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:

First the good news – We’re excited to welcome three new board members this month.  Barbara Cronic, Michael England, and Carolyn Hoops were elected to the board at our annual membership meeting in June. All three arrive bearing impressive resumes and great enthusiasm for the arts council.

More good news-art camp is underway. Tables full of bright colored projects, pens and markers, paper and scissors, indicate that young artists are at work. It’s such a pleasure to know that we’re following our mission to bring the arts to young people.

The community chorus concert during the Pre-Fourth celebration drew a large and very appreciative crowd, many of whom (including me) enjoyed the chance to sing along!  The patriotic music and their terrific voices earned lots of applause and a standing ovation.  I’m happy to report that they will be back in September to perform again at The Art Center.

I’m trying to avoid the bad news, but here it is: we didn’t get the Georgia Council for the Arts grant for which we applied. We did, however, receive excellent and encouraging feedback, and the board is determined to try again next year. We’re planning a work session later this month to adjust our budget and set our priorities for reaching the goals we’ve set.

Coming up the first week of August: the opening reception for our next exhibit, “A Year in the Garden,” will be Thursday, August 3, 6:00-8:00 pm. Details about the exhibit and accompanying events appear elsewhere in the newsletter.  We’re really looking forward to sharing this celebration with the Friends of the Hart County Botanical Garden. Plan to sign up for at least one of the activities while you’re enjoying the exhibit at the opening reception.  There will also be signup available for a November bus trip to Gibbs Garden. More details provided at the sign up.

Two days later, on Saturday, August 5, we’ll be having fun at the First Saturday celebration on Depot Street. The arts council is co-sponsor with the DDA and will share the profits. Come out for a good time and support your arts council!

Hope to see you there and, as always, see you at The Art Center!

  • Every Monday Evening at 5:00p.m.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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.

    Entry Form:


    About the Juror

    M. Deborah Hartley, is the owner of The Studio and Frame Shop in Toccoa, GA.  For thirty-three years Deborah has marketed and featured local and regional artists in her studio.  She also teaches Art Classes.  Educated at Georgia Southern University and University of Georgia, she holds a BS degree in Art Education and has credits towards a Masters Degree.  Deeply involved in the community, Deborah is Vice President of Currahee Artists’ Guild and has chaired the Curahee Arts & Crafts Festival.

  • Jul 10th
    Art Camp

    Art Camp will start July  10 – 14

    Paper Magic Art Camp 2017

    Art Camp Registration 2017

    Please contact the Art Center for additional details.

  • Jul 17th
    Art Camp

    Art Camp will begin July 17 – 21

    Paper Magic Art Camp 2017

    Art Camp Registration 2017

    Please contact the Art Center for additional details.

  • Jul 24th
    Ninth through Twelfth Grade Crash Cotillion Course

    Ninth through Twelfth Grade Crash Cotillion Course

    Dear Students and Parents:

    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 slow dances. The traditional ballroom steps will be taught as well. There will be a party with refreshments and prizes on the final session.

    You will also learn 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 in your summer schedule 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 your registration form, available at the Art Center. Classes are 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.

    Subscription is $75.00 per student inclusive. Please make checks payable to the Hart County Art Center.

    Ninth and Twelfth Grade Students

    Monday through Friday

    July 24th – 28th

    3-5:00 p.m.

    At the Hartwell Art Center

    Skirts and Flats for girls

    Slacks and collared shirts for men

    for more information, view our website:

    Please call Tammy Hutchinson, Instructor, if you have any questions, 404-580-8787.

  • Jul 27th
    A Year in the Garden
    A Year in the Garden – 7/27 to 9/5
    The Hart County Botanical Garden and the Hart Regional Arts Council announce “A Year in the Garden” exhibit, workshops, tours and events.
    It’s a beautiful arrangement between two of Hart County’s cultural non-profits! The Art Center exhibit will have paintings, photographs, drawings and other media exploring the beauty of gardens. Also, creative floral arrangements will be in the Art Center each week from local professionals. Workshops and tours are scheduled for the Botanical Garden. This is a summer experience for the whole family!
    • Intake — Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Exhibit duration — July 27 – Sept. 2
    • Pickup — Tuesday, Sept. 5, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Aug 5th
    A Year in the Garden

    9:00a- 10:30 HCBG Pavilion – PHOTOGRAPHY: Tips for Getting photos in the Garden – Kate Kirby and Nancy Lyle – bring any kind of camera (phone included) and view a short demonstration of how to turn shots in the garden from “blah to lovely.” We’ll travel out into the garden and share with each other what you discover. (Rain date Aug 19)

  • Aug 17th
    A Year in the Garden
    Thursday, 11:00a-12:00 Art Center. “How did you do that?” Pam Carroll will do a demonstration of flower arranging for home and special occasions.
  • Aug 19th
    Year in the Garden

    Saturday, 10:00a-11:30 HCBG Pavilion – Children’s Activity with Luanne Burgess “”Ugly Bug Ball.”  A hands-on learning experience featuring bugs, worms, and caterpillars. Learn about them, meet some, and make crafts to take home as you enjoy an unusual snack. Open to ages 6-9 Cost $5

  • Aug 26th
    A Year in the Garden
    Saturday, 10:00a-11:00 HCBG Pavilion – A Make and Take Demonstration of Dish Gardens by Gretchen Torrence –  12″ succulent bowls for $12 each. Price includes all materials.  Each attendee will need to bring gloves and a trowel.
  • Sep 7th
    Human Form Show
    Human Form Show – 9/7 to 10/21
    • Intake — Tuesday, Sept. 5, 11:00 – 6:00 pm
    • An artist reception will be September 7 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
    • Pickup — Monday, Oct. 23, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Oct 26th
    Sculpture Exhibit
    Sculpture Exhibit – 10/26 to 11/18
    • The drop-off date is October 23 from 11 am to 6pm.
    • 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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