According to art historian Judith Stein, Grandma Moses was "practical at heart, turning to painting in her seventies after working with worsted wools for embroidered compositions", which risked being eaten by moths. She painted mostly scenes of rural life. Others have noted that she abandoned a career in embroidery because of arthritis. Grandma Moses told reporters that she turned to painting in order to create the postman's Christmas gift, seeing as it "was easier to make [a painting] than to bake a cake over a hot stove."  Stein notes that "her sense of accomplishment in her painting was rooted in her ability to make 'something from nothing', as Lucy Lippard defined the aesthetics of women's 'hobby art' in 1978." Stein considers Moses' quilting work, for which she transformed cloth scraps into useful and beautiful objects, akin to hobby art. Her early style is less individual and more realistic (also known as primitive art), despite her lack of knowledge of (or perhaps rejection of) basic perspective. She did not develop her immediately recognizable signature folk style until later. Many of her early paintings in the realist style were given to family members as thank-you gifts after her visits. She was a prolific painter, generating over 1600 canvasses in 3 decades. Before her fame, she would charge $2 for a small painting and $3 for a large. Her winter paintings are reminiscent of some of the known winter paintings of Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, such as The Hunters in the Snow and Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap. In 1938 a New York engineer and art collector, Louis J. Caldor, who was driving through Hoosick Falls, saw some of her paintings displayed in a drug store window. They were priced from $3 to $5, depending on size. He bought them all, drove to the artist's home at Eagle Bridge and bought ten others she had there. The next year, three Grandma Moses paintings were included in "Contemporary Unknown American Painters" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She did not remain unknown for long. Her first solo exhibition, "What a Farm Wife Painted", opened October 1940 at Otto Kallir's New York City gallery Galerie St. Etienne, followed by a meet-andgreet with the artist and an exhibition of 50 paintings at Gimbel's Department Store November 15, followed by a third solo show in as many months, at the Whyte Gallery, Washington, D.C. "Gimbels had supplemented Moses' art display with a table beneath the paintings spread [with] samples of Grandma's culinary talents—homebaked bread, rolls and cake, plus some of the preserves which won her prizes at the county fair." This brought her to the attention of collectors all over the world, and her paintings became highly sought after. After her death, large traveling exhibitions circulated throughout Europe and Japan, where her work was particularly well received. The Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont, holds the largest public collection of Moses' paintings in the country, as well as "Yarn paintings", art supplies, and the 18th century tilt-top table Moses painted with rustic scenes and used as her easel. Her paintings were soon reproduced on Christmas cards, tiles and fabrics in America and abroad. In 1946 her painting The Old Checkered Inn in Summer was featured in the background of a national advertising campaign for the young women's lip gloss Primitive Red by Du Barry cosmetics. President Harry S. Truman presented her with the Women's National Press Club trophy Award for outstanding accomplishment in art in 1949, and in 1951 she appeared on See It Now, a television program hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The "See It Now" segment on Grandma Moses, presently available on DVD in "The Edward R. Murrow Collection", unfortunately contains but one-third of the actual 25-minute produced interview. In 1952 she published her autobiography and titled it Grandma Moses: My Life's History. On her 100th birthday in 1960, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller proclaimed the day "Grandma Moses Day" in her honor. In November 2006, her work Sugaring Off (1943), became her highest selling work at US $1.2 million. The work was a clear example of the simple rural scenes she became known for. [6
Studio Time Now Available in Big Art Studio Monday night/$50 per month Inquire in the office Splash of Color Beginning Watercolor Instructor: Harvie Ann Cox Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30 pm $50 a month Come and enjoy beginning watercolor with other budding watercolor artists. You will furnish your own supplies.
AdultTeen Drawing w/Shovar Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30p.m $40/$10 supply
Adult Painting w/Shovar Thursdays 11:00am - 2:00pm $50
The poster above was created by Colquitt County High School intern Hanna Friedlander. Great job!
Hall Gallery Mosaic Artist Angela Tillman
“Bohemian Roots Mosaics” January 19 - April 20 Angela Tillman is a Moultrie native and still resides in Colquitt County. A self-taught mosaic tile artist since 2005, inspiration for her pieces include nature, animals, and music.
