Macon Arts Advocacy Lunch

Join Macon Arts Alliance and the Macon Arts Roundtable for a luncheon at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month featuring keynote speaker and performer Linqua Franqa from Athens, GA. The lunch is sponsored by the Griffith Foundation, celebrating 25 years of service.

About Linqua Franqa

A rapper who brings social consciousness and a Master’s degree in linguistics to her music, Linqua Franqa is the alias of Mariah Parker. Based in Athens, Georgia, she issued a playful, syllable-dense self-titled EP in early 2017 that featured production touches like archival spoken word samples and breakbeats. Parker wrote and recorded her debut album while completing her graduate studies at the University of Georgia. Titled Model Minority, it was released by Athens indie label Happy Happy Birthday to Me in early 2018.

Introduction Video Excerpt from GPB by Grant Blankenship.

“Mariah Parker says calls herself a linguist by day and a lunatic lady rapper by night. The latter is her Linqua Franqa persona, a woman who holds down the top seat in Athens, Georgia’s hip hop scene. Recently she added to her resume by becoming getting elected to the Athens-Clark County Commission, something she sees as an utterly natural extension of her music.”

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Barbara Stanton Domingos, New Work September 2018

Join Macon Arts Alliance for an Opening Reception to celebrate the new exhibition featuring new assemblage works by Barbara Stanton Domingos. Light refreshments will be served. The reception, sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial is free and open to the public.

Barbara Stanton Domingos Artist Statement

Barbara was born in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Macon at age nine. Domingos grew up here and attended Alexander IV School and graduated from A. L. Miller Senior High School.

Domingos attended Mercer University, majoring in Mathematics and French, and choosing arts classes as electives. When Barbara and her husband, Kirk, moved to New Orleans in 1985, the mathematician decided to take art lessons at the prestigious New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.

Because of one extraordinary teacher, Allison Stewart, Barbara fell in love with abstract art. While in New Orleans, she continued her lessons and took took classes the Penland School in North Carolina.

After moving to Alexandria, LA in 2002, Barbara joined a group of artists who painted regularly at River Oaks Art Academy, participating in group shows and solo shows. Barbara was also commissioned to create a series of paintings.

Barbra works currently creates work in her home studio.

Macon Wine & Arts Festival

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In Vino Veritas. In wine, there is truth. Macon Arts Alliance is truly delighted to introduce a new artistic culinary creation, available for consumption on September 28-29, 2018. The Macon Wine & Arts Festival will be hosted in collaboration with Quality Wine & Spirits in the newly restored 1920-era art deco Beeland Auditorium, located in the heart of Macon’s first neighborhood and known today as the Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village. A signature series of wine, art and musically-inspired events will educate and engage local enthusiasts and traveling truth seekers.

Prosecco & Plein Air

Bring on the bubbly. Corks will pop promptly at 5 PM on Friday, September 28 for Prosecco and Plein Air, the official opening reception of the 2nd Annual Plein Air in the Parks exhibit. The show will feature freshly painted landscapes created in September by over a dozen artists in twelve popular Macon-Bibb Parks, all professionally curated and displayed in the Mill Hill Community Arts Center Gallery. Patrons will sip prosecco, sample fruits and cheeses, admire art, mingle with artists, play bocce ball and get in the groove with music mixes from Celebrity DJs. A record swap and sale will feature vintage albums, new vinyl releases and collectibles. Prosecco & Plein Air is free and open to the public from 5-8 PM.

Vintages & Vinyl

Please your culinary palate and your artistic palette. The fabulous Beeland Auditorium will be transformed into a Grand Tasting room for Vintages & Vinyl on Saturday, September 29 from 1-4 PM. Wine experts and savvy servers will pour unlimited tastings of specially-selected international and domestic wines, offering tasting notes and pairing recommendations. Gourmet cheeses and palate-cleansing snacks will be offered while Celebrity DJs serve up sweet & spicy musical food for the soul. The Plein Air in the Parks exhibit will be open in the gallery. Adults 21 and over receive a souvenir tasting glass and admission to Vintages & Vinyl for $40. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance on, due to limited capacity for this event.

