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Please Donate to OCAF's Capital Campaign

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Your tax deductible donation will help us to enhance our facilities and continue our mission of supporting art related programs for artists and residents of Georgia.

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The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation:

Office & Gallery Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday- Saturday

Large groups are welcome! After hours appointments available for gallery exhibits.

OCAF is located at 34 School Street in Historic Watkinsville Georgia.

Mission: The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. (OCAF) promotes cultural arts and artists, and provides art education to the citizens of Oconee County and the northeast Georgia area.

OCAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that is not supported by tax dollars of any kind. All of our programs are open to the public regardless of what county they live in. OCAF members receive valuable discounts on classes, workshops and special events. Although membership is suggested it is not required.

Current and Upcoming Events & Exhibits

All exhibition opening receptions are open to the public.

Click on the Event Title for more information

OCAF's 22nd Annual Holiday Market
Mark Your Calendars
Opening: Friday, December 2, 5pm to 8pm
Continues: Saturday & Sunday, Dec 3 & 4, 10am to 5pm
Please follow this link to help out by volunteering for this year's Holiday Market:

OCAF's Annual Artist Shoppe
Open during the Holiday Market (see above) 
Continues: Tuesday - Saturday,10am to 4pm, thru Dec 23

All OCAF members are invited to submit their original works for the shop.  For an Artist Shoppe application & submittal info click here. Not an OCAF Member? Click here for info on becoming a Member.


Mingle with Kringle

 Saturday, December 10, 2016

Session 1: 10 am to 12 noon
Session 2: 1 pm to 3pm

Mingle with Kringle, an OCAF holiday tradition, is a FUN filled and FANTASTIC day of entertainment for children!  Each session consists of a FREE photo with Kringle, festive storytelling, Holiday crafts, construction of the Peaceful Village, Story Time with Mrs. Klaus and an entertaining puppet show every child (and parent) will love.

Admission: An unwrapped toy or $2 donation for the Oconee County Resource Council's Christmas for children program. No one will be turned away.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration required.





Presented by:
Location: OCAF Main Gallery
Opening Reception: January 20, 2017, 6-8pm
Continues: Tuesday - Satuday, 10am-4pm thru February 17

The Southeast is home to some of the finest wood artists and craftsmen in the country.  OCAF is mounting a significant show featuring the works of over 35 of the region’s most talented woodworkers.  Furniture makers, wood turners, and fine artists will be displaying one-of-a-kind pieces made from exotic woods and veneers, reclaimed lumber, natural edge slabs, and even twigs and bark.

Exhibition curator: Abraham Tesser

To see representative works by our participating artists click here.

Exhibition Supporters

Presenting Sponsor

Highland Woodworking


Abraham and Carmen Tesser

New Urban Forestry

Silver Donors

Brooks & Elizabeth Mendell

Larry McDougald

Peach State Lumber Products





Quantum Continuum

Works by Denise Stewart-Sanabria

Location: OCAF Members Gallery

Opening Reception: January 20, 2017, 6-8pm

Continues: Tuesday - Satuday, 10am-4pm thru February 17

The concept behind “Quantum Continuum” involves the many theories given to the existence of many, or parallel worlds, both in the disciplines of Quantum Physics and Metaphysics.  They range from solid research that can deliver actual theory-proving data, to the more esoteric work of Lewis and Kripke, which has a tendency to sound like the conversation of a couple of 1960’s era grad students on acid.  Popular media occasionally tries to produce their own version of these theories, from an episode of “Lost in Space” that scared the pants off me when I was a kid by showing characters on the program walking into another world through a special mirror portal, to the recent tv series “Fringe”.  Whether any parts of these theories eventually prove to be true remains to be seen, but with further developments in the world of Quantum Physics, we are constantly reminded that the more we discover, the less we know.

                                                                     --- Denise Stewart-Sanbria



Athens Celebrated


Watercolors by Jackie Dorsey

Location: OCAF Hall Gallery

Opening Reception: January 20, 2017, 6-8pm

Continues: Tuesday - Satuday, 10am-4pm thru February 17

This exhibit is my homage to my adopted town of Athens.  I have lived in a lot of nice college towns over my lifetime and Athens stands out as one of the best.   The people, the music, the arts, community organizers and events, unique shops and restaurants, the university and the community activism make this town the gem that it is.

                                                                                  --- Jackie Dorsey


Art Classes & Workshops

Click Each Catergory Link Below for More Info.



