Middle Georgia Art Association prepares for upcoming Winter Arts Festival


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The current display at the MGAA gallery is themed around Still Life. The artwork varies from amateur to professional.

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

The Middle Georgia Art Association, a non-profit organization located on Vineville Avenue, will be hosting their largest gallery of the year with their Winter Arts Festival. The grand opening for the exhibit will be held Friday, Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibit will stay open until March 10, and the deadline for entering art to be included in the exhibit is Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 5:00 p.m. Anyone, professional or amateur, is eligible to enter for a $40 entry fee.

All work that is entered into the exhibit will be judged as a part of a competition. The categories for competition are painting/2D, photography and 3D. First place for each category will win $150, second will win $125 and third will win $75.

In addition, every piece of art will be put on sale, and all the artist will be paid for any art sold after a small commission. Artwork will be on sale during the entire duration of the exhibit.

This particular Winter Arts Festival will be the event’s 50th anniversary. For the anniversary, they plan to ask the winning artists to give a special talk on their art.

“The Winter Arts Festival is our one big juried show that offers bigger prize money and recognition throughout the state,” said Martha Tisdale, a local artist who will be participating in the competition.

Tisdale is a full time painter, who retired from managing Macon Signs. She has been a member of MGAA since the ’70s, and she has been a part of the Macon art scene since.

“The Winter Arts Festival attracts quality work outside our local area,” Tisdale said. The Winter Arts Festival will be taking artwork from across Georgia, including the Atlanta and Columbus areas.

The MGAA hosts regular galleries and competitions for local Macon artists to show and sell their work. “To me, and to most of our artists, it gives people the opportunity to put their work on display,” said Mae Thurston, Executive Director of the MGAA.

“We would love to have Mercer students involved,” Thurston said. She welcomes students to enter into the gallery or to simply come view the art.

Outside of such competitions, MGAA offers workshops and classes for their members. Membership normally costs $35 a year, but for college students it only costs $20. Being a member means less entry fees for competitions, as well as a member’s only meeting and a newsletter.