the web – www.maccenterforthearts.com or Patty Oliver-Smith at pattyos@earthlink.net

Block Printing Workshop Slideshow:

Click on first image to enlarge, then navigate using arrows along the sides.

Photos courtesy of Lynn Rublee.

Winter Block Printing Workshop

January 27, February 3 & 10, 2024 

A three-day Block Printing Workshop for ages 12 and up will take place over three Saturdays: January 27, February 3rd, and February 10 from 1-4 pm at the MAC Center For the Arts in Newport. Lynn Rublee is the instructor. The cost for the three-day workshop, including materials, is $60 and advanced registration with the gallery is required.

“Block printing is a relief printing technique using a carved material to transfer ink onto paper,” said Rublee. “At the workshop, you will learn how to create a design, transfer it onto a block, carve it with carving tools and then print it making multiple copies. This is a fun and easy printing method.”

The MAC Center For the Arts, a 501C-3 non-profit organization, is located at 158 Main Street in Newport. For more information and to register for the workshops, please call 802.334.1966, or visit www.maccenterforthearts.com.