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Best Visual Art Series featuring Jill McGannon & an Art Exhibition with Julie Brown

December 2 @ 11:00 am - December 28 @ 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 2, 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 2, 2020


Jill McGannon – Oil Painter

Jill McGannon completed her BFA and MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia in 1985 and 1988, and has made a living as an artist since then.  After graduating, she studied with Gregg Kreutz, David Leffel, Terry Miura, and others.  Her coastal work can be seen at Four Corners Gallery in Bluffton, SC. She also shows at Mason Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia and Addington  Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.  She paints realistic landscape, figure and still life paintings in oils, preferring to work from life whenever possible.   Her favorite destinations for plein air landscape painting include the Georgia coast and mountains, the mountains of North Carolina, and the Italian countryside.   The smaller plein air works are often used as references to paint larger paintings in the studio.  Jill lives in the Atlanta area.  For Jill’s show schedule, please sign the email list. Jill teaches oil painting at Johns Creek Arts Center, www.johnscreekarts.org for more information.

“Up before dawn, I’m standing on the edge of the marsh with the sun coming up, bathing the tops of the trees with a warm glow.  There’s a cool cast shadow on the marsh grass, and it’s all reflected in the water.  The quiet is broken only by an egret fishing nearby.  I try to paint slow enough to get the drawing, values, and color right, but fast enough to finish the painting before the light changes. Every now and then my concentration is broken for a second as I look around to make sure there aren’t any alligators around! The light has changed now, but I’m finished.  I leave with my painting and a sense of satisfaction.  I’ve learned something new today, some subtle color or value change, or drawing correction that I didn’t notice the last time I painted plein air. There are so many beautiful things in the world, that I never run out of things to paint! Whether it’s a painting of my daughter, a still life, or a landscape of one of my favorite painting destinations in Georgia or Italy, I never tire of trying to capture the magical beauty of light.”


Julie Brown – Clay Artist

I am fascinated that as a clay artist I am able to create something out of nothing. I am sensitive to the characteristics of clay coming from the raw ground and made into a useful product. I shape and transform them into ceramic vessels that are highly functional and pleasing to the eye.

Always inspired by nature I choose glowing hues of sunrises and sunsets, greens of rolling hills, blues of sparkling waters, purple tones of majestic mountains and desert browns to inform my pallet.

The added joy is that these treasures in clay are created to be shared with others who will complete the piece in their environment.


December 2 @ 11:00 am
December 28 @ 5:00 pm
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Gilmer Arts
207 Dalton St
Ellijay, GA 30540 United States
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