The GMA Gallery opened in November of 2010 with a commitment to showcase the work of traditional and rural Georgia artists. Since 2010 the Gallery has hosted a new exhibit every three months, each spotlighting individual artists or groups of artists who not only create rural art, but are actively involved in passing their skills to the next generation. Art classes for adults taught by local artists are offered every month in addition to regular exhibit programming, and artisan lectures and demonstrations are often a part of the exhibit openings. The Gallery works with a list of regional partners to present each exhibit to the community and to showcase the work of local farmers, musicians, and artisans during the opening receptions for each exhibit. Artisans wishing to apply for exhibit consideration can email email@example.com for an application.
The Gallery received a “Best Exhibit” award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries in 2012, Best Exhibit and Best Gallery Event in January 2015, and Best Gallery Event in January 2016.
Current Exhibit on Display
Days Gone By: The Folk Art of Glenn Simmions
On display until February 5, 2016
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Current Partner Exhibit on Display
Annette Rigdon Swan-Retrospective
Location: GMA Lobby
Dates: January 28-February 27, 2016
Opening reception: January 28, 2016, 5:30pm
Upcoming Gallery Exhibit
Heart To Heart, a Partnership in Art & Health
Presented with partners Tift Regional Heart and Vascular Center; ABAC School of Liberal Arts; ABAC School of Nursing and Health Sciences; C.L. Morehead Jr; and Classic Art & Frame
(An exhibit showcasing seven of Lamar Dodd’s Heart Series; Abril Griffith’s Hearts; and juried student art from the ABAC Arts Program)
Opening reception: Saturday, February 13th at 2pm (light refreshments, free health screenings, gallery talk with Dr. William Eiland)
Exhibit dates: February 13-April 4, 2016; Tuesday through Saturday, 9am-4pm
Bottles & Brushes
The Bottles & Brushes Series began in January of 2011 and feature a monthly art class for adults, taught by local artists Brenda and Richard Rose, and by guest artists by invitation. The classes have a twenty student limit, and are the perfect opportunity to spend some time relaxing in front of a canvas. The Bottles & Brushes classes are open to students of any skill level, and all the supplies are provided. The instructors guide the participants step by step through the reproduction of an original painting, and everyone leaves with a completed masterpiece at the end of the evening.
Bottles & Brushes classes are ideal for date night, mother-daughter treat, or girlfriends’ night out. The class meets every third Friday from 6 to 8pm at the GMA. Advance registration through the Gallery is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Wiregrass Farmers Market
The Wiregrass Farmers Market hosted at the GMA is a community-based producers’ market providing the best of locally grown and handmade products, sold directly by local farmers and artisans. Located on the grounds of the GMA, the Market is open every Saturday from April through November from 9 am to noon, with a summer break during the entire month of August. Free educational programming for children and adults is offered weekly, and there is a demonstration area featuring a garden and animal pens. The Market is free and open to the public, no Museum admission is required. The Wiregrass Farmers Market is managed by a group of local volunteers passionate about creating a healthier community.
For information on upcoming market events or becoming a vendor, contact the market at email@example.com or visit the website at www.wiregrassmarket.com
American Legacy Quilt Show
For applications or information on the 2016 show, please contact Jane Rodgers at 229.831.6735. The 2016 Quilt Show will take place on April 8&9, 2016.