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Sadly MERA is still closed but as more and more people get vaccinated and hopefully the numbers decrease we should be back in our beloved schoolhouse.   In the meantime, we have some exciting news below!   Thank you to all of our members for being patient and caring during this time.  I really appreciate the notes and kind words of encouragement members have been sending.   - Trina
MERAs Program Committee has been busy during the shutdown keeping an eye on potential workshops & activities that can happen as soon as we get the go ahead.   We are very excited to announce the following events!
Something a little different, because of Covid, for these workshops we ask that you sign up with Trina by emailing meraschoolhouse@gmail.com.   A week before the workshop, if the province has lifted restrictions, your fees will be due - preferably using an e transfer to the same email address.

Silhouette Painting Watercolours

May 29th, 2021, 10 AM-2 PM

Member price: $35

Non-member price: $42

To register and to send e transfer please use meraschoolhouse@gmail.com

minimum age 14 years

minimum participants 4 people

Jan Griffiths and Heather Vriends

janetleeg@gmail.com

613 278 1684

Tree of Life Beads and Wire

June 5th, 2021, 10 AM – 3 PM

Member price: $50

Non-member price: $60

To register and to send e transfer please use meraschoolhouse@gmail.com

Supplies included for two trees

Bring pliers

minimum age: 14 years

minimum participants: 5 people

Patti Jo Wilson

pjdavid31@hotmail.com

613 278 1501

Painted Wooden Garden Signs

June 12th, 2021, 9 am – Noon

Member price: $40

Non-member price: $48

To register and to send e transfer please use meraschoolhouse@gmail.com

Materials fee on the day: $15

minimum age 14 years

minimum participants 6 people

Monica Pope

warsawhotel@yahoo.com

613-390-2296

Bent metal sculptures

June 19th, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm

Member price: $40
Non-Member price: $48

To register and to send e transfer

please use meraschoolhouse@gmail.com

 A one-day workshop taking you from paper pattern to finished sculpture, using aluminum flashing and acrylic paints.
Some supplies and tools needed.  
Art history reference: Picasso’s cut metal sculptures

instructor: Cathy Blake

Masks and Art at MERA in May
 
Spring is here, summer is coming, and MERA is optimistically planning another outdoor art show for May 22. This is a call for entry for local artists and artisans to join the outdoor show.
 
A special event will be the “cruise and reuse show” by the MERA art circle. They have made art using found objects from the reuse.
 
Another special feature will be the optional ‘masquerade’. Visitors and exhibitors will be invited to come to the exhibition wearing a mask’. Large or small, a face or head covering, but it must conform to the health rules and cover the mouth and nose. 
 
There is also a children’s event planned, to paint a large mural.
 
MERA will comply with all health rules and social distancing.

For more information about the exhibition, and how to register please visit the MERA website. www.meraschoolhouse.org

f the lockdown is continued after May 22, we will postpone the event until June.
Notes
MERAs Board of Directors and staff have been busy during this lockdown as well.   We still meet regularly using Zoom.  We even have a new board member - welcome Jan Griffiths!   Jan has already made an impact with her creative ideas and fresh take on things.   Our board is very happy to have her on the team.   David & Trina are still busy doing all that they do and have things ready to go when we get the go ahead from the Ontario Government.
Be sure to let David know if you want to work in the MERA gardens, I am sure he would appreciate the help in keeping our beautiful space weed free.
Have a wonderful and safe spring.  Hopefully we can all be together in person soon.
To everyone involved in making the Spring Speaker Series happen - thank you for creating such a wonderful and successful event!   These talks were a great fundraiser for MERA!
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