Thursday, December 2, 2010

Art Ramble 2010

The Art Ramble brought out lots of folks to see the galleries around Lake Oconee and Greenboro. Art of Oconee welcomed old friends and new visitors all day Friday and Saturday. Of course, the Ramble wouldn't be complete without our artists demonstrating their painting expertise! Shannon Candler, Cathy McIntire, Gail Vail, and David Siffert all painted on site during the event.
David Siffert painted at the gallery
Setting up for demo
Gloria Rusk and grandson

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

High Arts Day for the High Museum

Art of Oconee is proud to announce that AOO artist  Kendall Boggs has been chosen as one of the artists to participate in the coveted High Arts Day for the High Museum.
The event is scheduled for November 15th at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta.
for more info go to:
"One Love"
12x12", Mixed Media on gallery wrapped canvas
We are also excited to announce that Kendall has just sold two paintings to
the "famous" comedian Jeff Foxworthy!

Congrats Kendall!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn Version of Art and Shop Walk Better Than Ever!!!

Art and Shop Walk at Lake Oconee Village last Thursday night brought out folks from all around. Seven shops around the Parkside Commons address participated and the parking lots were filled with people obviously enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. As usual, we at Art of Oconee provided a HUGE spread of delectable hors d'oeuvres (some would say dinner...)

and a superb selection of white and red wines...
Many friends of the gallery came, along with lots of new faces! We were happy to have so many folks come by and we now look forward to our Spring version in April!
Meanwhile, Art Ramble is just around the corner, so don't forget November 19 and 20 for that!
See our slideshow from Art and Shop Walk, October, 2010:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We're Nominated Best Gallery! Please Vote For Us!

Art of Oconee gallery has been nomimated Best Art Gallery in the area for 2010!!! We are SO PLEASED to have been nominated, BUT in order to win we need your votes! To vote simply click here or on the "Vote for Us!" form above to link to the Lake Oconee Living Magazine voting page.
In addition, several of our ARTISTS have been nominated in the Best Artist catagory!! Please vote for one (tough decision!) of them as well.
They are:
Shannon Candler
Cathy McIntire
David Siffert
Gail Vail

Congratulations to all!!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Show Season Begins

The start of September ushers in more than anticipation of cooler weather. Three of our artists have events coming up QUICK!
Tracy Hayden recently opened Paint Your Picture. She has put her amazing talents to work creating "masterpieces" from ordinary photos. Already folks are lining up to have her work! She and husband Michael Reinsch are opening their doors this Thursday for a Grand Opening Celebration. Be sure to attend, and bring your own photo. There will be a vote for one lucky person to get a free masterpiece from Paint Your Picture. Congrats Tracy!!!

Another of our artists, Cathy McIntire, is featured artist at Gary's Garden Center for the month of September. They are hosting a reception for her this Saturday the 11th from 4 until 5:30 PM. Be sure, if you are in the area, to stop by and see her display!
Cathy McIntire at Gary's Garden Center
Art of Oconee artist David Siffert is travelling to Suttons Bay, Michigan for his current show "up north" at Martha's Gallery, located near Traverse City. His work will be featured as a solo show through October. If you're in the area, please stop by!
David Siffert, "Women in the Field"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Atlanta Gallery Association Art Walk A Big Hit With Art of Oconee Artists

AGA (Atlanta Gallery Association) sponsored a city-wide art walk in Atlanta last Saturday. Several Art of Oconee artists drove in to go by several of the 35 participating galleries. The first gallery stop was Huff Harrington Fine Art. Artist Liz Barber was in the gallery painting, and took a break to talk to Cathy McIntire and David Siffert.

Liz Barber and David Siffert at Huff Harrington Fine Art
Meg Harrington, Shannon Candler, Maria and David Siffert

The group traveled on to Bennett Street to see Anne Irwin Fine ArtPryor Fine Art, and Thomas Deans.

Cathy McIntire and Shannon Candler at Anne Irwin Fine Art

Susie Garrett at Anne Irwin Fine Art

Shannon and Maria
David Siffert and Gail Vail at Mason Murer Fine Art
The day-long event wrapped up with a reception at Mason Murer Fine Art for the No Limits show that included work by AOO gallery artist Cathy McIntire.
Speaking of Art Walks, Art of Oconee is already gearing up for the Lake Oconee Village and Shop Walk on October 21st, 5 to 7 pm. You don't want to miss it!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kendall's Painting Givaway

Everyone had a great time at our Wine and Cheese party to celebrate drawing for Kendall Boggs' painting. 
This is the painting:
Congratulations to Adair Field of Greensboro!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

OPAS After Hours

Art of Oconee hosted a special after hours event for members of OPAS last Friday. A gallery full of visitors provided a great evening for all. Several OPAS members left with art originals that included artwork and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Visitors were anxious to get their names in the glass bowl for AOO's drawing for an original Kendall Boggs painting, scheduled for Friday, July 30. We'll have a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bob and Linda Weisflog in front, John Baird, Mikki Tanner, Alla Campbell in back
Miss Amelia with her new necklace by Ellen Cowne
"Bartenders" Mike Turner and Hugh Vail
Cecil Roth
Gerry Geisler
Chris Jackson with daughter Brooke

Thursday, July 1, 2010

30 Rock Has Art of Oconee Connection

Jack McBrayer and Bobby C
Recently Jack McBrayer, who plays Kenneth the Page in the hit TV show 30 Rock, acquired one of Bobby C's mixed media floral paintings. Jack's family lives near, so enjoyed a visit with Bobby C while in town. We are told Jack plans to hang his new artwork in his condo in New York. Congrats Bobby!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Painting GiveAway!

