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Below are lists of Georgia arts and crafts festivals, fairs and events. Please call contact numbers for times, tickets, fees and other info. Stay & Play in GA!
September
Brian Hitselberger Exhibit - 'Forgetting the Self' - 9/1 - 9/3/15 at 5-6:30pm
See the Brian Hitselberger exhibit titled "Forgetting the Self," which will be on view in the Bob Owens Art Gallery until September 17. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: Bob Owens Art Gallery in Hoag Student Center, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
Fall Exhibition - 9/1-9/4, 9/7-9/11, 9/14-9/18, 9/21-9/25 & 9/28-9/30/15 at 9am-5pm
This exhibition will feature Cynthia Miller, Fox Gradin and Paul Light. Phone: 770-536-2575 - Address: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green Street N.E., Gainesville, GA 30501
Georgia's Creative Coast: Celebration of Gullah/Geechee Culture - 9/1-9/5, 9/8-9/12, 9/15-9/19 & 9/22-9/25/15
Celebrate the unique heritage of the Gullah/Geechee culture, whose rich influence may be found in the work of its contemporary artists - from their vivid imagery to traditional sweetgrass baskets. Hours are 9am-5pm during Tues-Fri and 10am-4pm on Sat. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-473-5457 - Address: Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 S Main St, Jonesboro, GA 30236
13th Annual Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational - 9/1 - 9/16/15 at 10am-5pm
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation's (OCAF) Annual Perspectives pottery event is one of the premier and largest pottery events in the region. Showcasing the works of 50 Georgia potters, this event features three exhibits, as well as a sales venue offering over 5,000 pieces of original, hand-made pottery. Perspectives also offers workshops, demonstrations, and tours of local potters' studios. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 - Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, 34 School St, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Arts in the Alley
Troublemakers & Trailblazers - 9/1-9/30/15 everyday except on Mondays
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Handicapped Accessible eveng. Hours are 1-5pm Sunday, 10am-5pm Tues-Wed, 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri-Sat. Closed on Monday. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
Chinese Master Artist I-Hsiung Ju - 9/1 - 9/30/15 Open every day except on Mondays
I-Hsiung Ju was born in 1923 in Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China. He is considered one of a few artists able to blend two worlds of style, technique, and idiom to produce a unique form of painting that is both modern and traditionally Oriental. Ju is famous for saying "a Chinese artist is not only a painter, but also a poet and a philosopher." He is an author of several painting textbooks and numerous papers on Chinese art. During his life, he did what he loved, creating and teaching painting. A poet and philosopher, his paintings are lessons in living a fulfilled life and appreciation of the majesty of nature. Ju is revered in Taiwan and the Philippines, and his works hang in their national museums. Open Sunday at 12noon-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday at 10am-5pm. Phone: 404-881-0900 - Address: Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th St NW, Atlanta GA 30363
Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 9/1 - 9/30/15 - Open everyday except on Mondays
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection - 9/2/15 at 2-3pm
Join docents for a tour of the permanent collection. All tours meet in the lobby and everyone is welcome to attend. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking.Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Brian Hitselberger Artist Talk - 9/3/15 at 5-6:30pm
Brian Hitselberger will talk about his artwork in conjunction with his exhibit titled "Forgetting the Self," which will be on view in the Bob Owens Art Gallery until September 17. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: Bob Owens Art Gallery in Hoag Student Center, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
Georgia Art Show
Beginners Painting with Christopher Sherry - 9/3, 9/10, 9/17 & 9/24/15 at 10am-5pm
Have you always wanted to learn how to paint but are afraid to try? This is the class for you! Chris will show you how to paint with these mediums and while teaching you the process, he'll make it fun! Chris has been a beloved instructor of the Quinlan for over 10 years and his following is a testament to what a great instructor he is. Even if you dabble with paints and want to learn the basics, this class will teach that and much more. Cost is $120 for members and $145 for non-members.

