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Annual Exhibit Schedule

January through December 2014

The 1902 OCAF Art Center includes two Gallery Exhibit spaces, Main Gallery and Members' Gallery, where the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation hosts 10-12 exhibits annually on a rotating schedule.

Exhibits and Opening Receptions are free and open to the Public

OCAF Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm



The Main Gallery, a converted school auditorium, provides 2,000 sq ft of unobstructed level floor space.



A Black History Month Exhibit

January 24 – February 21 , 2014

Painter, potter, printmaker, photographer, or any other form of artwork are the mediums by which artists express ideas, feelings, and other important events that have had an influence on their lives. This exhibit celebrates a rich cultural heritage in a wide diversity of artwork. Once again, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to sponsor and support the African-American artists in this exhibit. 



Oconee County Schools

February 28 – March 27 , 2014

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to host this exhibition which celebrates the artistic talent of so many young artists in Oconee County. This exhibition features artworks of Oconee County public and private school children from grades K—12.




April 11 – May 9, 2014

The 2014 Southworks Juried Art Exhibition is a national juried art exhibition that OCAF has been holding for years. Since its inception, it has been one of the premier art exhibitions in the region as it brings in several hundred applications from talented artists across the nation. All the exhibit entries are judged in an anonymous fashion by the juror. This process requires each piece of artwork to be accepted or denied based solely upon the level of quality each piece exhibits in relation to the other entries.



May 30 - July 11, 2014

All OCAF members 16 and older are encouraged to enter their artwork in our Annual Members’ Exhibition regardless their skill level. Every OCAF Member in good standing may submit up to 3 pieces they’ve created for the exhibit. Each member is assured that at least one piece will be accepted for the exhibit, making it a great opportunity for members to have their work up in our main gallery as a benefit of membership.



Juried Exhibition & Sale

October 10  – November 14, 2014

Reception: Friday, October 10, 6-8 PM

Georgia Small Works show will provide a visual forum for both established and undiscovered artists working in small a format. This juried exhibit will include artworks in every medium imaginable in 2-D & 3-D. This exhibit, held for the first time at OCAF in 2013, will offer an opportunity to see in one place hundreds of artworks from all over Georgia.



The Members' Gallery, a converted classroom, provides a more intimate space with 700+ sq. ft of floor space. Both gallery spaces feature 10' h. windows and 13' ceiling.


THE OCAF STORY - the first 20 years

January 11 – January 31, 2014

A visual story... where volunteers had a dream, renovated decaying buildings, and, primarily through self-earned funding and hard work, created a cultural center for Oconee County and Georgia. We believe it will inspire and show that together something extraordinary can be created! 


A MEETING OF THE MINDS: Artwork by University of North Georgia Students

February 21 - March 28, 2014

For an artist, the creation of art is exciting, new and dynamic, and never more so than when attending college. In that environment boundaries are pushed, knowledge is expanded, and ideas are transformed into works of art. This exhibition showcases the talents of the art students from the University of North Georgia, one of OCAF's Sponsor organizations. Come to the reception and meet these aspiring artists and experience the sharing of ideas and concepts through their artwork.




April 11 – May 9, 2014

SOUTHWORKS: DIRECTORS CHOICE EXHIBIT features prominent artists on the cutting edge of current art venues. This year the Director’s Choice showcased selected works by Ron Myers and Rich Panico.

Athens resident Ron Meyers is an internationally known artist whose work is collected in the United States and abroad. For twenty-years Meyers educated and influenced young artists at the University of Georgia where he retired as Professor Emeritus. Known for his casual forms and lively, pictorial approach in creating utilitarian pottery, each of Meyers’ pieces is imbued with a unique perspective.

Rich Panico trained at Callenwolde in the 70’s and has been a studio potter for 38 years. After the discovery of a small, Neolithic hawk effigy bowl in the early 90’s his focus has been animal effigy pots.  Known for his extensive sketch books, in 2003 Panico began to draw and paint birds and animals in pastel to augment his ceramic work. He is also a physician and a practitioner of meditation and classical yoga.


OUTWARD BOUND by Audrone Kirschner

May 30 – July 11, 2014

Reception: Friday, May 30, 6-8 PM

The exhibit, through various mediums, features invasive 'beauties' that are continuously outward bound with no regards for borders and in time manifest into vegetative 'beasts'. Through this awareness, restraint, removal and more selective plantings, these invasives can be curtailed.

Ms. Kirschner trained in architecture at Pratt and painting at the Art Students League, NYC. She also studied painting at the Atlanta School of Art under Carla Hause. She is a long-time OCAF member and an active volunteer with many of our events.



October 10  – November 14, 2014

Reception: Friday, October 10, 6-8 PM

Manda McKay, a medical and veterinary illustrator turned painter living in Athens,  is new to the fine art world. However,  her paintings have been displayed in numerous solo and juried exhibitions in the Southeast and in 2013, she won Best in Show in the Southworks juried exhibition. Her artwork has appeared on album covers for local bands, which is practically a requirement for an Athens artist.

A love of nature is evident in her subject matter. Feathers, shells, bones, fruit, and flowers are arranged in bold, simple compositions. The influence of her former profession can be seen in her realistic technique, but unlike medical illustrations, her paintings are meant to persuade rather than inform.

"I paint with an ulterior motive," she says.

"My still lifes highlight humanitarian concerns by combining natural objects into suggestive new forms. Various items become shorthand for provocative concepts.

I hope to express both ferocity and fragility, with my outrage softened by playfulness. To protest injustice through satire is exciting to me."

OCAF Off-Campus Exhibits



July 19 – July 29, 2014 (Mon thru  Fri, 8 AM - 4 PM)

Reception: Saturday, July 19, 10AM to 12 Noon

Oconee County Senior Center at Veterans Park
3500-B Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville

The Summer Camp Exhibit is intended to give the budding artists who attended our camps a venue for display that is equal to any given to all the artists that OCAF supports. The children get to see their work in a clean, well lit space that shows off their creations in the best possible light.


Please check back for updated information as the year progresses.