Turning the Tables

Everyone wants the best table. Get exclusive access to VIP chef table experiences featuring small plate and wine pairings crafted by culinary celebrities. Four private sessions with professional chefs will be hosted on Saturday, September 29 from 12-5 PM in a gleaming gourmet kitchen equipped with wall-to-wall stainless steel and state-of-the-art Viking appliances. Get a front row seat and watch the artistry as gastronomic demonstrations are conducted while listening to the music that inspired them. VIP tasting sessions include a full pour of a noteworthy wine that chefs and wine experts paired to complement the dish. Turning the Tables tickets are $25 per guest per session and are available only with the purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket. Menus and chef experiences are currently in development and will be released to the public along with ticketing links on the Macon Wine & Arts Festival event listing on when confirmed.

About Macon Arts Alliance

Proceeds from the Macon Wine & Arts Festival will benefit the programs of Macon Arts Alliance. The mission of the Macon Arts Alliance is to foster and support the advancement of arts and culture in Central Georgia. MAA strives to be an innovative leader of a diverse and thriving arts community as well as a strategic partner in creating an open, inclusive, and vibrant place for artists, arts organizations, residents, businesses, and tourists. Macon Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, selected as the Designated Arts Agency for Macon-Bibb County and serving as an advocate for 58 local member arts organizations. MAA also leads the neighborhood revitalization effort for the Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village, manages (the area’s free community arts and entertainment calendar), and operates the Macon Arts Gallery, representing and selling original works from 200 local and regional artists.

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Macon Clay Artrepreneurs Exhibit August 3-24

This popular show and sale opens on Friday, August 3rd with a free reception and features clay works for show and sale from Amy McCullough and her students from Macon Clay. The show will be on display through August 24th.

First Friday Free Opening Reception August 3rd 5-8 PM presented by Spa Medical and Vein Specialists of the South.

Amy McCullough Artist Statement

I have a BFA from UGA with a double major in sculpture and photography. I have been teaching sculptural ceramics for over 20 years. I do not throw pots or use molds like you would find in a typical pottery studio. Everything is hand built and totally unique. In addition to instructing, I sell my original artwork and do commission based work.
My work is non-functional, emphasizing form over function. I am strongly influenced by nature and its constant evolution, of both growth and decay.
There is so much history in clay. It is primal and meditative. Clay is an important medium to me, as it requires all of the elements to work – earth, water, air, & fire. Pushing the clay to extreme limits is a challenge that I find most rewarding. Experimentation with clay additives and alternative glazing techniques are also exciting elements in my process. The outcome is almost always a surprise to me from my original intention, which indeed gives my work the viscous feeling that the clay itself deserves.

2019 Fired Works Artist Application

Fired Works 2019 Application

Thank you for your interest in being a part of Fired Works 2019. Please review the information below and complete and return this application by December 1, 2018 in order to be considered for the 2019 show. Click link below to download form.

2019 Fired Works Application


Fired Works, a regional ceramics exhibit and sale is a group exhibit totaling 60 potters. The event venue is
Central City Park in Macon, Georgia for the duration of the sale (April 5 through April 14, 2019).

  1. Work must be delivered to Central City Park between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019. Artists (or their representatives) will set up their table; volunteers will be on hand for help with unloading. Tables are first-come, first serve; space allotted per table is 8 feet in length. Artists may bring their own props and peg-walls to enhance their display. Overly large displays that interfere with other artists’ tables are not permitted.
  2. Macon Arts Alliance will host a preview party for the show from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019. Each artist receives two complimentary tickets—one for their use and one for a guest.
  3. The show is taken down on Sunday, April 14, 2019; from 4 to 6 p.m. Artists (or their representative) are responsible for picking up the remaining work at that time. Artists cannot take down work from their tables until 4 p.m. (closing time). Artists who fail to pick up their work will not be invited back the following year. Macon Arts Alliance will not be responsible for any work not picked up by 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
  4. Commission is split: 65% to the artist, 35% to Macon Arts Alliance. There are no additional fees to participate.

Artists who make more than $600 (artist net) are eligible for continued participation the following year.



Artist: _________________________________________________________________________



Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________





Phone Number(s): _______________________________________________________________


Email Address: __________________________________________________________________



Have you been a part of Fired Works before?  (circle one)                   YES                             NO



If yes, what year(s)? ______________________________________________________________________



Please include with your completed application: six to nine high-resolution pictures of your work, artist statement, biography, and CV. Return all by December 1, 2017 to, or mail to Megan McNaught c/o Macon Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 972, Macon, GA 31202



Artist Signature____________________________________________ Date __________________________



Call for Entries: Macon’s 2nd Annual Juried Plein Air Painting in the Parks


Call for Entries: Macon’s 2nd Annual Juried Plein Air Painting in the Parks

Deadline: July 20, 2018

The Macon Arts Gallery is seeking applications for:

2nd Annual Juried Plein Air Event

September 1-22, 2018

2018 Juror TBA

Macon Arts Alliance is looking for artists to venture out into Macon’s many beautiful parks and attractions to paint September 1-22, 2018. The creative community event will culminate in a free opening reception and exhibition at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center Gallery on September 28 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Important Dates and info:

* Application Deadline: July 20, 2018

* Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2018

* Exhibition Reception: September 28, 2018

*Application Fee: $25.00 for three images.

