Marion Art Center

The Marion Art Center opens its 2021 season with the annual Winter Members’ Show. The exhibit runs Friday, January 15, through Thursday, February 25. Current gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day, or by appointment. All visitors must adhere to state recommended safety guidelines, including social distancing and mask wearing.

            There will be a virtual reception for the new show on Friday, January 29, from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm via Zoom. Join a group discussion with artists, MAC members, and virtual visitors. Depending on the number of guests, the MAC may set up small group “breakout rooms”. The MAC’s executive director will give a virtual tour through the galleries, stopping for discussion along the way. Participants are invited to make their own cocktails or refreshments for enjoyment during the reception. To register, guests should email with “Virtual Reception” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and phone number. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link a few days prior to the event to the email address provided.

            January ArtTalk: The next virtual meeting for ArtTalk at the MAC is scheduled on Thursday, January 2, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm via Zoom. Would you like to join an informal group chat about art? Or, perhaps you would like a better understanding of works that you “just don’t get”? Join the MAC for a virtual discussion about art (no knowledge of art or art history required). Participants will be sent images or links to artworks, plus a Zoom meeting link ahead of the scheduled date and time. To register, email with “ArtTalk at the MAC” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

            New Winter Classes Added: Instructor Jay Ryan will teach two eight-week watercolor painting courses starting in late January. Beginning Watercolor classes will meet Thursdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the MAC Studio, January 28-March 18. Continuing/Advanced Watercolor classes will meet on Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the MAC Studio, January 29-March 19. Cost for each full eight-week session is $195 for MAC members, $220 for nonmembers. There is also a new drop-in option for the Friday class, for those who cannot commit to the full session, or for anyone who wants a few extra hours of painting in a guided studio setting. The cost for one-day Friday drop-in is $30/day and depends on weekly availability. All classes will be limited to five students at a time. Students must wear masks at all times while inside the building.

            The MAC is offering a new three-hour online workshop: Painting Water with Instructor Catherine Carter. The elusive subject of water is one of the most challenging for the painter! Discover ways to capture a range of watery views, from ponds to waterfalls to waves, using acrylic paint. We will practice a series of application techniques and then create a unique finished project. The one-day workshop will run on Sunday, February 7, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm via Zoom. Cost is $90 for MAC members and $105 for nonmembers, with a max of 10 students. Suitable for both beginning and experienced students. A basic supply list is available online. To find out more information, or to register for classes, visit

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