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Call 707-459-1726 or email manager@willitscenterforthearts.org

Greetings Patrons of the Arts,
It is that time of year again when Willits Center for the Arts asks you to renew your membership, make donations, and continue sponsoring and supporting YOUR Art Center. Your generosity has maintained our building and our educational and creative programs for 23 years.
2022 has been a challenging, yet hopeful year for us. We began the year still recovering financially from the pandemic and being closed for 2 years. We have gradually opened our doors and thanks to your generous support, we look forward to delighting and inspiring our community in 2023 and into the future. 
Our dynamic, hands-on Board of Directors, along with our cadre of beloved volunteers, have been working hard to expand our programming in these challenging times. We continue our historical offerings, such as our ever-popular monthly gallery openings and exhibits, and the Art Talk series with Gary Martin and special guest speakers, which offers an opportunity for adults to learn about, or brush up on, the history of art. Beginners are always welcome to our Life Drawing class, which has been a Thursday tradition for 17 years and to the high-energy African dance class which has been meeting at the WCA for the past 23 years!
Our newly refurbished ceramic studio is presenting a variety of pottery classes with Nancy New and Sofia Alaoui. We pay artists to teach their craft to adults and children and offer scholarships to those in need. We present free crafting events like this summer's Express Yourself workshop and the upcoming Winter Wonderland to take place at the Crafts Fair. 2022 saw other new fundraising events that brought back the joy of sharing to our artists and art appreciators and sparked the imagination of our community, including eclectic afternoon concerts and our successful and lively first Halloween Gala. We continue to subsidize a variety of performance arts classes and workshops like Qigong, Brazilian Dance, Ecstatic Dance, Yoga, kids dance classes, and more. We reach out to area youth in Willits, Covelo, and Laytonville schools with engaging art presentations and offer a wide variety of artistic opportunities for community members of all ages. 
Please join or renew your membership with a donation envelope or donate online with the button above or become a member here
Sign up to receive our weekly email newsletter at the bottom of this homepage to keep in touch with all the latest happenings at the WCA. Other ways to support the WCA include taking classes, or shopping for gifts/gift cards online or in person in our galleries and gift shop or from our Online Gallery or purchase an eGift card.
Help the Willits Center for the Arts remain one of Mendocino County's most valuable arts venues by becoming a member, renewing your WCA membership, making a tax-deductible donation, or sponsoring an exhibit or an event.
Happy holidays and thank you for your continued support!
Best Regards,
The Willits Center for the Arts Board of Directors:  Sandy Strong, Emmy Good, Laura Wiecek, Judy Fisch, Lisa Kvasnicka, Gary Martin, Alexis Halleck, Eric Ward, Eric Hart and Margi Gomez Guhde

WCA is excited to present our first show of the New Year:  Featuring ceramics by Sofia Alaoui and metalwork by Rod Jamison.  

Rod Jamison began his journey creating art, painting, and welding in Arizona. He was influenced by Southwest arts, especially in Sedona Arizona where he spent a few years. While finding his place creating art, he has been a commercial helicopter pilot seeing landscapes from a bird’s eye. Rod told us, “I think this reflects in my work in the landscape lines, geography, and colors. As a pilot, I learned to work with nature rather than against it. I believe the same in making art.”

Sofia Alaoui was born in Minnesota and moved to Mendocino County 7 years ago, she currently resides in Covelo. She has been passionate about working with clay since she first learned how to throw on the wheel at age 15. Her work is inspired by antiques, and minerals and infused with a large influence from her Moroccan heritage. She teaches a weekly ceramics class at Willits Center for the Arts. Her passion is contagious, and she loves to inspire others to get in touch with their ability to create.

The show will open Saturday, January 7, 2023.  Join us Saturday evening and meet the artists between 6 and 9 pm.

MONTHLY ART TALK

2nd Fridays 6:30 pm 

Join us in person in the Great Room

February 10, Ami Davis

Art in the 21st Century

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