Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association, a non-profit organization that brings artistic events and opportunities for cultural experiences, is alive and well in Ellijay. Located at 207 Dalton Street just off the square, Gilmer Arts houses an art gallery and classrooms where lessons are offered for a vast variety of skills – including painting, music, jewelry making, performing arts, children’s programs and much more. But Gilmer Arts is not just a gallery for art shows and classes; it has evolved over the years to bring exciting performing arts to the community. Featured this year are Gilmer Arts Community Theatre, Gilmer Arts Community Chorus and the Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. (Bringing Ellijay Sensational Talent) Series. Over the past twenty-five years the B.E.S.T. Series has brought award-winning artists to Ellijay and Gilmer County. Oscar, Grammy and Dove award-winning artists showcase excellence with their talent and add certain sophistication to the little town at the foot of the mountains.
Membership in Gilmer Arts is increasing and businesses are stepping forward to sponsor and advertise the robust schedule for the 2015-2016 season. In addition to the classes and lessons that are held at the Dalton Street location, this year there are ten live performances – four plays with the Community Theatre, four B.E.S.T. Series performances and two Community Chorus performances. Some of these performances will be held in local school auditoriums in order to accommodate the number of enthusiastic patrons. Additionally, numerous gallery shows, exhibits and receptions are scheduled in the gallery. Free concerts by are also offered at the Gilmer Arts Center on the 3rd Friday of every month. Called Acoustic Blends, these live music events offer a great opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent.
For the community, there is even more excitement ahead. Gilmer Arts has purchased, and is in the process of remodeling a 5,300 square foot building on Dalton Street near the current location in downtown Ellijay. This will be a live performance venue named the George Link Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse and undoubtedly will be a vibrant addition to downtown. It will offer more opportunities to attend quality performances right here in Gilmer County. Financial support for this venue has been extremely gratifying as people in the community welcome the prospect of the new playhouse.
John Rathbone, president of Gilmer Arts said it this way, “The Arts reflect our culture and always have…the realization of the importance of this particular field requires not only preservation but presentation. We do both, so all of north Georgia can come and enjoy and participate and stimulate their imagination and creativity.”
For information about membership (offering discounts on tickets and events), performance schedules, volunteer opportunities or to get involved with the exciting playhouse plans, please contact us at 706 635-5605 or go to our website at www.gilmerarts.org
Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association
207 Dalton Street,
Ellijay, GA 30540