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A Brief History of the Georgia Coastal Artists Guild

The beauty of the Golden Isles has attracted artists for many years. Over the years professional groups have formed among these local artists.
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In 1983 a number of artist members of the Glynn Art Association, encouraged by Bill Hendrix, artist and instructor, decided to form a guild of professional artists. This guild had common goals to market their work, to promote high-quality art, and to accept new members by a jury of their membership.

The original Coastal Artists Guild consisted of twenty members, but within a few months of its inception it gained four more members. Immediately, these artists focused on exhibiting their work. The first show of the 2004 Exhibitguild took place at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island. Next there was an outdoor show at Redfern Village on St. Simons Island. Today the Georgia Coastal Artists Guild is a 35-member group that holds three or more shows per year and is involved in numerous art-related events in the community.

The member artists are continuously trying to broaden their knowledge and capabilities by individually attending classes and workshops. The group often invites guest speakers to their monthly meetings to present information relevant to marketing and presentation of art or other special topics. The common desire to further art and art education in the community leads Fall Show at Glynn Art 2005 many guild members to participate in activities such as volunteering their time with local school children.

Within the group, a wide range of media and a varied number of styles are represented. This gives GCAG its depth in the visual arts.

The Georgia Coastal Artists Guild can be contacted through the Glynn Art Association at 529 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522 or through the GCAG link on Glynn Art Associationís Website at www.glynnart.org


 

The founding Members of the Georgia Coastal Artists Guild in 1983 are:

Dorothy Paulk Avera McClain Lola Josey
Barbara Barber Betty Lowe
Sandra Colquitt Carolyn McMillan
Keta Davenport Wena NeSmith
Nancy Davis Ammie Ree Penn
Lee Dyson Janet Scarlett
Beth Engel Kay Schwartz
Dorothy Fowler Marta Torrey
Mary T. Griffith Gertrude Tracy
Virginia Hoffstrom Marion Vose
Tobi Hutchinson Janet Waters
Carolyn Inman Ken Wallin

 


 

 

 

 

In remembrance of members who have passed away, gone but not forgotten.

Dianne Gaddy
Judith Hall
Bill Hendrix-Founder of the Georgia Coastal Artists Guild
Rita S. Trudeau
Kay Schwartz
Ammie Ree Penn
Lucille La Mont
Jacqueline Curl
Gertrude Tracey
Jeannette Bessels
Betty Lowe
George Williams
Mary Griffith
Ana Bel Washington
W.S. (Bud) Bryde
Virginia Hoffstrom
Shelia (Nan) Woods
Betty Ann Durkes
Beth Engel
Marta Torrey
Jeanne Nelson Szabo
Hazel Dean Ehrensperger
Carolyn Inman


 


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