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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
The Gallery received a “Best Exhibit” award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries in 2012.
At this time the GMA can offer three traveling exhibits for loan to other institutions. The first one, “The Cotton Mill Children: Tifton’s Impact on America” spotlights the story of the Young Family who was photographed by social reformer Lewis Hine at the Tift Cotton Mill in 1909. Through the research of MA historian and journalist Joe Manning, the family was traced down and the descendants of the children in the Hine photographs were united for the first time in March 2014 at the GMA. The second available traveling exhibit is a display of portraits showcasing the American Turpentine Farmers Association Miss Gum Spirits of Turpentine Beauty Queens. The portraits date from 1946 to 1961, and turpentine artifacts featured in the portraits are also a part of this exhibit. The third available traveling exhibit is “Cotton: The Art of the everyday” and it features information and artifacts relating to cotton as art in American kitchens, dining rooms and closets in the 1930’s.
For information on booking a traveling exhibit, please contact GMA Facilities Coordinator Elaine Auger at email@example.com.
Current Exhibit on Display
Inspired Georgia: 28 Pieces from the State Art Collection; September 13-October 25, 2014; Tuesday through Saturday, 9am-4pm
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Upcoming Gallery Exhibits
- Irene Dodd, Nov 7 2014-February 14, 2015
- Civil War Memorabilia Exhibit, March-July 31 2015
- Best of Tifton Artisans, August 2015-Nov 2015
- Glenn Simmions, Folk art & recycled glass sculptures Nov 2015-Feb 2016
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 to October 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.org
American Legacy Quilt Show
For applications or information on the 2015 show, please contact Jane Rodgers at 229.831.6735. The 2015 Quilt Show will take place on April 10& 11.