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:  

So much to talk about this month! It’s a busy and exciting time. First, thank you to all of our new members and to all of you faithful ones who have remembered to renew your membership for 2017. On that subject, thanks also to Bonne Olsen, who has almost single-handedly run our annual membership drive. If you haven’t renewed yet, those reminders you’re receiving are coming from her.


Speaking of volunteers, nearly twenty of you showed up on a drizzly, cold Saturday morning in January for demolition duty in the new building. I never knew so much dirty work could be accomplished in just three hours. It was amazing. Thank you!


In partnership with Leadership Hart, we’ve begun The Sailboat Project, which will provide public art – brightly colored sailboats – around the community. The project benefits The Art Center, so I hope many of you artists will want to be involved.  Detailed information is attached to this month’s newsletter and is also available at The Art Center and at Twelve South Gallery.


Our black and white photography exhibit opened this week. Of course, we live in a world of phone cameras and computer graphics, saturated in color; but seeing things in black and white, through a photographer’s eyes, can change one’s perspective and challenge the imagination. Don’t miss it!


Coming up in March is a very special event: the Athens Flute Choir will present a concert at The Art Center on Sunday, March 19, at 3:00 pm. We’re excited to be able to arrange for the return engagement of this remarkable ensemble.


The prospectus for our youth art exhibit, coming up in April, is now available. We’ve changed some things this year. It will be an open exhibit for young people in grades one through twelve. While spotlighting art produced in Hart County’s schools, we hope to include all young artists who would like to exhibit their work.


Meanwhile, your board has begun work on the budget for fiscal 2018 and is beginning to address some of the initiatives in our strategic plan.  You’ll be hearing more on that later. Please remember that your ideas and suggestions matter, and that you are always welcome to attend board meetings the second Tuesday of each month.


See you at The Art Center!


  • Mar 25th
    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.

  • Mar 20th
    Chorus ~ Every Monday Evening at 5:00


    What is the purpose in a Community Chorus?
    To provide adult singers (18 and older) in the community with an opportunity to sing a combination of secular and patriotic music on a weekly basis. A community chorus provides an additional opportunity for those already involved in a church choir to enjoy a second musical activity for the week.

    Who is initiating this effort?
    The Hart County Community Chorus is an affiliate of The Art Center, which provides access and educational activities to all of our community. We want to invite all singers who love four part harmony to participate. Some music may be done a cappella or with an instrumental ensemble.

    Who is invited:
    All of those over 18 who are able to sing four part harmony, do some sight reading and who are willing to share their talents with us.

    When does it meet?
    Regular Monday night rehearsals are held at 5:00 on Monday evenings. We hope to see you there.

    Our contact person is Maureen DeLoach at

  • Feb 16th
    Black and White Photography Exhibit

    The Black and White Photography Exhibit

    The 2017 Photography Show is open to all photographers in the three County area. As we add new members and grow as an organization, so will the amount of submissions by our artists. We are asking that a maximum of three works be submitted.

    The following rules are for all submitted works:

    * All work must be Black & White or Sepia – no color prints for this show!

    * Work not previously shown at the Art Center.
    * Work to be hung must be matted, framed & ready to be hung. Picture wire is the preferred method.
    * Work 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.
    * The Art Center reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any artwork for promotional purposes. The copyright remains with the artist.
    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 Photography Guild, this would be a great venue to join our group that meets the third Monday of every month at 7:00pm in the Art Center.
    Important Dates:

    • Drop off is February 14th from 10am till 5pm.
    • An artist reception will be February 16th from 6:00 till 8:00pm.
    • Pick up of work will be March 26th from 10am till 5pm.
  • Mar 19th
    Athens Flute Choir

    March 19 – Athens Flute Choir  3:00 pm

    The Athens Flute Choir has delighted audiences since 2009 with performances in Athens and Northeast Georgia. The ensemble features many members of the flute family including piccolo, C flute, alto flute, and bass flute, in addition to outstanding guest artists. The Athens Flute Choir presents a variety of classical and contemporary music as well as original works for flute choir.

  • 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

    The Sailboat Project

    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.We need your talent and creativity – we need YOU. Please consider volunteering to paint a sailboat.

    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 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.
  • 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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