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Michael McBride Masterclass and Artist Talk

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join us for an artist talk and Masterclass with Michael McBride. Whether you harbor a burning desire to write and illustrate your own children’s book or find yourself entrusted with the delightful task of bringing someone else’s story to life, this class is tailored just for you.

A seasoned artist in the realm of children’s book illustration, Michael will provide a captivating introduction to the craft and delve into the fascinating world of watercolor and gouache techniques, unraveling the secrets behind crafting vibrant and colorful illustrations.  During this class, participants will create their own watercolor illustration to take home.

Michael will guide you through the intricacies of choosing the right paints, brushes, and papers, revealing how these choices can profoundly influence the visual impact of your final creation. Gain valuable insights into the nuances of the artistic process, understanding the synergy between text and image to bring stories alive on the pages of a children’s book.

But that’s not all—he will also share innovative approaches to fuel your creativity, including leveraging resources like AI to enhance your research for compelling and imaginative images. Discover the art of weaving technology seamlessly into your creative process, opening up new avenues for inspiration.

The masterclass will begin at 10 a.m., and coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Because of limited space registration is required. To register, click HERE.


March 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
1017 Antebellum Circle
Hendersonville, 37075 United States
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Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.