Artist Guild

The Colquitt County Arts Center has developed a new category of membership just for all you artists out there. We want to support you in your artists endeavors and help you share your art with others.

Your annual $45 Artists Guild Membership provides you with

  • Headshot and profile on webpage
  • Artists spotlight on social media
  • Complimentary space at Artoberfest
  • Invitation to participate in Christmas Shoppe
  • Opportunity to participate in Guild Exhibit(s)
  • Newsletter via email and social media updates
  • Invitations to select exhibit openings and events
  • Colquitt County Arts Center Decal

Come by the Arts Center today to sign up for an Artist Guild Membership, We look forward to seeing you real soon-where creativity finds community.

Hello Artist Guild Members!

The Colquitt County Arts Center is excited to present an exhibit opportunity offered exclusively to
the members of our Artist Guild! Due to a change in our Vereen Gallery exhibition schedule, we
now have a four week period open to display your work! The Artist Guild Showcase will be on
display from April 5th – April 27th, 2018 with an opening reception from 6-8 PM on the evening of
April 5th. The Showcase is open to TWO DIMENSIONAL works including painting, drawing,
printmaking, collage, photography, papermaking, etc. and THREE DIMENSIONAL works including
sculpture, ceramic, blown glass, carved and turned wood, etc. There is no registration fee to
participate! Works should be dropped off to the Arts Center no later than March 30th, 2018, and
should be accompanied by an Artist Guild Showcase Submission Form. It is not required
that pieces entered be for sale, however any pieces that are entered for sale should be
priced reasonably. 100% All proceeds of sales will go to the artist.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me at the Arts Center at
229.985.1922 or email me at

Artist Guild Showcase Submission Form

Our Members

Thomas W. Bishop, Jr.
Tom was encouraged to try painting with acrylics by John Dye, art director of University Christian High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Tom and his wife Jenny, moved to Moultrie in June of 2012.  They are active in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Colquitt County.   In Moultrie, Tom met his current art teacher Sally Shovar Byers in March 2015 at the YMCA.  Sally introduced Tom to sketching at Shovar Studio and invited him to join her adult art class at the Colquitt County Art Center.  Sally Shovar then introduce Tom to painting with oils.   Today Tom continues to be amazed at the beauty of oil as a medium and continues to learn as a student at the Art Center and at Shovar Studios.



Alex Newton
Alex is a primarily self- taught artist who painted for herself and family for 15 years. When people came into her home they would ask to purchase her art. Finally, Alex decided to paint for the public in the fall of 2016. However, she admits she often has trouble parting with her art because it is so personal, and she is attached to each piece. She paints oil on canvas and loves pops of color hanging on the wall and brightening every space. She especially loves when people study her art and find hidden objects. Listening to others interpret her art is one of her favorite parts of the whole process.




Walter Hobbs
“When one combines the educational training of an art instructor and the professional development of a ceramics career oriented person, you are presented with a potter that is always evolving and researching new ways to express himself. Whether it be forms, glazes, firing processes, textures or uses, I have always pushed myself to take what I am doing today and use it as a basis for what it may become tomorrow. This approach allows my work to continue to be challenging, and thus rewarding to myself and by collectors” – Walter Hobbs, The Potter.





Kim Yarbrough
Kim Yarbrough is the Program and Education Director for the Colquitt County Arts Center. She holds a BFA in Art and higher degrees in special education. She has been drawing and painting her whole life and continues to create mixed media paintings with wax, tar, found materials, and various types of paint. In the past year, she become interested in resin art and began making resin jewelry. She creates one of a kind pendants and rings, which can be purchased at the Colquitt County Arts Center Christmas Shoppe or can be commissioned by emailing


Anna Carlton
Anna Carlton grew up surrounded by a mother who was an amatuer painter and an aunt and uncle who were well-known artists. After graduating with a degree in art education from the University of Georgia, she began teaching middle school while continuing to work on three-dimensional art. Her work included basket-making, pottery, printmaking, clay and paper-mache sculpture masks, as well collages and painting. She taught art to all ages for the last 50 years.

Several years ago she had several cervical spinal surgeries that made her more anxious than ever to do art. In an effort to find a way to express herself, she studied watercolor with Joe McFadden at the Florida Art Center and Gallery in Havana, FL. She soon fell in love with the medium and found a new approach to the world of creativity.

Carlton has been fortunate to travel and study with several top U.S. watercolorists. Her paintings are influenced from the special techniques of each, plus a lifetime being a visual person with her interpretation  which is expressed in her painting at home everyday.

Her work has been exhibited in over 100 regional one-man and group shows, including the Tallahassee Watercolor society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Georgia Arts with Disabilities, and the 2008 Women of the Pen Exhibit, Atlanta Branch. Her work is in a number of galleries, private and corporate collections. It can be seen on her website She has achieved Signature status in Tallahassee Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society. Most recently, she has had her work in the Paint America Top 200, Paint the Parks Top 100 (and published in their book) as well as being published in Splash 11 New Directions, (National Watercolor Society.

Marsa Herod

After retiring  from nursing, Herod needed something to fill her time so she started taking a painting class through the Arts  Center with Kathy Nelson as her instructor and joined The Lions Club. She loves painting with acrylics and most of her paintings are freehand vs looking at a model of something and painting it.  She enjoy just mixing paints and seeing the picture unfold. When she is not painting , she enjoys doing different activities through the Lions Club that benefit the community and spending time with her great grand kids and cats.



Kathy Nelson
Kathy Nelson has been making art all her life. She was born and raised in Colquitt County and currently works as an instructor at the Colquitt County Arts Center. She lived in Atlanta for 18 years and owned a gallery, frame shop, and studio in the Atlanta area called the Academy Art Studios. She moved back to Colquitt County from Atlanta in 1993 then moved to Jacksonville to work at Shoshana Arts as the Art Director over the Fine Arts department for 5 years. She has since returned to the Arts Center and has worked in Moultrie ever since.

She enjoys painting spiritual pieces, favoring Impressionism that borders on a little bit of surrealism. Her primary medium is acrylics on canvas and board. She also paints murals, does hand building in ceramics, and commissions. Over the years, she has earned multiple awards in juried art exhibitions and        has been invited to the governor’s mansion to show an exhibit. She feels                                                                            blessed being able to do what she does and loves it.

Leah Garcia
Leah Eunice Garcia was born in Ft.Stewart, GA in 1989. She grew up in Moultrie,GA and went to Valdosta State University to study Studio Art in 2012. During her time at VSU, she fell in love with the exciting process of using high heat to create pieces in metals and ceramics, as well as, the bright dreamy effects achieved from watercolors. During college and after graduating with her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts she worked as the Visual Arts Director at the Colquitt County Arts Center for 3 years. With the realization that she needed to be in the studio full time she joined Dustmade Studio to pursue her career as a professional artist. At Dustmade Studio she works as a studio potter, creating functional pieces that focus on organic colors and textures. When not in the studio, Leah works on watercolors. She enjoys creating commissioned pieces of people’s home or favorite landscape. She loves the way in which watercolor, as a medium, lends itself to creating airy, dreamy scenes. Leah also enjoys dabbling in metals, especially the copper enameling process. To her, the best part of creating is creating with other people. She is in love with her art community in South Georgia and takes pleasure in teaching workshops and classes in ceramics, painting, or copper enameling.