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OCAF Reopens with Pottery Pop-Ups and “Romancing the Coast”

Though the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s annual “Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational” was postponed until next year due to the pandemic, the gallery has launched a series of “Pottery Pop-up Sales” in its place to spotlight regional ceramicists. The in-person series kicked off mid-September with Sheryl Holstein, Barry Gregg, Triny Cline and Jen Graff and is currently showcasing its second installment of works by Kathryn Gould, Douglas Tobin, Kathy King and Jim Bridgeman through Oct. 10. The lineup continues with Martha Cook, Marise Fransolino, Glenn Dair and Tom Homann Oct. 13–24; The Chappelles, Adrina Richard, Kathy Phelps and Cindy Angliss Oct. 27–Nov. 7 and Nancy Green, Juana Gnecco, Minsoo Yuh and Tripti Yoganathan Nov. 10–21. After a break to make space for OCAF’s annual Holiday Market and Artists’ Shoppe, the pop-up sales will resume in January.

Following a string of virtual shows, OCAF’s first official exhibition since reopening to the public will be “Romancing the Coast,” a collection of paintings and photographs by Alice Pruitt, Anna Desio, Celia Brooks, John Weber, Karl Enter and Harold Enter. “A reflection of the artists’ love affair with the ocean and the coast,” the exhibition shares cherished memories inspired by vacations, honeymoons, leisure and exploration. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 9 from 6–9 p.m. Space will be limited to 30 people per 45-minute time slot, so reservations are strongly recommended. The show will remain on view until Nov. 13, and artist meet-and-greets will be held on Saturdays Oct. 17–Nov. 7. 

The gallery is also currently hosting a call for artists to participate in the “Small Works Inspired by Poetry Exhibition.” All media is welcome, and entries must visually respond to one of five provided poems—written by Clela Reed, Carl Britton, Dana Smith, Pat Adams or Rebecca Baggett—and not exceed 14 inches in any direction. The deadline is Dec. 1, and the entry fee is $20–25. The exhibition will be displayed Jan. 15–Feb. 26. 

OCAF’s hours are Tuesdays–Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit for event details and submission guidelines.