As A Special Gift to Our Gallery Fans
Art of Oconee is Giving One Lucky Person
A Free Painting by Gallery Artist Kendall Boggs!!!
Frame from David Siffert at Dress The Walls Framing!
"Yellow Trees" Acrylic, 40"x40"

Come by the gallery to register for this very special gift.
The painting is on display at the gallery.
We will end July with a Bang by hosting a
Wine and Cheese Reception
when we announce the winner of the painting!
Mark your Calendar!
Friday, July 30, 5 – 7 PM

About the artist:
Kendall Boggs, artist member of Art of Oconee gallery, decided to seriously focus on her art a couple years ago. An Interior Designer by trade, Kendall began painting about five years ago for fun and as a creative outlet for her inexhaustible energy level. She has only been marketing her work a year and a half, but already has 50 paintings sold to collectors. She was invited to show her work in Jackson, Mississippi this spring, and that resulted in another invitation for a solo show in Greenwood, Mississippi, scheduled for September. She recently was selected to participate in two annual fundraising events in Atlanta. Both The Trinity School and the Wesleyan School in Atlanta have annual Art Shows that have grown in reputation and popularity over the years. Being asked to participate in both has raised awareness of artist Kendall Boggs, as well as resulting in multiple sales of her paintings. Kendall’s paintings are heavily textured acrylic on canvas. She prefers large over small, and paints from memory rather than reference. More of her work can be seen at Art of Oconee.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Art and Shop Walk Rocks!

Tons of folks turned out for the Art and Shop Walk at our own Lake Oconee Village, helping us celebrate SPRING! It seems people were ready to finally shed Winter and usher in the beautiful springtime weather that Lake Oconee is known for. All our neighbors stayed open too, so the parking lot was truly filled with people visiting the shops AND each other!
We enjoyed this so much that we plan to keep our doors open during all the upcoming Lake Oconee Village special events this summer, beginning with the LOV Picnic on Saturday, May 15th. Look for our balloons!
Fabulous food and Art -- Just the way we like it!
Artist Shannon Candler serves up some Southern "hospitality"
Artist Kendall Boggs with husband Lynn

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Work From Our Gallery Artists!!

We're getting ready for Art and Shop Walk on Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.
We've brought in new work, re-hung all the walls, and have plans for a fabulous event! Our neighbors here at Parkside Commons will be open as well.
Artist member Denise Bush has organized a silent auction of our work and that of other local artists and businesses. Half of the proceeds will go directly to OPAS, so look for our tent outside the gallery for a gorgeous display of all these items. Then come inside the gallery for a little wine, refreshment, and visit with all of us at the gallery. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Yes You Can! ...PAINT!

Art of Oconee is now hosting Quick Start To Oil Painting with Artist and Gallery Partner Nan McGarity. This class has been wildly popular at Nan's Historic Mill Studio, so when she offered to bring it to the gallery we thought it was a fabulous idea!

If you have ever thought about learning to paint, this is the perfect opportunity for your first foray into oil painting. Nan has designed this introduction as a fun day of painting and instant gratification with a brush and paint. Each student will complete a painting by the end of the day. Frames will also be available for purchase. The best part is, no experience is required – just a desire to paint.
Where: Art of Oconee
When: Mondays 10:00-3:00 on 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/17, 6/21, 7/26, 8/23, 8/30
How: Call Nan at 770-294-5833
Cost: $65 for instruction
Materials: A list will be provided – bring your own or purchase a Materials Package for the day for $35 (includes canvas, paints brushes, mediums, easel, etc.)

Class size is limited to 4 (ages 15 and older)

Bring three friends for a full day of fun and bring your sense of humor. The perfect gift for someone who wants to learn to paint!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy New Year!

Our doors have been open for less than a year but with the arrival of January it truly feels like a new year, both literally and figuratively. We are looking forward to 2010.

It is also a time for reflection and looking back at our first (9 month) year. New businesses have tons of things to do to get started and we certainly felt the push to get it all done. Of course, having 14 capable and talented owners definitely increases the expertise available and lowers the work load for all of us.

Because of our efforts, Art of Oconee is becoming a familiar name in the area. The gallery always looks great, with a variety of art mediums and styles displayed well in a friendly environment. We have strived to keep the gallery looking neat and organized so visitors can focus on the art.

Most of our visitors gladly sign the guest book and look forward to hearing from us about future events. Art lovers in the area are becoming more familiar with Art of Oconee artists, by name and by their art.

Pictured is a necklace designed and crafted by Kelly Clower.