Encore! Mt. Morris is launching a new program this summer, an artist-in-residence (AiR). What is that, you say? An AiR is a practicing artist or college-level art student who can inspire the artist in all of us through art experiences of all kinds! Our AiR for 2018, Brittney Meyer, Brit grew up in Forreston and graduated with a college degree in education, taught school a few years in Hawaii, and has returned to the main land to earn a second degree in art to pursue a career where art education is a focus. Part of that goal is developing a summer’s worth of art experiences for all ages in Mt. Morris: children, adults and seniors! Brittney and Encore have loads of ideas of what those art experiences might be, but would love to hear your ideas too! A few to start in June will be (1) a weekly art program for K-3rd graders and 4-6th graders, (2) a project for budding adult artists who’d like to learn how to make a straw sculpture for the August Straw competition (a community build will be happening in the Union Savings Bank parking lot), (3) the art gallery shows (See her own art displayed in the foyer of the gallery soon), and (4) the Color Me a Memory and the Village activities program at Pinecrest. We will be publishing many of her activities and how we can all get involved in the area papers, you can also check the community display board in front of the Mt. Morris Bandshell where each week’s activities will be posted, along with photos of what has been happening recently. You can also check our encoremtmorris.com web site for additional information. Brit can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning June 1. She will be with us until August 10.
The historic Mt. Morris College campus contains the oldest building in Mt. Morris, a beautifully preserved sandstone building used for science classes at the College and later converted to Watt Publishing Company. Encore! Mt. Morris has been able to acquire the use of the first floor as a multi-purpose art gallery space. Refurbished, painted and equipped during the summer of 2016 for art displays by volunteers, it has served as the anchor space for Encore! Mt. Morris to host numerous shows.
Regular shows are scheduled throughout the summer months, during the December holiday season, and less frequently at other times during the school year. The gallery is open during the summer Jamboree music concert series (Friday evenings) and Kable Band concerts (Wednesday evenings) and during other community events and festivals, as publicized.