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, Best Exhibit and Best Gallery Event in January 2015, and Best Gallery Event in January 2016.
Current Gallery Exhibit
Back Roads of Georgia 2: Photography and Literary Competition and Exhibit
The Gallery of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, in conjunction with Georgia Backroads Magazine and the ABAC Rural Studies Program will host Back Roads of Georgia 2, and exhibit of photography depicting rural life and culture in the state. Georgia photographers 18 years and older, both hobby and professional, are invited to submit work to be juried for inclusion in the exhibit. Deadline for photo entries is 4 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
An opening reception for the new exhibit and an awards ceremony for the winners of the photo competition will be hosted by the GMA Gallery on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 5pm. Guests to the reception will enjoy light refreshments, “backroads tunes” by Dr. Jeff Newberry, and free gallery tours. Professor of Photography Dominick Gheesling of Valdosta, chair of Photography at the Valdosta State University School of Art, will select the winners of the photography competition in advance of the exhibit opening. Judging will be blind. Winners will be announced at the opening reception.
Cash awards totaling $1000 provided by the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council, publication consideration by Georgia Backroads Magazine, and annual passes to the GMA will be awarded to the top seven winners in the photography competition.
The Back Roads of Georgia 2 exhibit will remain on display at the GMA Gallery until April 1, 2017. For more information, interested persons can contact GMA Assistant Director and Curator Polly Huff at email@example.com or see the Photo exhibit entry form
Upcoming Gallery Events
Tea: The Ritual and The Art
(A Partnership between Plough Gallery, GMA Gallery, and the Japan-America Society of Georgia)
April 15, 2017
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 quarter on the third Friday of the month from 6 to 8pm at the GMA. Advance registration via email and payment 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 2017 show, please contact Jane Rodgers at 229.831.6735. The 2017 Quilt Show will take place on April 7 & 8, 2017.