New Programs for Adults and Teens at the MAC

The Marion Art Center is pleased to present new programs for adults and teens. Plein Air Sketching begins May 19, and Midsummer Stages begins June 28.

            Would you like to draw the beauty of nature around you, but aren’t sure where to begin? Join instructor Catherine Carter for an outdoor drawing class and learn to capture the observed landscape in your sketchpad. Through live demonstrations and individual guidance, we will cover methods for selecting a subject, composing the page, describing organic form, and achieving value and texture. This class is perfect for both beginners and those with previous drawing experience. The six-week Plein Air Sketching class will meet on the MAC lawn, patio, or in Bicentennial Park on Wednesdays from May 19 – June 23, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is $160 for MAC members, and $180 for nonmembers. To register, visit

            Join a youth theater troupe this summer! Midsummer Stages at the MAC is a summer theater company consisting of young adults in grades 7-12. The program incorporates movement, acting, and performing for a complete theater experience, running a full production from start to finish. The company meets for three hours, three days a week for seven weeks. Each day, actors will meet to rehearse, create costumes, and perform. Participants will also explore movement of the body and develop their own yoga practice along the way. Actors will work with local theater teacher and Equity actor, Jacob Sherburne, alongside the Marion Yoga Loft’s very own Elke Pierre. Program guests will include local actors who have been seen on the MAC stage. During the weekend following the final session, there will be three performances of Shakespeare’s greatest rom-com, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the outdoor Bandstand at Island Wharf in Marion. Rehearsals and practice will take place in Bicentennial Park, at the Bandstand at Island Wharf, or inside the MAC Theater. All theater company meetings, rehearsals, and productions will adhere to current CDC and state guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols. Actors are expected to wear a mask at all times while inside, or when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.

            No stage experience is required to be part of this production. People of all types and abilities are encouraged to sign up! Auditions for lead roles will take place on Saturday, May 22, with options to audition in person or via Zoom. Auditions are NOT required to participate in the program. The company will meet for seven weeks on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm – 6:00pm, June 28 – August 11 at the MAC. The cost is $445 for MAC members and $495 for nonmembers.

            Think you might be too young or too old to participate? Have schedule conflicts? Please call the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266 or email with questions. Find out more and register online at

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