The Marion Art Center announces additional winter offerings

Jan 26, 2019

MARION — The Marion Art Center has expanded its winter offerings with two new courses, a one-day workshop and a February musical performance.  

Registration is open for adult classes and workshops.  Beginning Watercolor Painting with instructor Patricia White will run for eight weeks on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Feb. 7.

Advanced Watercolor Painting with instructor Jay Ryan will also run for eight weeks and will meet on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Feb. 8.  Tuition is $180 for MAC members and $195 for non-members.

The MAC is offering a new one-day workshop, Expressive Landscape Painting with Acrylics with instructor John Irwin on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the MAC studio.  Students must supply their own acrylic paints in red, yellow, blue, white, and black.  The instructor will provide canvases for painting. The cost of the workshop is $30 for MAC members, $35 for non-members.

Register for classes and workshops by phone, in person, or online at

The Marion Art Center will also welcome The David Mitton Project to the MAC stage on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open  at 7 p.m.   

David Mitton, a 2010 graduate from the Longy School of Music is a saxophonist and composer.  Since graduating he has produced three albums: Catapult (2013), Microcosm (2015), and Trace (2018) under the name The David Mitton Project.

Mitton has been performing regularly with The Flying Dutchmen for nearly 5 years and is in the process of writing a practice guide for scales, in relation to composition and improvisation.  Mitton’s musical style is within the jazz idiom, with a focus on hard bop and free jazz, as well as more popular styles such as funk and R&B. Listeners should expect to hear interplay between instruments and improvisation over progressions, influenced by those genres.

Mitton will perform original material and what he calls “underrated standards,” rearranged to make them his own.  

The David Mitton Project also includes Jim Robitaille on guitar, John Dalton on drums, and Stefano Battaglia on bass. Jim Robitaille is a seasoned guitarist and composer and a professor of music at UMass Dartmouth, having performed with legendary musicians such as David Liebman and Royal Hartigan. John Dalton, a graduate from UMass Dartmouth, is making his way through the Boston music scene as both a performer and teacher. Stefano Battaglia is a bassist from Italy and a student at the world-renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Tickets are available in person, by phone, or online at A limited number of cabaret tables with seating for four are available.  Attendees may bring their own refreshments to enjoy with the music.