Take Time for Art
The arts take time—to see, to do, to experience, and yes, even to talk about. The Alabama River Region Arts Center has been out and about, in and beyond our community quite a bit lately; from meeting new friends in Tuscaloosa, making plans, to taking measurements, and even, passing out candy. We have been getting the word out to the community that the Arts matter to all and that All can benefit from the arts. How have we been doing this? From setting up tables in Wetumpka’s Candy Walk to participating in Chilton County Arts Council’s 2011 Artists’ Showcase & Fall Festival, and talking with many teachers in between; we are hearing from many enthusiastic supporters of the Arts. Join with us in November as we continue to communicate our mission to the river region community. Do your part for art.

Oct. 2011
Vol. 1/Issue 12
The River Region's Friendliest Center for the Arts

Inside This Issue
Take Time for Art ............................... 1 News from the Center......................... 2 Board of Directors............................... 2 About Us............................................ 2 Extreme Carving—Extreme Fun........... 2 Out & About....................................... 3 Pump The 'Tump.................................3

V.I.P. Meet & Greet........................ 3 Coming Events.................................... 4

Brainers Brainstorm............................. 4 Mugs Fest in January........................... 4 Volunteer Schedule............................. 5 Caught in the Vortex........................... 5 Pathlights............................................ 5 Chilton Cty Arts Council Fest.............. 5 Bluegrass/Sit & Sew............................. 6 Membership Benefits.......................... 6 Our Sponsors...................................... 6

The Alabama River Region Arts Center’s mission is to bring the People of the River Region together and enhance community life through a supportive environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can study, create and present art.
Anna Thibodeaux (top right), Dawn Sullivan and Marty McIntyre passed out candy amidst the beauty along the river. Pumpkins (top left) await little hands to decorate them.

Our Mission Statement:

The Alabama River Region Arts Center is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

Alabama River Region Arts Center

Providing high quality, affordable programs


from The Center ARRAC Board of Directors
Officers Donald Mobley - President Rick Bowman - Vice President Marilyn Winborn - Secretary
Geoff McIntyre Austin Thompson Frank Sullivan - Executive Director
The ARRAC Board of Directors met Oct. 23. The Board meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



Members at Large

We transformed pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. 29, and we learned that being thick-skinned has benefits for people and pumpkins. Although, some of the pumpkins were more dried out inside and they did not carve as easily as the moist ones, all of the pumpkin carvers achieved success in carving faces on their pumpkins. Extreme instructor, woodcarver Dylan Goodson, was not kept away by his cold and all had a great time learning how to be carvers. As Dylan pointed out with his Thomas McCroan proudly displays his pumpkin carving; some of his classmates' pumpkins are displayed at right. example (see lower right), Below, Jamie shows off her creation. the most fun pumpkins to carve are not the perfectly shaped ones! While sharp tools were wielded in the Van Gogh Room; glue, glitter, and feathers ruled in the Monet Room. There little creators could create wondrous things by adding to, not cutting away parts of their (plastic) pumpkins. You might say the mixed media collage technique reigned in this room. Whatever you call it, it was fun!

Extreme Pumpkin Carving—Extreme Fun!

The Arts Center is a volunteer based, community supported organization that derives its funding from public and private donations, contributions, grants, benefactors and the proceeds from memberships, Artist Space, Rentals, Gallery Art Sales and special events.

About Us


Alabama River Region Arts Center

300 West Tallassee St Wetumpka, AL 36092


Out & About

We regret that spaces can not be reserved one hour before opening. Pick up arrangements are as follows: 1 . Pick up at the Arts Center, on Sunday, Nov. 20 during open hours, or call for an appointment. 2. Pick up work at the display location, after the event from 3-4 PM 11 /1 9, the day of the event. This is a first-time event. We are requiring some paperwork in order for us to manage the inventory of your items and their safe return. Call the Arts Center (334-578-9485), or Theresa Wayne (251 -752-241 6) if you have any questions or to find out more about the event. Forms will be emailed to you.

