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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!
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April
90 Carlton: Spring - 4/29/16 at 6-9pm
This reception features the spring exhibitions. Enjoy gallery activities, door prizes and "Ask the Experts" from 7:30pm to 8:30 p.m. This event is free for members, $5 nonmembers. Free parking. RSVP to gmoarsvp@uga.edu or call. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-542-4199 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Southworks 2016: 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibit - 4/29 - 4/30/16 10am-4pm
The Southworks Juried Art Exhibit is a national juried art exhibition that the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) has been holding for years. Since its inception, it has been one of the premier art exhibitions in the region as it brings in several hundred applications from talented artists across the nation. All the exhibit entries are judged in an anonymous fashion by the juror. This process requires each piece of artwork to be accepted or denied based solely upon the level of quality each piece exhibits in relation to the other entries. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, 34 School St, Watkinsville GA
Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees With His Hands - 4/29-4/30/16
Michael Naranjo is blind. He lost his eyesight in 1968 while serving in Vietnam. Yet, to this day, Naranjo is widely regarded as one of the greatest living Native American sculptors. Booth Western Art Museum is excited to present a "touchable" exhibition in Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands. Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands will feature more than 30 works, drawn from the Collection of Tia, from throughout Naranjo's 45-year career. Michael Naranjo grew up in a New Mexico pottery family and went to school to study sculpture, but service in Vietnam threatened his dream. A grenade explosion took his eyesight and left his right hand severely wounded. Despite these limitations, Naranjo has created well over 100 important works including many monuments. Per the request of the artist and the Collection, this exhibition will allow visitors the opportunity to touch the sculptures…to see the pieces as the artist sees them. Hours are 10am-5pm Tues-Sat and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. Cost is $7-$10 per person for non-members and Free for members and children ages 12 and under . Phone: 770-387-1300 - Address: Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120
Valley River Arts Guild Exhibit - 4/29 - 4/30/16 10am-6pm
Celebrate the regional talent of artists from the Valley River Arts Guild in Murphy, NC. This exhibit will include unforgettable 2D and 3D works from several talented artists and will be on display inside the Art Center's Richard Low Evans Gallery. Opening reception will be April 8 from 5-7 p.m. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Arts in the Alley
Kippy Hammond "Foreign Influences" - 4/29 - 4/30/16
Kippy Hammon, renowned oils and pastels artist, has spent most of the past two decades living and creating art in France. The newly renovated Vereen Gallery will play host to her collection. For more information on attending her workshop, please call. Hours are 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, and 10am-1pm Sat. Closed Sunday. Free admission & parking. Phone 229-985-1922 - Address: Colquitt County Arts Center, 401 7th Ave SW, Moultrie, GA 31768
Discovering Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 4/29 - 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
Make Your Own Rag Doll - 4/30/16 at 10am-12noon
Join the Plantation Quilters Guild in learning how to make your very own rag doll. All supplies will be provided and there is no sewing required. All ages are welcome. Cost is $2 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette, Georgia 31046
Madison Fest in Town Park - 4/30/16 at 9am-4pm
Join us for a family-friendly day of fun in downtown Madison, where arts and crafts vendors, garden exhibits, live entertainment and guest speakers provide the activities. Plant vendors will be on hand to help you select plants to stand up to southeastern heat and humidity for your flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. We'll host informal discussions with speakers on various gardening topics. George Sanko, Director of the Native Plant Garden at Georgia Perimeter College, will bring some of his preferred plants; David Arnal of the Bee Factory will tell us how to encourage pollinators in our home garden; Morgan County Master Gardener Hilda Chilton will demonstrate proper tomato propagation techniques; and Mimi Maumus, the chef /owner of homemade catering in Athens will demonstrate how to prepare traditional Southern treats from scratch. Madison Locally Grown and local farmers will be on hand to sell their wares. Bring a cooler to carry home perishables like eggs, cheese and meats. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-1251 - Address: Madison's Town Park, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
Spring Arts Festival - 4/30/16 at 12noon-5pm
Browse the diverse artists market featuring everything from handmade jewelry to potteryy to painting and more. Children's activities will be available. Also, enjoy live entertainment and demonstrations. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-624-4440 - Address: McDonough Square, Griffin St, downtown McDonough, GA 30253
Painting on display at ATHICA Art Gallery
Spring Fling - 4/30/16 at 9am-5pm
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with fun family activities. Kids will be able to make their own nature craft projects to take home. The Friends of General Coffee State Park will be hosting the Spring Arts and Craft Festival as part of this event. More event activities will include hay rides, games, kids craft area, nature programs and more. Admission cost is $2 per person, and $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 912-384-7082 - Address: General Coffee State Park, 46 John Coffee Road, Nicholls, GA 31554
Family Day: Poetry and Art - 4/30/16 at 10am-12noon
Presented in conjunction with NEA's Big Read project, this program will connect Robinson Jeffers' Big Sur nature poetry with the paintings and drawings it inspired in the exhibition "David Ligare: California Classicist." Kids and families are invited to bring a copy of their favorite nature poem from home or write their own poem at the museum, then create a decorative frame for it using natural materials. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4199 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
17th Annual Celebrate Clayton Georgia Art Festival - 4/30 - 5/1/16
