Macoupin Art Collective celebrating second anniversary

Macoupin Art Collective celebrating second anniversary

Macoupin Art Collective — informally known as “The MAC” — in Staunton is preparing to enter its third year of operation. To celebrate, the facility will host an anniversary party later this month.

Located at 214 East Main Street — in the former Bishop Motors building — the MAC is operated by Brandace Cloud and her husband Paul, as well as Development Director Marcella Cloud of Sawyerville. It first opened its doors on March 18, 2017, and B. Cloud said the response from the community has been phenomenal.

“We had hoped that people would be interested in making art, and they were,” she said. Figures have not yet been tabulated for 2018, but in 2017, nearly 2,600 people attended classes at the MAC.

The MAC offers a variety of classes for all ages, from one-off sessions to six-week workshops; some are free, while there is a charge for others. Class topics include quilting, knot rugs, mosaic stepping stones, makeup, woodworking, painting, claywork, ceramics, fused glass, metalwork, stained glass, knitting, cookie decorating, sewing, photography and more.

“‘It’s all-inclusive,” said Cloud. “Anyone can come and make something. You don’t have to be an artist. A regular, everyday person that wants to dabble in something creative is super welcome.” Most class attendees are beginners.

By offering services through the Regional Office of Education, the MAC was able to purchase new equipment to expand their offerings. Recently, they coordinated with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s educational outreach department to offer 10 courses in June and July that will be included in SIUE’s calendar, which goes out to about 30,000 people.

Read the full story in the 3-7-19 edition of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat

Brandace Cloud (left) and Marcella Cloud are part of the team that operates the Macoupin Art Collective in Staunton, which is celebrating its second anniversary this month. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Misty Fritz.