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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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OCAF Seeking an Executive Director

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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.

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Members Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: June 2 - July 7

Always an OCAF favorite, the exhibit is comprised of a diverse display of art created by OCAF members including sculpture, paintings, drawings, textiles, jewelry, pottery, photography and more. All OCAF members, including our Youth members, are encouraged to submit work and are guaranteed at least one piece will be included in the exhibit.





OCAF Annual Members Meeting

Date: Friday, July 14, 5:30pm

Location: Main Gallery, 1902 OCAF Center

OCAF Members - Please join us for our annual members meeting. Beer and wine mixer at 5:30pm in the Main Gallery followed by dinner and program at 6:00pm. Program to include the recognition of OCAF's Volunteer of the Year and the introduction of members of the OCAF Board of Directors. Refreshments and dinner provided at no charge. OCAF Members will receive an email invitation in July. RSVP required.


Opening Gala: Friday, August 25, 6pm to 9pm                  $20 Admission includes food, beverages, music, and 1st chance to shop for pottery! Free parking.

Continues Daily: August 26 - September 13, 2017
Free admission & free parking.
New in 2017: Fully Air Conditioned Rocket Hall
& Late Night Shopping on Fridays until 8pm

Art Classes & Workshops

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Sapelo Island Photography Workshop
Registration Open for November 2017!
In this 4 day workshop, accomplished Photographer Karekin Goekjian will instruct students in night photography & nature photography on beautiful Sapelo Island! Accommodations & most meals included.




Watercolor: Painting Values & Color
Sept 2017 Class Now Open for Registration 
Explores how to use value contrasts & color mixtures. Includes daily demonstrations, time to practice new skills and lots of individual help from Kie.

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Learn basic techniques, design & use of other materials to enhance &/or repair watercolor paintings. A fun & relaxed class! 

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Metal Work / Jewelry

Instructor: Sylvia Dawe
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Do you love found object jewelry or have your own little treasures you would love to make into jewelry? This is the class for you! Basic jewelry and metalsmithing techniques will also be covered so workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.No experience required.
Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.

Paper Making & Book Making

with Margot Ecke
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This four hour workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of custom box construction!  Your hand-made Wee Box will provide a wonderful way to display that small treasure you otherwise keep tucked away in some safe place or can stand-alone as a work of art all on its own.










Painting & Drawing

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In this unique series of one-day Saturday workshops Cameron offers instruction in a variety of mediums and techniques.

With Charles Warnock
August 2017 Session now open for Registration!
 Back by popular demand! Charles Warnock, provides individual assistance and advice on acrylics in this open studio format class. This class is intended for students with painting experience.  

With Abner Cope
October 2017 Session now open for Registration!
Class is designed to help artists enhance their skills in painting portraits. All skill levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcomed. While painting from the live model, artists will employ various techniques for developing accurate proportions, and the proper placement of the model on the canvas. Participants will receive instructions on starting the portrait with a solid structural drawing done in monochromatic lines and tones on a stained canvas.

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literary typewriter


August 2017 Session now open for Registration!
You've started telling your story, but now you're lost in the murky woods of plot and character? This class will help demystify plot strategies, character development, creating scenes and descriptive writing through discussion of participants' work, examples from established authors and some in-class writing activities.

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Beginner to Intermediate Wheelthrowing
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Learn the basics or improve & expand your wheel throwing & design techniques. Students will work at their own pace in this easy-going studio atmosphere.

 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.
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With Jean Westmacott
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 This is a beginning portrait sculpture class to introduce students to the forms, proportions and expressive possibilities in shaping the human head. No previous experience is necessary.

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Performing Arts


Performing Arts

with Scotty Gannon
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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
Summer Class in Session
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.

This four-hour workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of box construction! Your hand-made Wee Box will provide a wonderful way to display that small treasure you otherwise keep tucked away in some safe place or will stand-alone as a work-of-art all on its own.