Window Art Displays at Pump the Tump
Wetumpka's Alabama River Region Arts Center is teaming with the organizer of Pump the Tump (PTT), a social media Facebook group, Teresa Roberson, and two downtown building owners to display works of local artists. The purpose of the event is a "Meet and Greet" event November 1 9th, from 11 AM to 2 PM in downtown Wetumpka. There will be food and music as well as table-lined streets with businesses ready to show that "Wetumpka is Alive". There will be give-aways and raffles, as well. ARRAC is coordinating twelve window displays and about 2400 square feet of retail space. Space is organized to demonstrate art techniques to the public and to display fine art. Other window-only displays will include local school work, homeschool work and featured artists. Volunteers will be needed to visit with the public about the Arts Center, about the displaying artists, as well as, to protect the items on display. In keeping with our mission, ARRAC is inviting local artists and art lovers to: • Demonstrate your craft for the purposes of promoting potential classes (art, craft, & music teachers), • Exhibit their own work, • Volunteer to set up, take down and/or visit with the public. This is just a 3-hour event. ARRAC membership is not required, but the space is limited, so reserve your space right away. There is no fee for displaying work. Please call for an appointment to deliver your work. Set up can be arranged in one of two ways: 1 . We set up: Work needs to be at the Arts Center by 3:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 12th with paperwork

completed, OR 2. You set up: Paperwork needs to be completed and e-mailed to ARRAC's Artistic Director, Theresa Rose, by midnight Saturday, Nov. 12th. All work must be in place at the assigned location by 1 0 AM day of the event.

9am – 11am
Come see for yourself what all the excitement is about! If you are a practitioner or teacher of a craft or art technique, we want to meet you and personally show you our new clay studio, classrooms and studio space. Make up your own mind. Imagine the possibilities for you bringing arts to the river region community.


Alabama River Region Arts Center

a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization


November/December Events
November Thu Nov 3
Sat Nov 5 Thu Nov 1 0 FRi Nov 11 Sat Nov 12 Thu Nov 17 Sat Nov 19 Thu Nov 24 4:00pm – 6:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 9:00am – 12:00pm 9:00am – 12:00pm 4:00pm – 6:00pm 4:00pm – 7:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm – 6:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 9:00am – 12:00pm 11 :00am – 2:00pm No Arts Club! 4:00pm – 6:00pm 6:00pm 1 0:00am & 2:00pm 2:30pm

Coming Events


Arts Clubs - ARRAC Brainers Bluegrass Jam/ - ARRAC Sit & Sew - ARRAC Arts Clubs - ARRAC Harvest Moon Festival - AUM Work due at ARRAC for PTT Arts Clubs - ARRAC Brainers VIP Meet & Greet - ARRAC Pump the 'Tump - Downtown Wetumpka Happy Thanksgiving! Arts Clubs - ARRAC Last Arts Club till 2012 "The Holiday Bug" Puppet performance - ARRAC/WPA* "The Holiday Bug" Puppet performance - ARRAC/WPA* "The Holiday Bug" Puppet performance - ARRAC/WPA*

December Thu Dec 1
Fri Dec 1 6 Sat Dec 17 Sun Dec 1 8

Although it may be cold and dreary in January, ARRAC will be warming things up with our MUGS* Fest! Think, Hot Cocoa/Coffee, Fun Filmfest, Demos, Handson & Artsy surprises for all ages! Bring your family! Saturday, January 21 at ARRAC! Watch for more details. *making up good stuff!

MUGS Fest Coming in January

*Wetumpka Performing Arts Center

The Update is published monthly Your comments, ideas, and story ideas are welcome. Marty McIntyre, Editor marty1 95@gmail.com Alabama River Region Arts Center Mailing Address: PO Box 1172 Wetumpka, AL 36092 Alabama River Region Arts Center Gallery/Classroom 300 West Tallassee St Wetumpka, AL 36092 a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization

Crosstitch Productions Puppet Troupe's Performance of:

will be December 16th - 18th This puppet show, suitable for all ages, will be performed at the Wetumpka Performing Arts Theater, adjacent to the Alabama River Regions Art Center

Dates and Showtimes: Friday 12/1 6 6:00pm Saturday 12/17 1 0:00am & 2:00pm Sunday 12/1 8 2:30pm


Alabama River Region Arts Center

300 West Tallassee St Wetumpka, AL 36092


Volunteer Calendar


Volunteer Schedule

Times shown on the calendar for special events outside the Gallery are Event Times - volunteers should be there at least 1 hour prior for setup and approx. 1 /2 hour after for cleanup. The Art Center is in need of volunteers this month and future months, as we are participating in many Special Events outside of the Center. Please contact Sharon Ervin, Volunteer Coordinator, at sservin1 946@hotmail.com or 51 43420 (home) or 279-3464 (work). Do your part for the ARTS in the River Region.

