Toccoa To Host Traveling Art Exhibit

Toccoa is one of nine Georgia communities that will host the state’s first traveling art exhibit.

Recently, Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal announced that 28 pieces from the state’s art collection would travel to nine locations over a 14-month period, with Toccoa making the cut in what organizers say was a competitive application process.

Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that the city considers it a privilege to be chosen for this tour.

Crosby said it will give Toccoa a great opportunity to focus on art in the community.

“We are just really excited to be able to offer this to our community because very often we do not get a chance to go to Atlanta and some of the art museums there,” said Crosby.  “This way, we will be able to see some of these paintings.”

The exhibit will locate in Toccoa for the month of February.

Crosby said it will set up at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa.

“It is a free exhibit and we are encouraging everyone to attend,” said Crosby.  “We are hoping that we will be able to get our school students to come as well.  It will be for the full month.  It will be in the Mitchell Allen Room, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.”

According to state officials, the exhibit will feature work created by Georgia artists from the 1970s to the 1990s and will highlight a diversity of styles, media, and techniques.

Meanwhile, Crosby said that Toccoa hopes to use the exhibit to also help highlight local artists in the community.

“We are partnering with the Currahee Artists’ Guild,” said Crosby.  “During February, they have their ‘Meet the Artist’ show.”

The exhibit’s sponsors, which include the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division, and the Georgia Humanities Council, said they will offer additional art programs to each community participating in the project.

The exhibit will also make stops in Gainesville, Monroe, Summerville, Tallapoosa, Jonesboro, Dublin, Tifton, and Kingsland.

Governor Deal said he hopes the exhibit will inspire visitors and residents to learn more about Georgia’s artistic heritage and current artists while serving as a springboard for additional arts and cultural activities in these communities.