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Visual Arts Collective obtains first gallery
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
August 14, 2012 04:06 PM | 1422 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston <br>
Visual Arts of Henry artist Brandi Hickman with some of the artwork on display.
Staff / Joe Livingston
Visual Arts of Henry artist Brandi Hickman with some of the artwork on display.
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Although Visual Arts Collective of Henry County has been in the community since 1993, the organization just procured their first gallery and meeting space in April.

The venue is at 3846 Georgia 42 in Locust Grove and currently houses creations from the 30 active members, ranging from paintings to stained glassware.

Vice President Brandi Hickman said part of the reason the group has continued to thrive all these years is personal invitation.

“A lot of it is word of mouth,” she said. “[The purpose of the Visual Arts Collective] is to bring recognition and support to the many talented visual artists in the community.”

Hickman said another aspect of the group that she appreciates is the diversity of members.

“A lot of the members are artists, but some of the members are just people who support art,” she said. “We have a lot of different artists — those who make stained glass creations, authors, painters. It’s a cool group.”

Before Visual Arts Collective obtained a space to display members’ work and have their monthly meetings, they met at the Henry County Library.

Hickman said she thinks the new location will give the group more visibility.

Throughout the year, the organization hosts seasonally themed events. In October, pumpkins are painted and displayed through the county. Christmas brings an annual Christmas with the Arts show at the Performing Arts Center.

As the group looks toward it future, however, there are certain goals in mind.

One of them being to beef up membership.

“We’re working on getting our membership up,” President Carolyn Fuller said. “They are about 64 people on our email list who are artists in the county. For one reason or another, some of them haven’t been able to participate.”

Fuller also said there might be room for the members of the group to spread the wealth to fellow community members.

“We’re looking at maybe offering some classes to homeschoolers,” said Fuller. “I’ve got a couple people who teach stained glass techniques and one that does a lot of work with pastels, which is good for kids.”

For community members who are interested in joining Visual Arts Collective of Henry County, the membership fee is $25. Entire families can pay a flat fee of $30.

The organization holds meetings every last Thursday of the month.
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August 16, 2012
Nice article Brandie and Carolyn, way to go...

Karen Casciani
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