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ArtPrize Gem on North Monroe

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ArtPrize Gem on North Monroe
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Artprize Hours

Monroe Community Church

800 North Monroe

Voter Registration Site, Voting Site, Wrist Bands and Event Guides.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-8 pm

            Fri. & Sat.: 12-10 pm

            Sun.: 12-6 pm.

If you've limited your ArtPrize tour to the big box sites at center city, you've missed some very good things wrapped in a small package.

            Monroe Community Church is a renovated warehouse in the heart of the North Monroe business district. The raw character of its painted block and brick walls and 16-foot exposed ceiling offers artists an ideal space for custom display. In fact, San Diego artist Mark Dahle, in his “Guide for Visiting ArtPrize 2011,” called MCC the best curated small venue of 2010.

            Again this year the church will host a fine and diverse congregation of artists. Twenty-three pieces, including clay and metal sculpture, fabric art, painting and drawing, photography, and a large cut-paper installation will fill the lively space. Internationally collected and exhibited photographer Guillaume Corpart's B&W photograph “Ville Lumiere, Ville d'Amour” and Paris Tavonatti-Wartick's mirror-reflective painting “Moses 1,2,3” are two of the larger works featured.

            The worshiping congregation of the church welcomes this takeover of its space. On each of four consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 15, it builds the worship service around the theme of one of the artworks, including an interview with the featured artist. On other days throughout the ArtPrize run it will offer children and school groups opportunities for hands-on art experiences led by artists.

            ArtPrize goers who break out of the big-box circuit and make their way to 800 N. Monroe will find Monroe Community Church barrier-free and hospitable. Bathrooms are available, as well as a comfortable private space for nursing infants, and refreshments, too, for a small donation. Besides being a voter registration site, MCC this year will sell ArtPrize gear.

            For ArtPrizers of all ages Monroe Community Church is a gem hidden in a small, out-of-the-way package.

Voter Registration Site, Voting Site, Wrist Bands and Event Guides. 

Monroe Community Church, 

800 North Monroe

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-8 pm

            Fri. & Sat.: 12-10 pm

            Sun.: 12-6 pm.

written by,

Gayle Boss

[email protected]

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