Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association

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


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Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm

We Need Your Support!

It takes everyone's support throughout the community to keep our Arts programs alive, vibrant, and contributing to the quality of life here. Thank you for your support! Please click the button below to make a tax deductible donation to support Gilmer Arts.

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


Becky Wallace Watercolor Class Nov. 17th 9:30-3:30 pm

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Try these popular Step-by-Step Watercolor Classes!  Becky makes it easy;  all supplies provided, and you leave with your finished 2014 Xmas Card Birdpainting!  9:30am-3:30pm each day, pot-luck lunch.  Dates, subjects and fees below.  One day classes are perfect for beginners!  Enroll now by calling 706-635-5605.


Christmas Card         Monday                      Nov 17                   $60/$54 mbr
  Christmas subject will be the bird shown at right

Kids Painting Party – Fri. Nov. 14th 5:30-8:30pm

Friday, Nov. 14th 5:30-8:30

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Kids of all ages will learn to express themselves through painting, and have fun doing it.  Step-by-step instruction will be provided using acrylic paints.  Children will go home with a finished 11″ x 14″work of art!  Ages 5-17 ~ $23 Includes all Materials

Art Coach Studio

Art Coach Studio

Fri. Nov. 14th – 10am-Noon

Professional fine artist and travel teaching artist Prof. Mark Menendez will be your personal “Art Coach” and offers over 30 years’ experience teaching with quick wit, patience and generous encouragement.  This is an open studio class … work on your own project at your own pace, bring your own supplies and subject matter.  All media: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pencils … all subjects and styles.   Receive individual coaching as well as group demonstrations.  Beginning to professional artists welcome!  Enroll now by calling 706-635-5605.  $30/$27mbr.

Beginning Acrylics Painting Class Nov. 13th 6-9pm

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Always wanted to paint?  Here’s your chance!

xmas novNov. 13th Class 6-9pm – Christmas Theme!  Step by step instructions for anyone, we can do it together!  All materials included and you’ll leave with a finished acrylic painting on canvas!  This is a really fun opportunity to see what you can do, even if you always thought you couldn’t draw or paint!  No artistic skill required!  Mature teens are also welcome.  $28/$25 Members. 
1st or 2nd Thursdays Most Months

Elder Arts Class Wed. Nov. 12th 9-11am

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Gilmer Arts community outreach has partnered with the Gilmer Senior Center to offer a project-based art program designed to meet the needs of “senior seniors”.  Class is held at the Senior Center on 2nd Wednesdays most months.  Next class is September 10th.  The Senior Center is located at 111 N. Gilmer St.  Students may enroll by calling the Senior Center at (706) 635-7688.  

Oil Painting Class Starts Nov. 11-12 10am-3pm Landscape

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Oil painting is great fun and anyone can do it!  Instructor Kathy Mock has been painting for over 40 years and will guide you as you create your painting of a gorgeous landscape.  You will learn everything from the preparation of the canvas through completion of your painting.  $10 Supply Fee per class will provide you with a palette of paints to use and you may borrow brushes. Pot luck lunch – bring a small dish to share. Class minimums apply so enroll now at 706-635-5605.  
2 Days ~ Nov. 11th & 12th ~ 10am-3pm, $110/$99 members, Supplies $10/class

Saturday Jewelry Workshop – Sat. Nov. 8th, 1-3pm

Saturday Jewelry Workshop

Saturday Nov. 8th 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!  Class is taught by Artist Vicki Wagoner.  Your choice of materials for bracelet or necklace. These are not cheap plastic parts, but real crystals, glass, carved wood, semi-precious stones and more.  Pictures are just examples (click on the pics to see details full-size).  You will have a great selection to choose from to suit your taste. Enroll now by calling Gilmer Arts at 706-635-5605. Oct. 16th ~ 5:30 – 7:30 pm ~ Class is $15 + Supply fee of $10, (bracelet) or $15 (necklace) – your choice.

Heart, Hands and Healing Art – Sat. Nov. 8th 10am-Noon

Heart Hands and Healing Art

  Reavealing Your Inner Masterpiece on Canvas

Saturday November 8th 10am- Noon

Vicki Wagoner

Experience epiphanies of creativity, healing and transformation in a gentleheart hands way by painting with hands on paper.  No artistic ability required.  Artist/Instructor Vicki Wagoner will help you discover your gifts of creativity, interpersonal connection and playfulness.  Be a “kid” again!  

Spaces are limited and minimum # of students is required, so enroll now at Gilmer Arts by calling 706-635-5605.

Class Fees: $45.00/ $40.50 Member   (All supplies included)

Dulcimer Music Class with Dana Henderson- Nov 5th-7pm-9pm

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3 Wednesdays ~ Nov. 5, 12, 19 ~ 7pm-9pm

DanaDana Henderson teaches basic playing skills, so that students may take Dulcimerhome the ability to play their dulcimer. 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 neat instrument which comes with a lifetime guarantee of fun.  Class minimums apply and many classes have limited spaces so enroll now at 706-635-5605.

