Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association

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

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Art Coach Studio

Art Coach Studio

Fri. Oct. 24th & 31st 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.


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

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

waterfall class

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.


Open Studio Class Aug. 29th 10-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! 
Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19 at 10am-Noon    $30/$27 members


BEST Series Reception – Sat. August 23rd at 6pm

BEST Series

Kickoff Reception

tickets redYou’re invited!  Reception begins at 6pm.  The B.E.S.T. Series Brings Ellijay Sensational Talent and you can come learn about this season’s shows!  Members are able to buy discounted tickets at the reception before they go on sale to the public. Members receive a discount on the tickets and an additional discount on season tickets. This is also a great time to come join or renew.

Series Shows & Dates (Mark your Calendar!)

Joe Gransden & His Big Band – Nov. 1
Vivace – Dec. 6
“Della’s Diner” Musical Theatre – Feb. 28
John Jorgenson Quintet – March 28


Community Chorus Auditions & 1st Rehearsal

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Chorus Auditions – Tuesday, Aug. 19th 6pm

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Join Community Chorus and make music with your friends and music lovers from around the community. Help us create an exciting Fall Concert for Sat. Nov. 14th (mark your calendars now!).  

Auditions for new members will be at 6pm on Tuesday, August 19th at Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St.  You can sing “My Country Tis of Thee” or bring your own piece.

Returning Chorus Member Registration is at 6:30pm and 1st Rehearsal commences at 7pm.  $20 Registration Fee.  Come sing again! 


Acoustic Blends Fri. Aug. 15th – 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


Learn to Jam Fri. Aug. 15th 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, but Registration required.  Grab a bite after and come back to hear Acoustic Blends at 7pm.


Beginning Acrylics Painting Class Thurs. 8/14 6-9pm

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Always wanted to paint?  Here’s your chance!

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!  Mature teens are also welcome.  $28/$25 Members.  1st or 2nd Thursdays Most Months

*** Our August Painting will be a Monogram of Your Initials ***


Elder Arts Class Wed. Aug. 13th 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 will be held at the Senior Center on Wednesdays once per month.  $10/Class.  The August 13th project is a picture frame that will be painted and embellished.  We’ll also be taking pictures of the seniors who’d like to frame pictures of themselves.  The Senior Center is located at 111 N. Gilmer St.  Students may enroll by calling the Senior Center at (706) 635-7688.