Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association

207 Dalton Street
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
phone: (706) 635-5605

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BEST Series 2015-2016 Season

BEST SeriesTickets $27 in Advance, $29 at Door (Members get 10% off)

Call Gilmer Arts (706) 635-5605 to Buy Tickets

 Sat. Feb. 6 ~ A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
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Friday, March 11 ~ Cherish the Ladies

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Barrage 8 – Sat. April 23
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Sip ‘n Paint – Sat. Jan. 23rd

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Sat. Feb. 6th, 4-6 pm

northern lightsHappy Hour Sip ‘n Paint classes for Winter Quarter so you don’t have to drive after dark!  A little paint, a glass of wine & a lot of fun!  No experience needed, this is all about fun. Come solo or with friends or a significant other!  Leave with your finished masterpiece and a great memory!  You’ll receive step-by-step instruction from a degreed art instructor and leave with your finished masterpiece and a great memory. Although everyone paints the same picture, each comes out very unique! $35 includes supplies & one glass of wine (or you can BYOW). Additional glasses for $3 donation. This class has been selling out, so call (706) 635-5605 to enroll now & let the paint party begin! 

Children’s Drawing Class – Monthly

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Kids’ Monthly Drawing Class

Snowman & Igloo

Sat. Feb. 6th

1-2:15pm ~$20/18mbr.

Our monthly series of kids’ drawing classes are a great skill-builder and a fun time for kids ages 6-10. Art Instructor Rachel Beth Hines steps the kids through age-appropriate drawings, as they learn skills like shading, perspective and more using hard and soft pencils.  All supplies provided.  No experience needed and a guaranteed great time!

Watercolor Classes

Step by Step Watercolors

Tues. Feb. 9th      Swallowtail butterfly feb
Try these popular classes! Our amazing instructors make it easy by providing everything you need and guiding the process step-by-step. You’ll be amazed at what you can do! Create a painting in a day. No drawing ability or painting experience required – really! Class is 9:30am-3:30pm. Bring a small dish to share for pot-luck lunch. 

2016 Class Dates:  Enroll by Calling (706) 235-6953

DateSubject Day(s)PriceInstructor
Tues. Feb. 9Swallowtail Butterfly1 day$ 60/54Menendez
Tues. March 22Dragonfly1-day$ 60/54Menendez

Jewelry Workshop – 2nd Wednesdays

Afternoon Jewelry Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 10th 1-3pm

Foil glass, Swarovski crystals, glass seed beads Coin pearls, Swarovski crystals

Create a beautiful piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift!  Great ‘creative moment’ for family members or friends to make a memory together, or come solo and make new friends.  Your choice of materials include real crystals, glass, carved wood, semi-precious stones and more (no cheap plastic stuff here!).  Pictures are just examples (click on the pics to see details full-size) as you will create a completely customized piece for your taste.  Enroll now by calling Gilmer Arts at 706-635-5605.  $15 Class + Supply fee ($10 (bracelet or earrings) or $15 (necklace) – your choice.  Adults & Teens Welcome. 2nd Wednesdays.

Art Coach Studio on Friday Mornings

art coachArt Coach Studio

Fri. Feb. 12th ~ 10am-Noon 

(Continues Most Fridays) 

An open studio class for independent types … work on your own project at your own pace, bring your own supplies and subject matter. Receive individual coaching + group demos in small group setting. All media: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pencils … all subjects & styles. Prof. Mark Menendez is your personal “Art Coach”. Beginning to professional levels welcome. $30/$27mbr. 

Juried Group Art Exhibition

opening reception easel graphicSpring Juried Art Exhibition

Sat. Feb. 13th 5pm-7pm

Featuring 15 Artists

Join us for the Opening Reception of our 2016 Annual Spring Juried Group Art Exhibition on Sat. Feb. 13th from 5-7pm. Meet the artists and learn about their work, while enjoying refreshments and mingling with like-minded art lovers. Awards totaling $850 to be presented at 6pm. Free and the public is invited. The juror is John Stanford, President of the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild.  The Exhibition runs through March 18th.

Draw & Sketch 3rd Wednesdays 10am-Noon

draw & sketch anything with alan r. young

Wed. Feb. 17th ~ 10am-Noon ~ $25/23mbr.

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Learn to draw anything with nationally noted wildlife artist, Alan R. Young!  Alan instructs at the John C. Campbell Folk School and is particularly well-known in the South for his ‘Birds of the Appalachian’ illustrations. His work is featured in national publications and resides in collections across the US & Europe.  Alan will help you develop skills in perspective, horizons, vanishing points, textures, and contrasts.  Sheets of sketch paper and #2 pencils will be provided, but the purchase of an 18 x 24 sketchbook (80# weight) is suggested.  Min. 6 students/class, so don’t delay your enrollment!  Call (706) 635-5605 by one week prior to class date.  Class repeats 3rd Wednesdays (Jan. 20th, Feb. 17th, Mar. 16th) and you can sign up for one or all.

Acoustic Blends Fri. Feb. 19th – 7pm until ?

Live Music

3rd Friday of Every Month

Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam!  You’re welcome to bring your own libations and munchies, or you can purchase water, sodas and snacks while you enjoy some eclectic, spontaneous and fun music!  Free & Public Invited.

7pm at Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street

Wineglass Painting – 4th Wednesdays

wineglass painting Wed. Feb. 24th ~ 1-3pm ~ $25/23

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Your Imagination is Your Only Limit! Come paint a wineglass with local artist Annie Oakley. Annie will offer a design to step you through, or you independent types can paint your own design. The sky’s the limit! You may also enjoy a glass of wine during class ($3/glass suggested donation or you can BYOW). You’ll leave class with instructions for drying and baking the finish on at home. $25/23 members ~ Includes one wineglass & all materials to paint it. Additional wineglasses available for a fee if time allows. 

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Kids’ Monthly Art Party – Fri. Feb. 26th

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Fri. Feb. 26th ~ 5-7pm ~ $22/20

Happy Feet! Art is fun and important for kids’ brain development so each month kids of all ages, from 5-17, come together at Gilmer Arts to create a different art project, building a variety of skills. Degreed Art instructor Rachel Beth Hines has taught many classes to children and adults at a variety of Michael’s stores & other locations, and guarantees a great and educational experience. January’s project is penguin collages! $22/20 members ~ Includes all materials.

Beg. Dulcimer Class with Megan Williams

Beginning Dulcimer

3 weeks on Thurs. dulcimer in rhododendrons1:30-3:30pm

March 3, 10 & 17

Megan Williams teaches beginners how to play this beautiful acoustic instrument. You DO NOT have to read music. If you can read numbers, use all fingers on your dominant hand and strum with your other, you can learn this wonderful instrument for a lifetime of fun.  Enroll now by calling 706-635-5605.  Thurs. March 3-17 ~ $90/$81 ~ 3 wks