3 Wednesdays ~ Nov. 5, 12, 19 ~ 7pm-9pm ~ $90/$81 members ~ 3 weeks

Joe Gransden & His 16-pc. Big Band Sat. Nov. 1st

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BEST Series Season Premiere!

Sat. Nov. 1st – 7:30pm

16-piece Big Band!

Joe Gransden Big BandJoe Gransden and 16 of the most dynamic vocalists and musicians in the nation will sing and play some of the best known and most well-loved Big Band music on Saturday!  Joe started playing professionally with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Big Bands right after high school, and went on to play gigs with Barry White, Kenny Rogers, the Temptations, and Aretha Franklin, earning him great respect throughout the music industry.  His voice has been compared to Sinatra, Buble and Chet Baker.  With 14 CDs, and a 16-piece band of the best musicians, this will be one awesome concert! Last chance to buy Season Tickets and save 20%!  Advance tickets are $27 + tax, Door tickets are $29 + tax.  Performance will be at the Ellijay Elementary School.  Seating is General Admission, first-come first-serve.  Doors open for seating at 7pm, curtain at 7:30.  Buy tickets online until the day before or call Gilmer Arts at (706) 635-5605.

      • Season Tickets Info or Buy Now                                                   
      • Joe Gransden & His Big Band – Nov. 1 –  Info or Buy Now

B.E.S.T. Series – Tickets On Sale!

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                Advance: $27.00 + tax     Door: $29+tax (no discounts)

            Members Save 20% on Season Tickets!
           and 10% on individual shows

The B.E.S.T. Series Brings Ellijay Sensational Talent – get your tickets now for our exciting season!  Click links below for more info on each show:

  • Vivace Christmas Show- Dec. 6 –  Info or Buy Now
  • “Della’s Diner” Musical – Feb. 28 – Info or Buy Now
  • John Jorgenson Quintet – March 28 – Info or Buy Now

Photography Class – Waterfall Photoshoot – Oct. 25th 1-4pm

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1-4 pm (Rain date:10/26)

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Learn to photograph moving water at a local waterfall!  Bring your digital camera and let local photographer John Crawford teach you!  This will be held off campus (Gilmer Arts).

Materials needed:  Camera with “manual” controls or “shutter” controls, Tripod and a sense of fun and adventure!  

6 person minimum will apply and many classes have limited spaces so enroll now by calling Gilmer Arts at 706-635-5605.  $35 non-members/$31.50 members 

Enroll Now for Glass & Tile Mosaic Workshop! Oct. 21-23 9am-2pm

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October 21-23 9am-2pm

 Blue and White Mosaic  Fleur de Lis Panel McInnis

Some of the world’s most beautiful & enduring works of art are mosaics – think of Pompeii. Learn the skills to make lots of projects for your outdoor spaces as you complete a project during class. This 3-day workshop is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  $95 for Members ~ $105 Non-Members.  Supply Fee of $20 covers the glass & tile for mosaics.  6 student minimum.  This class will be held off-campus (not at Gilmer Arts) at a member’s barn.  Enroll now by calling Gilmer Arts at 706-635-5605. 

Calligraphy Classes Start Mon. Sept. 8th

Calligraphy Class

Starts Mon. Sept. 8th – Enroll Now!

Calligraphy Sample

Don’t miss this special chance to learn “Basic Italic Calligraphy” from professional calligrapher Patsy Schmidt who’s been teaching for over 20 years!  Learn to create beautiful invitations, cards, address envelopes and more. Class will be on 4 Mondays starting Sept. 8th at 10am-Noon.  6 Supply Fee covers a basic slant-tip calligraphy pen and papers needed for class.  Hurry and enroll today! Minimum enrollments and spaces are limited.  Ages 12+  
4 Mon: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 ~ 10am-Noon $70/$63 mbrs + $6 Supplies

Photography Class – Starts Wed. Sept. 10th, Noon-1pm

Photography Class

Take Better Photos Now!

Noon-1pm Wed’s, Start Sept. 10th

digital cameraBring your digital camera and let John Crawford teach you about Camera Modes, Composition, Lighting, Exposure, Depth of Field, Metering and More!  A camera with the ability for full manual control is preferable but not necessary.

4 Student Min., 5 classes/5 weeks ~ $175/$158 Members ($32/class)

Enroll Now by Calling Gilmer Arts at 706-635-5605

Learn to Jam Fri. Sept. 19th from 3-5pm

So you’ve learned how to play an acoustic instrument (guitar, banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, bass, autoharp etc).  Now what? 

Move toward performing by learning to play with others in a no-stress environment.  Bring your instrument & song ideas to our “First Level” Sessions.  Develop stage presence & build confidence while having fun & making new friends.  All skill levels welcome, but this is designed for those who can play at least basic chords and songs.  Free Class.  Grab a bite after and come back to hear Acoustic Blends at 7pm.