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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.
Current Exhibit on Display
Women’s Faces: An Exhibit of Pottery and Mixed Media. January 30, 2014 through March 24, 2014; Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4:30pm
An exhibit highlighting traditional pottery by Danielsville, GA artisans Pat and Janice Shields, featuring women’s faces in clay. Also on display is Faces Make Places, a mixed media exhibit by the Tifton 20th Century Library Club showcasing photos of hundreds of Tiftarea women from the early 19th Century through current day and their impact on our community. A bonus display is a collection of significant Georgia traditional pottery from the Shileds’ collection.
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Upcoming Gallery Exhibits
- Wiregrass Barn Quilt Dedication and Quilters’ Ice Cream Social, March 29, 2014 2pm, Wiregrass Opry Stage
- Her World in Quilts: Sue Turnquist, April 4, 2014-April 30, 2014
- 29th Annual Juried Exhibit of GA Artists with Disabilities, May 1 2014-May 31, 2014
- Chicken Scratch, Photography, June 6 2014-Sep 6 2014
- Inspired Georgia: State Art Collection Tour, Sep13- 2014-October 28 2014
- Irene Dodd, Nov 8 2014-March 27 2015
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 email@example.com 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. 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 liaison (GMA Assistant Director and Curator Polly Huff) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Legacy Quilt Show
For applications or more information on the 2014 show, please contact Jane Rodgers at 229.831.6735. The 2014 Quilt Show will take place on April 4 & 5.