Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association

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

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Sip ‘n Paint – Sat. June 18

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Sat. June 18th, 6pm-8pm

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 popular, so call (706) 635-5605 to enroll now & let the paint party begin! 

Piano in a Flash – Thurs. June 16th

piano in a flash

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Thurs. June 16th ~ 3pm-5pm ~ $25 

It’s back! Join us for two hours and unlock the mystery of playing the piano. You’ll be playing recognizable songs before you leave! We provide electronic keyboards & headsets for each student and all materials are included. Enroll now by calling 706-635-5605. (we’ll schedule a 6-8pm evening session if there’s interest)

Watercolor Classes

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Misty Blue croppedFri. June 10 – ‘Misty Blue’ 

This particular piece, whether you like the subject or not, will be a great learning experience for the hazy, blue misting technique (great if you want to paint our beautiful Blue Ridge mountains!) 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
Mon. July 11Barn Through Barbed Wire1-day 9:30-3:30$ 54/60Wallace
W & Th. Aug. 3-4Lilies & Pears2-days 9:30-3:30$ 99/110Wallace

Stained Glass Workshop

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stained glass butterflyTues. June 7th ~ 12:30-4:30pm ~ $55/50 + $10 supply

Learn stained glass basic techniques – patterning, cutting, soldering & complete a project in one workshop! Instructor will provide tools, but students are required to bring their own safety glasses (& a black sharpie will be handy too). A variety of glass and patterns will be available. Let’s get cutting! Supply fee cover glass, foil, chemicals, solder and tool usage. Limited spaces, call (706) 635-5605 to enroll now. 

Community Theatre – Grace & Glorie

grace and glorie by tom zieglerGrace & Glorie

Special Encore Performance!

This Thurs. June 9th at 7pm

This play is hilarious from start to finish, with timeless characters, superb acting, a remarkable set and something for everyone in the script. This is must-see theatre!!!  

Call Gilmer Arts for Tickets (706) 635-5605
or purchase at the Door

Tickets $15 ($13.50 Members)

Community Theatre – Grace & Glorie

grace and glorie by tom zieglerGrace & Glorie

Tickets on Sale Now!    
$15 ($13.50 Members) – Call 706.635.5605

7 Performances!

Grace is a feisty elderly cancer patient who has checked herself out of the hospital & returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. Gloria, her volunteer hospice worker, is a tense, unhappy, Harvard MBA recently transplanted to here from New York. As she attempts to care for and comfort cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Gloria gains new perspectives on values and life’s highs and lows. Just who is taking care of whom?  

6pm Opening Night Reception – Fri. May 27

7pm Showtime – Fri.-Sat. May 26-28 & June 2-4

2pm – Sun. May 29 & Sun.June 5

Special FOGAS Benefit Night, Thurs. 6/2   
Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter saves the lives of dogs & cats by vetting them & transporting them to Forever homes

                           Call Gilmer Arts for Tickets (706) 635-5605

Plein Air Call to Artists

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

call for artists


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.

Silent Auction

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List of Items for Sale

Catalog of Items (with pics)

Check Out the Great Items for Sale & plan your bids! 
When you buy items from us (many of which you may be spending $ on anyway), your dollars go directly to keeping Gilmer Arts and all of our programs alive in this community. 
Items range from Golf Rounds, to Beach House and Cabin Rentals, Spa Services and Hair Styling, to tickets to Botanical Gardens, Museums and Theatres, to Gift Cards to your Favorite Restaurants, Oil Changes, Gun Range, Computer, Florist, Wine and Wine Tastings, Works of Art, Pet products and so much more!

This year will be more fun than ever, with the Live Band Flashback, dancing, the Silent Auction and more – please come! It’s not too late to buy tickets by calling Gilmer Arts at (706) 635-5605. If you’re going to be out of town but still want to support us, ask a friend to be your proxy bidder. Help us continue our visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, live music, community theatre & chorus programs, music and art classes, summer camps & more.