The Jekyll Island Arts Association holds its annual arts festival every year in early March. This free three-day event attracts over 3000 visitors and 400 association members to Jekyll island. The festival takes place at Goodyear Cottage in the Historic district, where it spills out onto the the mansion’s lawn.
Club members showcase their artwork and compete for prizes in many categories. Since many of the show’s entries are for sale, it is a great shopping opportunity. On my last visit the pottery selections were very popular, with many of the items selling early in the show.
Live music and food provide a festive atmosphere. Jekyll Sandpiper attendees can also enjoy demonstrations of weavers, carvers, painters, and potters as they stroll through the cottage and grounds. The Jekyll Club Hotel features its Shrimp and Grits, and attendees are sure to find a treat at the bake sale. This past year you could glaze your own Raku pottery, as you listened to music played by the Golden Isles Strummers. Later in the day Michael Huelett, known for his mellow saxophone tones, would entertain the crowd.
If you are looking for a peek at the upper stories of Goodyear Cottage, the arts festival is your best chance. There are so many art entries that the association uses every available room. Attendees get a voting card, and artists can win people’s choice awards, as well as awards from the official judges. The faculty of the Valdosta State University Art Department provide the judges.
Other Arts Association Activities
The Arts Association typically hold an annual summer camp for kids. It is one of the many children’s camp activities you can find on Jekyll each summer.
Art Association membership is to open to all. Members can take association classes, exhibit their art at the festival, and display their work for sale. They can also use the association’s pottery and weaving equipment. Many members are snow birds, but others are from the local area. Membership cost $30 / year.
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