Beginner’s Chinese Language $50 per month Instructor name: Ling So, born & raised in Hong Kong. Learn how to write, read, listen and speak Chinese in fun and interactive environment. . Maybe a little about the Chinese culture, food, and more… $50/month plus $8 supply fee(one time) Mondays @ 4:00 - 4:45 or Mondays @ 5:00 - 5:45
Senior Art Class
w/Karen Sasine $25/month includes supplies and instruction Tuesdays from 10:30 - 12:00 Come out and enjoy learning how to paint with acrylics with a great group of adults. The artwork being turned out from this class is just fabulous!
Have Your Next Event at The Arts Center Weddings, Receptions,Class Reunions, Birthday Parties or Any Special Occasions
ADVENTURES IN ART
W/LIN Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:30 Cost: $50/month Supply fee $30 quarterly Ages: 6 to 10 ages Be inspired! Be creative! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of art and explore everything from painting to sculpting to drawing. You'll have fun developing your own unique artistic style and creating your own fantastic works of art. Something different each month. Examples: October - Create a face mask using paper mache, paint and other mediums November - Thanksgiving related art plus beginning of creating Christmas Gifts made with white clay. December - Finish clay sculpture pieces w/clay paint and firing.
Kidâ€™s Mixed Media Art Classes w/Kathy Nelson Kids will create wonderful keepsake pieces of artwork while learning to draw, paint, sculpt using clay and papermaching. Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 Grades K-2 5:00 - 6:00 Grades 3rd -5th Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 Middle School & up
Class fee is $40/month Plus $25 supply fee (supplies usually last a few months so the supply fee is not paid every month)
BIRTHDAYS AT THE ARTS CENTER We offer a variety of parties@ $15 per child Pottery Party/Art Party (requires $50 firing fee also)
Scavenger Hunt Party Puppet Party/Dress Up Tea Party Cooking Party/Rock Star Party
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO PREPARATION AND MANAGEMENT Great for college bound students or people ready to enter the creative/technical design workforce. Learn how to organize your creative portfolio and prepare to answer questions about your work by mock-up college and/or job interviews. Limited number of portfolios avail for those who need. For questions or more details call Lydia @ 229-589-7999 or email email@example.com. $40 mo. One time $15 Materials Fee 1st 3 Mondays in Feb and March (6 classes total) (Feb 4, 11, 18 & March 4, 11, 18) 6pm to 7:30pm
Dance Theater w/Mrs. Lovedy & Katie Gaston
ARTS CENTER THEATRE January-June 2013 Schedule DESSERT THEATRE Dessert Theatre Thursday, February 14th $15 person
All Classes are on Mondays 3 & 4 yrs …….......4:00 - 4:30 Ballet & Creative Movement 5 & 6 yrs……..…….4:30 - 5:15 Ballet & Tap 7-9 yrs…………..….5:15 - 6:00 Ballet, Tap & Jazz 10 & Up………...…...6:00 - 6:45 Ballet, Tap & Jazz Class fee is $55 per month for 45 min lesson $45 per month for 30 min lesson Costume/Recital Fee - $60 payable to Dance Theater Supplies needed: Pink or black leotard, Pink footed tights, Pink ballet shoes, Black tap shoes & a Dance Bag (Please label all supplies with your dancer’s name)
Honors Choir w/Beth Miller Wednesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm $50 per month Grades 3rd - 5th Beginning in February
Delicious desserts and a delightful performance, reader theatre style. Limited Seating-tickets available as long as they last! HIP HOP MOB DANCE CLASS Instructor: Lennie Flowers Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 Ages 10 & up $50/month Learn the technique of hip hop with popular hip hop music. Class will go out into the community and do Flash Mob! Fun, exciting, and great exercise!
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Auditons:TBD Performance Dates:TBD
Beauty and The Beast, JR. Auditions: Tuesday, February 19th 5-7 PM Auditions open to students ages 5 to 18 years of age. No prior stage experience is necessary. Everyone that auditions will be cast in the show. Please note- If you wish to audition for a lead role be prepared to sing one verse of any song. You may also be asked to sight read a song. Auditions for lead roles will be held from 7-8 PM.
Performance Dates: Thursday, April 25th 7 PM Friday, April 26th 7 PM th Saturday, April 27 2 PM Sunday, April 28th 2 PM Following Saturday’s Matinee there will be a Be Our Guest event, which will include tasty treats with the character and a photo opportunity with characters as well. Cost is $5 person and space will be limited.
