In 2013 the Art Center was named “Organization 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:  

Hello again! I can’t help but smile as I start to write about the Young Artists exhibit! Over 180 young people from kindergarten through high school are represented in this delightful show.  So much imagination and talent! I think I’m every bit as proud of them as their families and teachers must be.  And on that subject, congratulations to the parents and grandparents – and especially the teachers, public and private – who nurture all of those young imaginations.Nurturing young imaginations is one of the arts council’s most important responsibilities.  In our planning discussions, the board is focusing more and more on our role in supporting young people, not only through exhibits and our summer art camp, but also by seeking ways to work with schools in the arts. Arts education is important, not only for “artistic” students, but for developing creative and innovative skills that lead to future careers. The research has been around for a long time to tell us that art, music, and, yes, even dance and theatre actually change our brains, shaping our minds to imagine, problem-solve, innovate, and create. Becoming skilled in any of the arts requires the persistence, practice, and imagination needed to meet scientific or social challenges, to invent new technologies, to design better solutions.  It’s because of this that the STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in many school systems including Hart County, has become STEAM – and you know that A is for Arts!

On to other good things: don’t forget that this Friday (April 21st) is the spring Bailes-Cobb fashion luncheon. Ticket sales end Wednesday and will not be sold at the door, so go by Bailes-Cobb and get yours today!

Saturday we’ll be at the antique boat show at Hartwell Marina sponsoring “Paint-a-Boat” for children.  It’s free and promises to be delightfully messy.  Stop by and say hi!

Next Tuesday (April 25th) morning at 8:30 some of the board members will be cleaning up in the annex in preparation for the event described below.  If you’re free, we’d love your help.  If you’re free and can bring a shop vac, you’ll be even more welcome! This is just a surface clean-up job and should take no more than a couple of hours.

The evening of May 4 offers a double treat at The Art Center.  We’ll be hosting the opening reception for our pottery exhibit in the gallery. DDA and the Hart County Historical Society will conduct an architectural salvage sale next door in the annex.  Come by and pick up a piece of Hart County history. Both events will be from 6 to 8 pm.

See you at The Art Center!


  • Apr 22nd
    Free Drawing Class Every Friday

    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.

  • Apr 24th
    Chorus ~ Every Monday Evening at 5:00


    The newly formed Hart Community Chorus is preparing for two events, and we would welcome you as a new member to help us.

     Our first event is the Pre-Fourth where we have been asked to sing with the band before the fire works at Big Oaks  We’preparing three inspiring patriotic numbers and then plan to join the band for a medley of favorites for a community sing.  Secondly, we will be presenting a concert this fall at The Art Center and will get more information to you closer to that date.

     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.

  • Mar 30th
    Youth Exhibit
    Youth Exhibit – 3/30 to 4/22
    Open to all students grades 1-12. Public, Private or Home-schooled. Hart, Franklin, Stephens and Elbert counties.
     We believe that the arts are an essential part of every child’s education.  We’re committed to supporting schools and families in making fine arts experiences available and inviting.
    • The drop-off date is March 27th from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • An artist reception will be March 30th from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pick-up of work will be April 24th from 10 am till 5 pm.
  • Mar 21st
    The Sailboat Project Continues

    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.

    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


  • Apr 21st
    When Art Meets Fashion

    Bailes Cobb Spring Fashion Show at noon…

    We would like to offer you the opportunity to sell several small pieces of art by displaying them as table centerpieces.  Images up to 12×16, plus frame size would be appropriate and we’d like 3 to 6 pieces per artist.

    The Art Center’s commission on sales  would be the usual 25%.  Artwork would need to be delivered by April 19th.

     If you are interested in taking part in this fundraiser for the Art Center, kindly reply to the Art Center or to Debra Dubeau, thank you.

  • May 4th
    Pottery Exhibit
    Pottery Exhibit – 5/4 to 5/27

    The 2017 Pottery Show is a new show to the Art Center.  We are looking for   local potters to display some featured work that may or may not be for sale. This featured work must remain until the end of the show.  We do want you to display pots that are for sale and may be sold, removed and replenished.  You may bring a modest rack for that purpose.  The Art Center has tables that may be used for display. The following rules are for all submitted works.

    • Pottery not previously shown at the Art Center.
    • Featured pottery cannot be picked up before the close of the show.
    • If your work is offered for sale, the Art Center takes a 25% commission that benefits the Art Center programs.

    Pottery collectors: if you wish to display special and unique pots we welcome your submission.  These pots are not for sale, only original work may be sold.

    Artists: we need also need work to hang on the walls!  We are looking for photos, paintings and drawings that feature or reference pots in some way!

    The Art Center will make every effort to protect your work but cannot accept liability for loss or damage, entry in the show constitutes acceptance of this policy.

    If you are not currently a member of the Art Center, this would be a great venue to introduce yourself to the art community, the citizens of Hartwell and the surrounding cities that make up our membership.

    Pottery Show and Prospectus

    • The drop-off dates are April 25, 26 & 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • An artist reception will be May 4th from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pick-up of work will be May 28th from 10 am till 5 pm.
  • Jun 8th
    Juried Art Show
    Juried Art Show – 6/8 to 7/22
    • The drop-off dates are May 30-31 from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • An artist reception will be June 8th from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pick-up of work will be July 24th from 10 am till 5 pm.
  • Jul 10th
    Art Camp

    Art Camp will start July  10 – 14

    Please contact the Art Center for details.

  • Jul 17th
    Art Camp

    Art Camp will begin July 17 – 21

    Please contact the Art Center for details.

  • Aug 3rd
    Botanical Show
    Botanical Show – 8/3 to 8/26
    • The drop-off dates are July 25, 26 & 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • An artist reception will be August 3rd from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pick-up of work will be August 28 from 10 am till 5 pm.
  • Sep 7th
    Portrait/Figure Exhibit
    Portrait/Figure Exhibit – 9/7 to 10/21
    • The drop-off date is August 29 from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • An artist reception will be September 7 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pick-up of work will be October 22 from 10 am till 5 pm.
  • Oct 26th
    Sculpture Exhibit
    Sculpture Exhibit – 10/26 to 11/18
    • The drop-off date is October 23 from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • An artist reception will be October 26 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pick-up of work will be November 20 from 10 am till 5 pm.
  • Nov 30th
    Mistletoe Market
    Mistletoe Market – 11/30 – 12/16
    • Decorate dates November 21 & 22
    • Vendor drop off November 25, 26 & 27
    • Vendor pick up December 18th


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