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.

Vision

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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History

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.

Facilities

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 for rent.

FACILITY RENTAL

Staff

Wendy Cooper
Wendy CooperExecutive Director
Ph: (706) 769-4565 ext. 2
Fx: (888) 804-6581
director@ocaf.com
Sherry Woodruff
Sherry WoodruffOffice Administrator
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581
info@ocaf.com
Bobbi Johnson
Bobbi JohnsonEvent Manager
Ph: (706) 769-4565
Fx: (888) 804-6581
art@ocaf.com

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Dr. Cyndee Moore
(Chair)

Executive Director UNG (Oconee campus)

Brock Toole
(Vice-Chair)
Chief Operations Officer-Oconee County Schools

Ryan O. Hammock
(Treasurer)
Pinnacle Bank, Senior Vice President – Middle Market Manager

Dr. Debra Harden
(Secretary)
Educator, Debra Harden Consulting

Dr. Gary Adcox
(Member at Large)
UNG Director of Campus Success & Strategic Initiatives

Board Members

John Kirschner
(Retired, Engineering and Construction – Johnson & Johnson)

Jennifer Graff 
Associate Professor of Art, University of North Georgia

Mike Hamby
Business Owner and Publisher

Darius Johnson
College Educator

William (Billy) R. Rennie, Esq.
Attorney

Kate Windley
Artist and Educator

Delena Brockmann
Executive Director Of Operations at Piedmont Athens Regional – Oconee Health Campus

Betty Walton
Owner/Operator of Fox’s Pizza

Jim Norton
Artist

Visit

OCAF is located in historic Watkinsville Georgia.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10am to 4pm

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.

Sponsorships

SCHOOL STREET PATRON

GOLD PATRON

SILVER PATRON

BRONZE PATRON

Memberships

ASSOCIATE

Dennis & Carol Calbos
Sam & Mary Elliott

Michael & Joan Kovach
Bob Marable

Vickie & Maria Moody
John Quackenbush

Lawrence Stueck
& Kathleen McQuiston

BUSINESS

Cindy Karp Realty
Fintrust Capital Advisors
Norton Jewelry
Oconee County Tourism & Visitors Bureau
Oconee Natural Healthcare
Oconee State Bank
Pilot Club of Oconee County
Rotary Club of Oconee County
Very Good Puzzle

FRIEND

Dr. Cyndee Perdue Moore
Michael & Bonnie Dirr
Mary Safrai
Bri & Mary Pat Matheson
Nancy & Terry Boswell
Michael Pitts
Kathy Dixon
Becky & Phil Powell
John & Nita Haley
Marisa Pagnattaro, John Beasley &
Scott Beasley
Yvonne, Russell & Nicole Studevant
Nancy, Chris & Shirley Gilleland
Page Cummings
Jean & Daniel Moye
Dan & Sherry Sawyer
Patrick Boyle & Paula Ciembor

Todd Emily & Brandon Reinhart
Christine Langone
Joy Thomas Elder
Wayne, Frances & Christopher Garrison
Mary Lillie & Ray Watson
Sharon, Tom & Jonathan Milton
Larry & Cynthia Jordan
Eadaoin Waller
Meredith Lachin & John-Ashley Reese
G’Anne Thomas-Johnson
Bob & Jan Miller Elkins
Martha Moore & Keith Noerenberg
Judy Bolton Jarrett
Kemp Mooney
Sue Goldstein & Beth Richardson
John & Audrone Kirschner
Brad & Vera Tucker

Gayle & Raymond Noblet
Edward & Josie dePeterse
Dianne & J. L. Wright
Jim & Sylvia Dawe
Karen & Robert Salamone
Helene Schwartz
Barbara Allen & James Gaither
Joy & Douglas Peterson
Alice & Ann Woodruff
Jim & Lane Norton
Peggy Martin & Gary Adams
Polly Wells
Patti & Jim Jordan
Vickie Vipperman
Trina & Mark Von Waldner

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