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 was created to enrich lives and help build a vibrant community through the arts. OCAF maintains a vision to inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth through visual arts exhibitions, art education, cultural events, and community collaborations.

OCAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity.

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OCAF began in 1994 when a group of five individuals—Bob Marable, Peggy Holcomb, Lawrence Stueck, Jerry Chappelle, & Len Woodell (deceased)—had a vision to start an organization in Oconee County to highlight the arts. Since then OCAF has used resources derived from various events to promote the arts and local artists in not only Oconee County, but the Northeast Georgia region. In 1995 OCAF received its 501(c)(3) status, making it a not for profit arts charity.


In 1994 OCAF entered into an agreement with the Oconee Country Board of Education to lease a four-room schoolhouse, originally occupied in 1902. The building had been unused for 12 years and was in poor condition. With determination and sweat equity, OCAF volunteers repaired the building and planned for OCAF’s first major art exhibit to coincide with the 1996 Olympics. Since then the 1902 OCAF Art Center has become the hub of the Oconee County arts community—full of ongoing exhibits, concerts, performances, arts classes and special events for people of all ages.

In early 2000, OCAF assumed ownership of the 1902 building, along with the nearby kindergarten building (now the School Street Studios) and the old gym (Rocket Hall) from the Board of Education. Both new buildings also needed major repairs and renovations to be used at full capacity. By the fall of 2001, volunteers had transformed 50% of the kindergarten building into what is now known as the School Street Studios, which now houses a ceramic studio, artist studios, and classrooms that are used for OCAF classes and workshops as well as by the art program at UNG.

Facility Rentals

Looking for a space to host your next workshop, meeting, lecture, or special occasion?

OCAF has a variety of spaces available to rent out. Please contact our office for additional details.


  • 1902 center building
  • Main gallery
  • Members gallery
  • Hall gallery
  • Kitchen/meeting room
  • Sculpture garden
  • School Street Studios
  • Classrooms
  • Studios
  • Rocket Hall


La Ruchala Murphy
La Ruchala MurphyExecutive Director
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581
Sherry Woodruff
Sherry WoodruffOffice Administrator
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581

Board of Directors

Executive Board

John Kirschner

Chairman (Retired, Engineering and Construction – Johnson & Johnson)

Jay Duggan

Vice Chair (Planned Giving Specialist / Major Gift Officer)

Ryan Hammock
Treasurer (Business Banking, Wells Fargo Bank)

Bess Carter
Secretary (Art Educator, Oconee County Schools)

Board Members

Robert Elkins
Retired, Attorney

Jennifer Graff 
Associate Professor of Art, University of North Georgia

Scott Hodges
The Adsmith, Designer

Cyndee Moore
Executive Director UNG (Oconee campus)

Scott Pope
Artist / Owner of the Loft Art Supplies

Rosemary Stancil
Author, Retired Food Professional

Brock Toole
Chief Operations Officer – Oconee County Schools

Yvonne Studevan 
Artist, Retired Educator

Tommy Warren
Stadion Financial Management, Athens GA


OCAF is located in historic Watkinsville Georgia.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10am to 4pm

Physical Address

34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA, 30677


We appreciate the support of our sponsors.


Beverly & Edward Phares

John Quackenbush


Kathy Prescott & Grady Thrasher


Amrey & Debra Harden


Dr. Claire & Dr. Robert Clements

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