Private Classes PIANO Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass Regular session $50 Advanced session $75 Lorianna Weathers & Beth Miller Tues. & Thurs. 229-921-0727
Voice Jimmy Norris 404-580-9247 Michael Ryce 229-891-0338
Piano $50/month Ken Collier (2nd grade & up) 229-985-1495 Jimmy Norris(4th grade & up) 404-580-9247 Michael Ryce -229-891-0338 Piano $75/month Ponda McKinney -229-589-1925
Drums Michael Ryce $50/month 229-891-0338
GUITAR & FLUTE Katie Gaston 229-413-3190
Yoga w/Ponda $75 Call 229-589-1925
Community Outreach Progams by the Colquitt County Arts Center The Colquitt County arts Center reaches throughout the community through local and state grants to teach visual, performing and arts therapy to many organizations. The Program for Exceptional Children is designed to provide Yoga for the special student to learn to focus and control their daily lives. Ponda McKinney, certified in “Yoga for the Special Child” and assistant, Sabrina Roberts teach this amazing discipline in 155 classes at the schools in Colquitt County. The program is funded by the Program for Exceptional Children and the Moultrie Service League The Prevention program is a reward project for Colquitt County High School students that are in the Achievement Program. Instructor Kathy Nelson works in the visual arts weekly with these students. Joining Kathy this winter is Lydia Tyler to do a “Say No to Alcohol” Campaign for teens created by the students. This program is funded by Family Connections Collaborative and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development “Hearts for Families”. The 21st Century program included curriculum based instruction in the visual arts. Kathy Nelson teaches a weekly class for grades 1-5 at the Friendship Alliance Church. The program is funded through a grant from the YMCA. The Moultrie and Doerun Housing Authority provided sites and funding for summer camps, arts projects and weekly classes for youth and adults. Instructors in the program are Ponda McKinney- arts and crafts, Michael Ryce-music, and Kathy Nelson –painting. The United Way makes it possible for performing and arts activities to be provided at the Arts Center through summer camps, theater, senior adult painting and scholarship, at the NW Youth Center in music, the Boys and Girls Club in art, music and theater and at all the YMCA Primetime sites in art. Instructors include Kathy Nelson, Lennie Flowers, Michael Ryce, Karen Sasine, Lin Sheffield, 6 guest summer camp artist, 12 youth assistants and art center instructors who teach group and private classes.
Alcohol Prevention Media Campaign Achievement Center high school students are designing a countywide multi-media campaign to raise awareness about the perils of underage drinking and alcohol abuse. Thanks to prevention funding from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities awarded HEARTS for Families and the Colquitt County Family Connection Collaborative on Children and Families, the arts center is taking on the task of instructing and guiding these at-risk students through the process of developing a media campaign from concept and graphic arts design to digital production. The advertisements developed will be published in various media forms (including online ads, over-the-road banners, billboards and print ads) this spring. Plans are to display students' original artwork created for the campaign this spring as well. Visual Arts Instructor, Kathy Nelson, and Arts Center Curator, Lydia Tyler, are heading up creative instruction.
ARTS CENTER THEATRE DESSERT THEATRE Dessert Theatre Thursday, February 14th $15 person Delicious desserts and a delightful performance, reader theatre style. Limited Seating-tickets available as long as they last! THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Auditions: January 14 & 15 6:30 - 7:30 Performance Dates: March 22 & 23 at 8:00pm March 24 at 2:00pm
Beauty and The Beast, JR. Auditions: Tuesday, February 19th 5-7 PM Auditions open to students ages 5 to 18 years of age. No prior stage experience is necessary. Everyone that auditions will be cast in the show. Please note- If you wish to audition for a lead role be prepared to sing one verse of any song. You may also be asked to sight read a song. Auditions for lead roles will be held from 7-8 PM. Performance Dates: Thursday, April 25th , Friday, April 26th 7 PM Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th 2 PM Following Saturdayâ€™s Matinee there will be a Be Our Guest event, which will include tasty treats with the character and a photo opportunity with characters as well. Cost is $5 person and space will be limited.
DIXIE SWIM CLUB Auditions: Thursday, May 16th Show Dates: July 26-28
Dogwood Music Festival Coming April 27, 2013
Cowboys & Valentines Family Fun Day February 9, 2013 11:00am-1:00pm $3 Admission Kaleidoscope Museum at The Arts Center Hosted by the Moultrie Service League