Downtown Clayton features unique shops for home decor, antiques, clothing, outdoor cafes, and a block-long hardware store that is every man's dream! This family-friendly festival tempts visitors to stay all day with a kids activity area, a wide variety of refreshments from food vendors and restaurants right on Main Street. April 30 at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Arts & Crafts Market. May 1 at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Arts & Crafts Market. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-212-9958 - Location: N Main St, downtown Clayton, GA
May
Valley River Arts Guild Exhibit - 5/1/16 at 10am-6pm
Celebrate the regional talent of artists from the Valley River Arts Guild in Murphy, NC. This exhibit will include unforgettable 2D and 3D works from several talented artists and will be on display inside the Art Center's Richard Low Evans Gallery. Opening reception will be April 8 from 5-7 p.m. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees With His Hands - 5/1, 5/3 - 5/8, 5/10 - 5/15, 5/17 - 5/22, 5/24 - 5/29 & 5/31/16
Michael Naranjo is blind. He lost his eyesight in 1968 while serving in Vietnam. Yet, to this day, Naranjo is widely regarded as one of the greatest living Native American sculptors. Booth Western Art Museum is excited to present a "touchable" exhibition in Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands. Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands will feature more than 30 works, drawn from the Collection of Tia, from throughout Naranjo's 45-year career. Michael Naranjo grew up in a New Mexico pottery family and went to school to study sculpture, but service in Vietnam threatened his dream. A grenade explosion took his eyesight and left his right hand severely wounded. Despite these limitations, Naranjo has created well over 100 important works including many monuments. Per the request of the artist and the Collection, this exhibition will allow visitors the opportunity to touch the sculptures…to see the pieces as the artist sees them. Hours are 10am-5pm Tues-Sat and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. Cost is $7-$10 per person for non-members and Free for members and children ages 12 and under . Phone: 770-387-1300 - Address: Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120
Kippy Hammond "Foreign Influences" - 5/2 - 5/6/16
Kippy Hammon, renowned oils and pastels artist, has spent most of the past two decades living and creating art in France. The newly renovated Vereen Gallery will play host to her collection. Ms. Hammond will also be offering an intensive Pastels Workshop on the weekend of her opening, March 12 and 13. For more information on attending her workshop, please call. Hours are 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, and 10am-1pm Sat. Closed on Sunday. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-985-1922 - Address: Colquitt County Arts Center, 401 7th Ave SW, Moultrie GA
Southworks 2016: 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibit - 5/2 - 5/6/16 at 10am-4pm
The Southworks Juried Art Exhibit is a national juried art exhibition that the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) has been holding for years. Since its inception, it has been one of the premier art exhibitions in the region as it brings in several hundred applications from talented artists across the nation. All the exhibit entries are judged in an anonymous fashion by the juror. This process requires each piece of artwork to be accepted or denied based solely upon the level of quality each piece exhibits in relation to the other entries. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, 34 School St, Watkinsville GA
June
Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees With His Hands - 6/1 - 6/5, 6/7 - 6/12, 6/14 - 6/19, 6/21 - 6/26 & 6/28 - 6/30/16
Michael Naranjo is blind. He lost his eyesight in 1968 while serving in Vietnam. Yet, to this day, Naranjo is widely regarded as one of the greatest living Native American sculptors. Booth Western Art Museum is excited to present a "touchable" exhibition in Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands. Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands will feature more than 30 works, drawn from the Collection of Tia, from throughout Naranjo's 45-year career. Michael Naranjo grew up in a New Mexico pottery family and went to school to study sculpture, but service in Vietnam threatened his dream. A grenade explosion took his eyesight and left his right hand severely wounded. Despite these limitations, Naranjo has created well over 100 important works including many monuments. Per the request of the artist and the Collection, this exhibition will allow visitors the opportunity to touch the sculptures…to see the pieces as the artist sees them. Hours are 10am-5pm Tues-Sat and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. Cost is $7-$10 per person for non-members and Free for members and children ages 12 and under. Phone: 770-387-1300 - Address: Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120
July
Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees With His Hands - 7/1 - 7/3/16
Michael Naranjo is blind. He lost his eyesight in 1968 while serving in Vietnam. Yet, to this day, Naranjo is widely regarded as one of the greatest living Native American sculptors. Booth Western Art Museum is excited to present a "touchable" exhibition in Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands. Michael Naranjo: The Artist Who Sees with His Hands will feature more than 30 works, drawn from the Collection of Tia, from throughout Naranjo's 45-year career. Michael Naranjo grew up in a New Mexico pottery family and went to school to study sculpture, but service in Vietnam threatened his dream. A grenade explosion took his eyesight and left his right hand severely wounded. Despite these limitations, Naranjo has created well over 100 important works including many monuments. Per the request of the artist and the Collection, this exhibition will allow visitors the opportunity to touch the sculptures…to see the pieces as the artist sees them. Hours are 10am-5pm Fri-Sat and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. Cost is $7-$10 per person for non-members and Free for members and children ages 12 and under . Phone: 770-387-1300 - Address: Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120
October
Amazing Grace 6th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival – 10/1/16 at 9am-4pm
Area artisans showcase jewelry, decorative arts, clothing, sculpture, and handmade household items. Music, food, and activities for kids all day long. All proceeds to Hi-Hope Service Center for adults with developmental disabilities. Free admission and parking. More info available at tisgrace.org or call. Phone: Tracie Crowe 770-381-1293 - Address: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 3305 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
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