 Coming Soon!
Designed to give students time to develop their skills and learn more about how to develop their own images. Students will have the opportunity to paint at their own level with personalized instruction. Knowledge of basic watercolor techniques required.

Watercolor Landscapes
Coming Soon!
Introduction to basic landscape painting techniques with focus on composition, light & perspective as well as specific tecniques to build strong landscapes.

Register Now! Make or Break deadline Dec 5.
January 2016! Workshop is designed for the participant who feels they want to spend serious time exploring & developing their own style; finding their unique voice & vision.
 Cameron Hampton Workshop Series:
New Workshops coming in October
Learn basic techniques, design & use of other materials to enhance &/or repair watercolor paintings. A fun & relaxed class! 

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.













Metal Work / Jewelry

Cuttlefish Casting Workshop 
With Barbara Mann   
Workshop has ended. Sign up on Wait List 
Learn the ancient technique of Cuttlebone casting! Barbara Mann, a renowned metal and jewelry artist and teacher extraordinaire, will provide students with the skills and inspiration to craft their own beautiful jewelry and other artistic objects. No experience needed!

Workshop has ended. Sign up on Wait List
Start a simple metal project or complete pieces you have already begun. Workshop will cover basics of metalwork as well as necessities for finishing a project such as making bails, clasps, ear wires & posts for earrings.No experience needed!

Button it Up w/ Sylvia Dawe
Class cancelled, Sign up on Wait List for future classes.
Come make your own one-of-a-kind buttons to add an extra special finishing touch to knitted/crochet items, cards/books/journals, clothing, tote bags, etc. The possibilities are endless! No experience needed.

Ceramic Beadmaking I
 Learn how to construct and glaze ceramic beads and how to make them into jewelry. Beadmaking I covers basic shapes. Beadmaking II covers advanced beads of various shapes and sizes. No pottery experience required!

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.

Paintin & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

With Robert Alan Black
Class Cancelled. Sign up on Wait List to be notified when re-scheduled.
Every one of us can draw & cartoon. Class is designed to help you create your own characters, panels & strips and capture your own humor in your drawings. Open to all skill levels & ages 9 to adult. 
New Workshops coming soon!
 In this unique series of one-day Saturday workshops Cameron offers instruction in a variety of mediums and techniques.

With Charles Warnock
Registration now open for January 2017!
Back by popular demand! Charles Warnock, provides individual assistance and advice on acrylics in this open studio format class.   
With Abner Cope
Class has ended. Sign up on Wait List
Open to all skill levels, class is designed to enhance skills in drawing portraits, which have a positive impact on portrait painting. Instruction will be based on demonstrations, discussions, & individual critiques.

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists. 

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Beyond Memoir
with Dana Wildsmith
Workshop has ended. Sign up on Wait List.  
Focus on the facts of your life to create stories, poems and essays which move beyond merely recording family stories. Suitable for writers of all levels.  

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.

Beginner to Intermediate Wheelthrowing
with Jenna Johnson
Class is full! Sign up on the Wait List to be notified of future classes
Learn the basics or improve & expand your wheel throwing & design techniques. Students will work at their own pace in this easy-going studio atmosphere.
Now Open for Registration!
 Have you wanted to try your hand at pottery but were a bit intimidated at the thought of wheelthrowing? Have you tried or mastered wheelthrowing and want to expand your skills into other forms of pottery building? This class might be just the thing for you!  
Pottery Open Studio
Open studio time is available for adults who have previous experience in OCAF ceramics classes or other ceramics studios. Days & hours: change from week to week.
Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists. 

With Jean Westmacott
Class cancelled. Sign up on Wait List for future classes. 
Beginning portrait sculpture class will introduce students to the forms, proportions and expressive possibilities in sculpting pet portraits out of clay. Students will work from photographs of their best friend - whether that's a cat, dog, horse or iguana.

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

with Scotty Gannon
Now Open for Registration!
Course will emphasize development of student's interpersonal communications and expression, introducing the student to fundamentals of acting & skills uilized in performance. 
With Dan Wilson
Classes are in session. Sign up on the Wait List for future classes. 
3 levels available:
  • Beginner: designed for teaching the basics of playing the bagpipes
  • Intermediate A: for students that have completed the Beginning Class or able to read music and are working on embellishments and basic tunes on the practice chanter.
  • Intermediate B: for students that have completed the Beginning Class and Intermediate Class A or have required skills and are ready to play the bagpipes.

Please be sure to check back as new classes & workshops will be added to our Art Education page in the coming weeks.