*To Apply:

Please send 3-4 digital samples of paintings and a brief biography with “Plein Air” as the subject line to

Mail or deliver $25.00 entry fee to:

Macon Arts Alliance

Attn: Megan McNaught 486 First St. Macon Ga 31201

Pay application fee by phone with credit card by calling 478-743-6940.

*Accepted Artists will receive 3 stamped canvases available in 8” x 10”, 10” x 12” and 12” x 14”. No framing is required but artists may frame their works if desired. Please specify canvas size preferences upon notification of acceptance.

*Artists may pick up panels on August 15-31st at Macon Arts Gallery located at 486 First St. in downtown Macon between 10am-4pm Monday through Friday. Drop off paintings on or before September 22 between 10am-4pm at 486 First St. Macon.

 A free opening reception of the Plein Air in the Parks exhibition will be hosted during the Vintages & Vinyl Wine Festival on September 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center Gallery where the show will be displayed through October 29.

There will be numerous events scheduled during National Arts & Humanities Month celebrated in October that will bring patrons to the Mill Hill Community Arts Center Gallery to see the work.

* A group photo/press release meeting will be arranged as the date approaches.

*Artists have 22 days to create two or three plein air paintings in Macon parks and to return to the finished works. A maximum of three paintings will be accepted.

*Artists are free to choose a park or parks to work in. Check-ins to the parks can be reported via text or phone calls and will be shared via social media.

*All work must be for priced for sale with a 40% gallery/ 60% artist commission split.

Hecho en Milledgeville, GA: Paintings by Valerie Aranda

Hecho En Milledgeville, GA:
Paintings by Valerie Aranda
May 4-25th

Valerie Aranda-Artist Bio

Valerie Aranda, a painter, muralist and educator from Arizona, teaches art at Georgia College. She received her BFA in painting from Arizona State University and her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. In describing what motivates her work, Aranda says: “Social justice issues have been central to my personal art, community-based projects, and in the classes I teach. With community-based murals, the focus is on empowering community groups through participatory art-making processes resulting in imagery that reaffirms the experiences and goals of that community group.”


In her paintings and drawings her artwork centers on her Chicana identity and the experience of moving to “the south” from California. “Transplanting myself from the southwest to the south has been both reaffirming and confounding… through my paintings, I explore the intersection of shifting cultures, environments and experiences that at times seem very familiar, but are so different. The paradox of these experiences, cultures and environments are a source of inspiration for me.” “Drawing from my Mexican roots, I examine the negotiating between differing worldviews within the U.S. and across the Americas and my use of culturally affirming imagery is a decolonizing strategy.”


Aranda’s community-based projects include murals in, Milledgeville, GA; Memphis, TN; Athens, GA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and Phoenix, AZ; additionally, she served as an artist in residence with the California Arts Council Artist in Residence program and with San Anto Cultural Arts as their muralist in residence.

She has exhibited her paintings in national venues including: Promega Center, Madison, WI; El Museo Alameda, San Antonio, TX; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA; El Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA; La Posada Cultural Center, San Jose, CA; the Carter Art Center in Kansas City, MO; Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Douglasville Cultural Arts, GA. Aranda’s professional work also includes nine years of service as a board member with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures who is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field.




Fired Works Brings 60 Master Potters to Central City Park

The 13th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale is scheduled for April 14-22, 2018 in Macon’s historic Central City Park. The 2018 show will feature North Georgia’s Ester Lipscomb and 60 master potters from Georgia and the Southeast, with thousands of original works. Fired Works began as a local pottery show and has grown to become the largest exhibit of functional and sculptural pottery in the state of Georgia, and this year, more new events will be added to the agenda.

A Preview Party will be held Friday, April 13 with food, fun, and an exclusive meet and greet with the artists. Attendees also receive the first chance to purchase work before the exhibit opens to the public on Saturday. The nine-day exhibit and sale will again include free clay workshops for kids, adult classes and artist talks.

