The Art Center is one of the  “Organizations of the Year”  by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. There are so many workers and past board members that deserve this honor and we applaud you all. Please stop by the Center and see the award that we are so proud to have won.  We have some exciting events on our  calendar and hope there is something that will appeal to all of you. If not, stay tuned. Several other things are in the works. As always, thank you for your support and please spread the word. We continue to welcome new members and you are our best ambassadors.


Notes From the President:

My nine-year-old granddaughter decreed, “No Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.”  Therefore, I spent Black Friday helping the children decorate the tree and walking down the road to feed our neighbors’ goats.  Shopping, schmopping!  These days are too precious to spend standing in lines!

Meanwhile, The Art Center is being transformed into its annual holiday identity as the Mistletoe Market.  I can’t wait to see this year’s window display and all of the treasures inside. As usual, our good and faithful volunteers will be working at the market beginning next Thursday. Thank you all!

This year, we’ve added a pre-opening reception and sale for arts council members  (details below). There will also be a raffle during the market. Tickets will be on sale throughout the sale, and one item will be raffled off at the end of each day during the last week.

The Sailboat Project with Leadership Hart continues. In addition to the completed sailboat for The Art Center, three others have been purchased and assigned to artist volunteers.  If you know of a business or organization that would be interested in purchasing a sailboat, please contact Henley Cleary at the DDA office.

Our next exhibit, the annual member show, will open in January. The prospectus is now available. Artists may also display prints that are matted and prepared for sale, provided that you bring your own bins for display. These pieces will be registered along with works you submit for the exhibit.

Thanks to the efforts of Maureen DeLoach, the arts council has received a $10,000 grant from the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation for our music program. Along with support for the community chorus, including risers and sound equipment, the grant has permitted much-needed renovation of The Art Center’s piano.

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start and keeps getting happier!

See you at The Art Center


  • January 4 - February 24
    2018 Member's Exhibit

    2018 Members’ Exhibit

    Hart Regional Arts Council invites our members to participate in the annual Members’ Exhibit at The Art
    Center. We look forward to seeing the newest works created by our members.
    Please read the details below carefully, as some of our procedures have been modified. If you are not
    currently a member of the arts council, or if your membership has lapsed, we invite you to renew or
    become a new member in order to participate in the exhibit. Membership forms will be available on
    intake days.
    Intake:………..,…………..…………………….Tuesday, January 2, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Exhibit Duration:………………………………………………….……January 4 – February 24
    Opening Reception:……………………………………………….………Thursday, January 11
    Pick-up:……………………………………………….. Sunday, February 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
    Monday, February 26, 10: AM – 1:00 PM
    1. All entered work must be original and not previously shown in a Hart Regional Arts Council exhibit.
    2. Work may be two- or three-dimensional.
    3. Submissions to the exhibit will be selected for display at the discretion of the exhibit curator and/or
    program chair. Submissions from each artist may be limited to three (3) in the event of space restrictions.
    4. All pieces of art that are accepted must remain on display until the close of the exhibit.
    5. Work to be hung must be framed and securely wired for hanging. Work not properly prepared for display
    will not be accepted.
    6. Works on display may be sold only through The Art Center and will be considered to be available for sale
    unless “Not For Sale” (NFS) is specified on the entry card. The Art Center prefers that entries be for sale.
    “Price on Request” (POR’s) will not be accepted. 25% of the sale price will be retained as a donation to
    benefit Hart Regional Arts Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
    7. LIABILITY: The Art Center cannot accept responsibility for work entered in this exhibit. Your acceptance of
    this policy is required for entry.

  • Lessons: January 21st, 28th, and February 4th, and 11th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dinner Dance: February 25th 6-8:30 p.m.
    Cotillion Crash Course for Ninth through Twelfth Grade Students

    Dear Student and Parent:

    Welcome to The Crash Course presented by The Cotillion Group. In these classes you will have fun while learning the dances of today and yesterday.

    In this program, emphasis is placed on the dances you will do at school and church parties, such as the various free style dances, the Shag, the Swing, and the slow dances. The traditional ballroom steps will be taught as well. There will be a Dinner Dance on the final session.

    You will lean some important manners that will make you feel more comfortable and confident in all social situations you face now as you are growing up. So convinced of the value of these classes, we offer you your full money back if, for whatever reason, you are not happy with the first class.

    We realize that it is difficult to find a day in our week to add an extra activity. The confidence you gain in these classes, however, will sustain you for the rest of your lives!

    Please mail your check with the attached Cotillion Registration Form. Class size is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis. We strive to maintain a balanced girl/boy ratio. Bring a boyfriend or girlfriend!

    We look forward to seeing you in our class!


    Tammy Hutchinson and Staff


  • March 3 - April 7th
    Youth Artist Exhibit
  • April 14 - June 2
    Photography Exhibit
  • June 14 - August 4
    Juried Art Show
  • Every Monday Evening at 5:00p.m.
    Community Chorus


    If you love singing four part harmony, we hope you will join us on Monday nights from 5-6. We start and end punctually.  An hour of singing with the chorus provides many untold hours of pleasure. You’ll find yourself humming and singing all week.  Singing is also good for your health and good for the community!  if singing is your “thing” and you love four part harmony, please join us on Monday nights at The Art Center. We can use your voice! Call 706-377-2322  for more information.

  • Every Friday - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Free Drawing Class

    Drawing Guild

    Our Friday drawing group at the Art Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  We will be viewing the Great Courses program, How To Draw.  There are 36 30-minute lectures by Professor David Brody of the University of Washington.  We will decide as a group how many lectures to listen to at any one time, to allow time for discussion, practice, etc.

    Pack a lunch and your drawing materials…different types of pencils, scrap paper, sharpeners, etc.  Leave your inner critic at home and come out to play and have some fun.  There is no charge for the lectures.

  • on going
    Sail Boat Project

    The Sailboat Project

    Although the initial deadline has passed, we will continue to accept designs in order for the project to go forward. Please consider submitting a proposal.

    Please stop by and see the first completed boat in our window. Thank you Michael England for such a beautiful design!

    Although the initial deadline has passed, we will continue to accept designs in order for the project to go forward. Please consider submitting a proposal.

    Leadership Hart and Hart Regional Arts Council announce The Sailboat Project, a collection of public art installations to reflect Hart County’s fortunate blend of good times and good neighbors.  Sailboat statues, adorned with the imaginative designs of local artists, will be installed around the community.  Purchased by local groups and individuals, they will also provide funding support to The Art Center.

    Sailboat Prospectus


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