Chilton County Arts Council Welcomes ARRAC at Artists' Showcase

November Sat Nov 5 Sun Nov 6 Sat Nov 12
Sun Nov 13 Sat Nov 1 9 VIP Sat Nov 1 9 Sat Nov 1 9 PTT Sun Nov 20 Sat Nov 26 Sun Nov 27

9:00am – 4:00pm 12:00pm – 4:00pm 9:00am – 4:00pm 12:00pm – 4:00pm 9:00am – 11 :00am 9:00am – 4:00pm 11 :00am – 2:00pm 12:00pm – 4:00pm 9:00am – 4:00pm 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Dawn Sharon E Marty, Theresa , Sharon E Frank Danetta, Marty, Sharon E. Leigh Crocker Dawn, Mary West, Danetta, Marty, Austin, Frank, Theresa Mary West Marty Mary West

Frank Sullivan demonstrated traditional coil-building of a jug.

We were welcomed with open arms at Chilton County Arts Council's first event in the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center located on Jefferson State Community College's campus. An artist could get spoiled exhibiting this way: no wind, indoor heat, a snack bar across the aisle, and great music to throw pots by. As evidence of this, Frank Sullivan, ARRAC's Executive Director, built a 12" tall coil jug over the course of the two-day event; meanwhile, Sharon Ervin and Marty McIntyre talked with visitors. We met a lot of wonderful people in the Chilton County area who are as excited as we are about the arts.

Thumbs up to Sharon Ervin , for providing walkway solar pathlights at our main entrance. They were totally wonderful. Thumbs down to the Halloween pranksters that demolished several of them.

C a u gh t in t h e V or t e x

The next meeting will be 11 /3 at 6:30 pm. We will be planning and filling slots for the upcoming events in which ARRAC will be participating. Come and get involved! This is a great chance to sign up for outreach events in the community.
Alabama River Region Arts Center

Brainers Brainstorm

To be “caught in the vortex,” means you find yourself caught up in the excitement of the ARRAC through association; and before you know it, you have been swept to a new place of art, service or outreach.
Thanks to Bob Harris for coining this great phrase.

a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization


Bluegrass Jam


Although we can't promise as glorious weather as we had last month, when we parked under the big tree for our Bluegrass Jam but, we can guarantee friendly faces and great music. All skill levels are welcome. Last month we had a new violinist/fiddle-player; she inherited her grandfather's instrument and a passion for making music. Whether you have an instrument you pluck at or have a passion plucking at you...we welcome you and look forward to having you join in the music-making. Join us from 9am - 12pm, Nov. 5th. at the ARRAC. Come and resume work on one of your projects on your to-do stack. Sit & Sew in the Monet room with fellow fabric and quilting fans. We'll meet from 9am – 12pm.

Bluegrass Jam this Saturday, Nov. 5

Sit & Sew

9am – 12pm ♫♪ Nov 5th ♫♪

Thanks to Our Member Sponsors Businesses BathBuilders LLC - www.bathbuildersllc.com Platinum Benjamin and Luanne Russell Gold Mary and James Wolfe Bronze Mayor Jerry Willis Monte and Jan McKinney Jimmy and Yvonne Lee Supporters Frances Arnold James Parker Frank and Dawn Sullivan Adelia H. Turner

Get a Jump on Your Gift-Giving, Membership Benefits Start Now!

Join the Alabama River Region Arts Center now and reap 1 0% discount on Gallery purchases—just in time for your holiday shopping. A membership to the Arts Center may be the best (and most simple) idea yet for a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving all year long. Giving a membership means a 1 0% discount on Classes, also. Membership Level Student / Senior (under 1 8 / over 55) Individual Family Business $20 $35 $40 $50 ____ ____ ____ ____

I would like to make an additional donation of: $__________ Bronze $1 00 ___ Silver $250___ Gold $500___ Platinum $1 000___

Membership Benefits

• 1 0% discount on classes • 1 0% discount on Gallery purchases • 1 0% discount on custom frames at Zuelzke's • Juried Gallery access for artist to display their work.
Alabama River Region Arts Center
300 West Tallassee St Wetumpka, AL 36092


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