Painting Techniques with Christopher Sherry - 9/3, 9/10, 9/17 & 9/24/15 at 10am-5pm
Enjoy the atmosphere of painting with other painters and learn new tips and techniques to complete your art. Chris has been with the Quinlan for over 10 years and people love his personality and style! Cost is $120 for members and $145 for non-members. Phone: 770-536-2575 - Address: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St N.E., Gainesville, GA 30501
The Quinlan Sketch Friday Club - 9/4 & 9/25/15 at 1:30-5pm
Come and sketch from a live model the first and last Friday of the month, from 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. (Clothed model the first Friday, Full Monty Fridays, and undraped figure last Friday of the month). Cost: $5 per person (clothed model sessions) and $10 per person (for Full Monty sessions). For ages 16 and up. If attending undraped session, please complete a parental consent form before attending. Phone: 770-536-2575 - Address: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St N.E., Gainesville, GA 30501
October
Fall Exhibition, Pen Woman - 10/1-/10/2 & 10/5-10/9/15 at 9am-5pm
This exhibition will feature Cynthia Miller, Fox Gradin and Paul Light. Phone: 770-536-2575 - Address: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green Street N.E., Gainesville, GA 30501
Chinese Master Artist I-Hsiung Ju - 10/1 - 10/18/15 Open every day except on Mondays
I-Hsiung Ju was born in 1923 in Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China. He is considered one of a few artists able to blend two worlds of style, technique, and idiom to produce a unique form of painting that is both modern and traditionally Oriental. Ju is famous for saying "a Chinese artist is not only a painter, but also a poet and a philosopher." He is an author of several painting textbooks and numerous papers on Chinese art. During his life, he did what he loved, creating and teaching painting. A poet and philosopher, his paintings are lessons in living a fulfilled life and appreciation of the majesty of nature. Ju is revered in Taiwan and the Philippines, and his works hang in their national museums. Open Sunday at 12noon-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday at 10am-5pm. Phone: 404-881-0900 - Address: Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th St NW, Atlanta GA 30363
Troublemakers & Trailblazers - 10/1-10/31/15 everyday except on Mondays
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Handicapped Accessible eveng. Hours are 1-5pm Sunday, 10am-5pm Tues-Wed, 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri-Sat. Closed on Monday. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 10/1 - 10/31/15 - Open everyday except on Mondays
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Fair on the Square - 10/3/15 at 9am-4pm
Featured arts and crafts include etched glassware, leather goods, handmade jewelry, woodcrafts, college logo items, honey, Christmas decorations, handmade pottery, home fragrances, pillows, hair bows, and custom t-shirts. There will also be a variety of baked goods and other foods. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission & parking. Phone:478-982-5595 - Location: Jenkins County Courthouse, Winthrope Ave, Millen, GA 30442
Occupation of Sandersville 2015- Grand opening of Civil War Art Show - 10/6, 10/8-10/10, 10/13, 10/15-10/17, 10/20, 10/22-10/24, 10/27 & 10/29-10/30/15
The Brown House Museum will be hosting the grand opening of a Civil War Art Show in commemoration of the occupation of Sandersville by General William T. Sherman and and his troops 150 years ago. Art work by local artists will be on display featuring the artistic interpretations of battle scenes and scenes of other ravages of the Civil War experienced by Washington County. Hours are Tues-Thurs at 2-5pm and Sat at 10am-3pm. Free admission & parking. Phone: 478-552-3288 - Address: Brown House Museum, 268 N Harris St, Sandersville, GA 31082
November
Troublemakers & Trailblazers - 11/1-11/30/15 everyday except on Mondays
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Handicapped Accessible eveng. Hours are 1-5pm Sunday, 10am-5pm Tues-Wed, 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri-Sat. Closed on Monday. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 11/1 - 11/30/15 - Open everyday except on Mondays
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Occupation of Sandersville 2015- Grand opening of Civil War Art Show - 11/3, 11/5-11/7, 11/10 & 11/12-11/13/15
The Brown House Museum will be hosting the grand opening of a Civil War Art Show in commemoration of the occupation of Sandersville by General William T. Sherman and and his troops 150 years ago. Art work by local artists will be on display featuring the artistic interpretations of battle scenes and scenes of other ravages of the Civil War experienced by Washington County. Hours are Tues-Thurs at 2-5pm and Sat at 10am-3pm. Free admission & parking. Phone: 478-552-3288 - Address: Brown House Museum, 268 N Harris St, Sandersville, GA 31082
December
Troublemakers & Trailblazers - 12/1-12/31/15 everyday except on Mondays
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Handicapped Accessible eveng. Hours are 1-5pm Sunday, 10am-5pm Tues-Wed, 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri-Sat. Closed on Monday. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 12/1 - 12/31/15 - Open everyday except on Mondays
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
2016
Discovering Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 1/1-7/31/16 - Open everyday except on Mondays
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
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