Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association

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

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It takes support from the whole community to keep Arts programs alive, vibrant, and contributing to the quality of life here. Make a tax deductible donation today.

Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association is a 501(c)3 corporation, making your donation tax deductible.
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arts alive in Gilmer County, Georgia.


Kids Dance CampYellow Star           2016 Summer Camps!

          Enroll by Calling (706) 635-5605

 Click Here for Schedule   Click Here for Details 

                     Camps are filling fast, so don’t wait to Enroll

Volunteer Meeting Sat. 4/23

We Need You!Volunteer Meeting 
Sat. April 23rd 1pm-3pm

Get involved and help us grow by opening the Gallery & Gift Shop on Sat’s, or be an usher, camp assistant or more. Come learn about the varied opportunities for volunteering at Gilmer Arts! No experience needed, we’ll teach you what you need to know. RSVP by email to or call the office at (706) 635-5605.

Publishing Children’s Books

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publishing your book hereFri. April 29th 1-3pm ~ $36/40

Do you have an idea for a children’s book and have you wondered if you need an agent (and how you get one)? Or who will help you along your journey to getting published? Noted children’s author, Kelly Bingham, demystifies it all for you! This is not a writing course, but a seminar about publishing options. Call to enroll now! (706) 635-5605. Special one-time seminar!

Kelly-Bingham smaller 25About Kelly Bingham
Kelly Bingham is the award-winning author of Z is for Moose, Shark Girl, Formerly Shark Girl, and Circle, Square, Moose. Her early professional life began with a degree in animation from Cal Arts. She went on to work at Walt Disney Feature Animation for several years. She worked on films including Atlantis, Hercules, The Emperorer’s New Groove and Tarzan. She then proceeded to earn a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. After that she left animation and decided to write full time. Kelly lives in Ellijay with her husband and children.

Sip ‘n Paint – Sat. May 7

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So popular, we’re doing it again!

Sat. May 7th, 4-6 pm

northern lightsHappy Hour Sip ‘n Paint class 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 is very popular, so call (706) 635-5605 to enroll now & let the paint party begin!  Subject: Northern Lights

Plein Air Call to Artists

Plein Air at the VineyardsSubmission Deadline Reminder!
May 13, 2016

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Reminder! Deadline: May 13th for Plein Air Entries!

The May 13th deadline Gilmer Arts and Ellijay Wine Country are proud to host the 2nd annual “Plein Air at the Vineyards”. Regional artists will be working outdoors “En Plein Air” in and around the vineyards over a three day weekend beginning Friday June 10th, and ending Sunday June 12th with a live auction at each of the 5 vineyards, featuring artists’ works created over the 3-day event (plus additional original works) .  Passports will enable patrons to visit and sample wine at each of the 4 participating vineyards, as well as participate in all event activities, including the Opening Reception. For more information CLICK HERE to see and print the 2016 Complete Prospectus and Application or select it under the “Calls to Artists” tab at the top of this Home page.  Please direct any questions to: Tony Szep – Artist Coordinator at 

New!  Logo Design Contest for 2017!

Plein Air at the Vineyards is excited to announce the 2017 Logo Design Contest. All artists registered for the 2016 Plein Air at the Vineyards event are eligible to enter a painting to be considered for the 2017 Plein Air at the Vineyards logo. The winning painting will be selected by the event committee. Criteria:

  • Theme – A generic depiction (not vineyard specific) of an artist painting “en plein air” in one of the Ellijay Wine Country Vineyards.
  • Medium – Artists choice.
  • Deadline – August 19, 2016. Works may be painted during this year’s event, or submitted on or before the deadline from sketches done onsite, or from sketches or photographs after the event ends.
  • Selection/Announcement of the Winner – The winner will be announced on September 9, 2016.

The winning work will be used in the logo for the 2017 Plein Air at the Vineyards, and the artist will receive a complementary registration to the 2017 event.

Kids’ Monthly Drawing Class

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Kids’ Drawing
Cat & Dog

Sat. May 7th

1-2:30pm ~$18/20nm

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! 

Jewelry Workshop – 2nd Wednesdays

Jewelry Workshop horiz logo  Wednesday, May 11th 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, or come solo and make new friends.  Your choice of materials include real crystals, glass, carved wood, semi-precious stones and more (no cheap stuff here!).  Pictures are just examples (click on the pics to see details full-size) as you will create a 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.  2nd Wednesdays

Watercolor Classes

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2016 BW daffodilsMay 17-18 – ‘Daffodils’ with Becky Wallace

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
May 9BYO Subject & Supplies1-day$ 56/50Young
May 17-18 Daffodils2-days$ 99/110Wallace

Acoustic Blends Fri. May 20 – 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. May 25 ~ 1-3pm ~ $25/23
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Your Imagination is Your Only Limit! Come paint a wineglass. We offer a design to step you thru, or paint your own design. You may enjoy a glass of wine during class ($3/glass suggested donation or BYOW). You’ll leave class with instructions for drying and baking the finish at home. $25/23 members ~ Includes 1 glass & paint. 

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Art Coach Studio on Friday Mornings

art coachArt Coach Studio

Most Fridays ~ 10am-Noon 

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. 

Express Yourself Art Workshop

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  heart hands Swirl-202x300Express Yourself:  An Art Workshop!

Saturday April 30, 12:30pm-3pm

Be amazed at what you create while painting with brushes (or hands) on canvas – no expectations or rules! Vicki Wagoner, hypnotherapist and artist, will assist you in breaking down inner barriers that transform, “I can’t,” into, “Wow! I did this!” Enroll now by calling 706-635-5605. $45/$41 member  (Supplies included)

B.E.S.T Visual Arts Open Reception – The Art of Billy Roper

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Billy Roper

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billy roper banjo guitar closeup png Fri. April 8th, 5-7pm          
Gilmer Arts Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition in our 4th Exhibition series of B.E.S.T. Visual Arts. Come see the fabulous one-man exhibition by Billy Roper, the “Visual Story Teller”.   You’re invited to attend the reception on April 8th, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm to meet the artist, see his work, mingle with like-minded folks & enjoy refreshments. Our gallery is located at 207 Dalton Street is free to the public.

Mr. Roper’s works include an expressive style of painting that combines imagery and handwriting that tells a story. If you enjoy paintings that tell stories or depict emotions this is the show for you! 

The exhibit runs through May 14th.  We’re open M-F 10am-5pm & Sat’s Noon-5pm.