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.

Become an OCAF Member


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

OCAF is a unique venue to host wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, private or corporate meetings, workshops or your next holiday soiree. Several spaces are available for rental, including our 2,000 square foot Main Gallery, the Sculpture Garden, and the 750 square foot Members Gallery.  Spaces can be combined for larger celebrations with an indoor-outdoor feel. This historic building in downtown Watkinsville, GA boasts beautiful, exposed brick walls that frame floor to ceiling windows.  Please click below for additional information.



Paul Clark
Paul ClarkInterim Executive Director
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581
Tammy Mize
Tammy MizeOffice Administrator
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581
Ashley Watson
Ashley WatsonArt Gallery Preparator
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581
Lou RexEvent Manager
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Brock Toole
Business Owner

Abbey Duhe

John Quackenbush

Board Members

Kathie Anderson

Rob Farley

Judy Marable

Vicky Moody

Jim Norton

Lawrence Stueck

Eadaoin Waller

Betty Walton
Owner/Operator of Fox’s Pizza

Paula Williams

Sherry Woodruff


OCAF is located in historic Watkinsville Georgia.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Physical Address

34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA, 30677

A heartfelt thank you to Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) contributors!

OCAF appreciates our supporters and would like to acknowledge memberships at the $100 level or higher this calendar year.




Sarajane Love



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