The mission of Fired Works is to help Southeastern ceramic artists and potters show and sell their work. Fired Works promotes the rich history of pottery in Georgia and its connection to the history of the Ocmulgee River Region. People have made pottery along the banks of the Ocmulgee River for thousands of years and local potters continue this tradition today. In fact, the oldest piece of stamped pottery ever found in North America was found at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.


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Mill Hill Welcomes New Resident Artists

Jeni Hansen-Gard and Forrest Sincoff Gard
Macon Arts Alliance Welcomes Resident Artists for
Mill Hill Community Arts Center in Fort Hawkins
Macon Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of a new resident artist team who will lead and program the new community arts asset in Macon’s first neighborhood. The Mill Hill Community Arts Center Kick-Start Residency is a 6-month residency program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.  Forrest Sincoff Gard and his wife, Jeni Hansen-Gard, bring their combined artistic talents to launch new programming and provide management support for the Mill Hill Community Arts Center in Ft. Hawkins. The residents will also coordinate event rentals to ensure that the 7,000-square foot center can maximize community engagement to become a working neighborhood asset soon after opening. The facility features a large performance stage with sound and lighting, an auditorium (that once housed a full size basketball court), a small gallery, a professional kitchen, a technology toolshed and a large outdoor area, ideal for hosting festivals and artist markets.
Macon Arts Alliance is fortunate to engage two professional artists who applied as a team. The couple will reside in one of the newly renovated artist cottages located on Schell Avenue, just behind the arts center. Forrest and Jeni met at the University of Florida in the ceramics studio in 2010. In 2014, they helped found the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, a craft and social practice organization. Forrest is a ceramic artist and the associate Editor of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines. ­Jeni is a potter and a community-based artist. The artists currently live in Macon, with recent projects at Wesleyan College.
“We are really excited to join the Mill Hill community and bring new life to the Community Arts Center. As current residents of Macon, we love this town, and this residency will allow us the opportunity to contribute to the development of a city we call home. We are eager to work collaboratively with the community as we work towards building a sustainable future. As community-oriented ceramic artists we are eager to begin our residency where engaging with the community is part of our job! ” – Forrest Sincoff Gard and Jeni Hansen Gard

Visual Experiences Shared:Paintings by Carol Griffin & Maureen Persons



Join Macon Arts Alliance for an Opening Reception on April 6 from 5-8 PM to celebrate two artists for a juried exhibit and sale of natural themed arts. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through April 27.


Maureen Persons Artist Statement

Life as an artist is amazing and for me diverse. I think of the toddler learning to walk and soon to run and then to ride a bike. The baby cautiously steps forward to the beckoning yet retreating parent. The goal, the finish line awaits, almost there! Art for me feels just like this! I study, paint, create,and just about the time I think that I am having a ” ta da” moment it is time to kick up the game level. There is much to learn and often I am lured down an unexpected path.

Currently I am working to paint more rapidly and in a more direct and fresh decisive “alla prima” fashion. It is challenging with live models and particularly difficult outdoors with the elements and rapidly changing light. I love the outdoors, but I am not a real camper type! These outdoor paintings called “plein air” are a great resource for studio paintings. These studies are small and direct and finished on sight. I generally like to have time to refine and study a work, not to mention I really enjoy a big canvas! The direct outdoor painting and the alla prima painting I am currently doing with live models is exciting and enriching to my studio work. Just as the curious, determined child reaches for the next challenge, I am always chasing the next quiver in my art experience pack.


Carol Griffin Artist Statement


One of the greatest things about being an artist is learning something new every day. Painting for me is an exciting process of trying to convey a part of myself and what I have taken from my surroundings. I love working with color, trying to control it, but at the same time giving it the freedom of bringing everything together in a painting. The most fun is to start a painting and get totally lost in it! It’s the greatest! I’m thankful for this creative vein that runs through me and connects me with artists all over the world and most of all connects me with the greatest Creator of all.
I always want to improve in my work. That is the biggest motivator of all.
I have been fortunate to take classes from Libby Tolley, Kevin Macpherson, Kim English, Dee Beard Dean, Larry Moore.and Perry Austin. I have also been in workshops with Robert Johnson and Dan Gerhertz.
I have a small studio in the woods behind my house. It is my place to commune with the outdoors, reflect and to get into the creative part of my personality. Painting requires lots of work. I am so thankful for a husband who supports my endeavors in the art world.