The Arts Center has 4 main galleries which include the Vereen Gallery, McCall Gallery, Traverse Gallery and the Contemporary Gallery. All exhibits are free and open to the public during operating hours. M-F 10 am – 5:30 pm
November 16th – December 21st M-F 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Opening November 15th at 6:30 pm during the Cocktails and Candycanes event
The magical Arts Center Holiday Shoppe holds amazing and unique items hand crafted by artists from across Southwest Georgia. Jewelry, ornaments, ceramics, wood turned bowls, paintings and more can all be found inside. This year we have over 23 artists with many new faces and things to discover.
Cut from the Cloth by Rebecca Richardson
Open until November 21st
“Cut from the Cloth’’ is a collection of paintings on recycled canvas drop cloth that gives viewers an inside look on the world through Richardson’s eyes. Rebecca Richardson is a self-taught artist born and raised in Filer, Idaho. Richardson is the youngest of 7 children and attributes her love of art to Thomas Kinkade, Leonardo da Vinci, and her aunt.
“She always encouraged me to let my heart speak,” Richardson fondly recalls about the influence and
encouragement she received from her aunt.
Richardson began painting a little over a year ago while living in Eastman, Georgia. After moving across
the country from Idaho to Georgia, Richardson found herself in a dark place. It was during this time that
her therapist encouraged her to paint what she felt and then paint what she wanted to feel. She used
painting as an expressive way to find her way back to life, and has yet to put down her paintbrush since.
“I wanted to feel the light, and I wanted to feel God’s presence again,” is how Richardson describes what
painting brought into her life.
Richardson is a mother of three and draws inspiration from her children.In fact, it was one of
her children that brought her to the Arts Center.
She is continuing to paint and loves to experiment with used, unusual, and unique materials. Her
work will be on exhibit in the Traverse Gallery through November 21, 2018.
Gazing Moments by Vilas Tonape
January 24th – March 29th, 2019
Vilas Tonape is an internationally recognized artist and a teacher. He chairs the department of
art at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Tonape is a native of India and has
been creating art for over thirty years. He received his BFA in Drawing and Painting with
distinction from the Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay, India. He earned and MFA in
Painting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been exhibited
internationally, including venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Bombay, and Canada.
Tonape has won numerous awards throughout the United States and India, and his work has
been critically acclaimed. Palm Beach Post says: “Tonape’s paintings can be described as
classically inspired, contemporary-realism—interpretive images that enchant the eye.”