Our goal is to provide easy access to fine arts education, a gallery, a professional art supply store and working studio space for the South Metro Area. We are a mixture of a co-op and for-profit group of creative people who have created our own village in a 5,000 sq ft. historic building, downtown Fayetteville, GA.
ArtWorks was founded by Kathaleen Brewer in 2009 when she envisioned how an old office building could be converted into studios and a gallery. She knew artists need a reasonably priced venue in which to exhibit and work, and she knew there weren't any facilities in the South and East Metro Atlanta (outside of colleges) where people could come for continued education in the arts. So she went to work. The results have been positive, although Kathaleen realizes there is still a long way to go. Fayette County remains the only Metro Atlanta County without an art center, the only county without a cultural arts category within the Chamber of Commerce, and the only county without a cultural arts commission, coalition or department within any of its cities or county governments. "We are definitely a bootstrap group and hopefully people will realize how a thriving arts community benefits both its citizens and the local economy."
Brief Bio of Kathaleen Brewer
Kathaleen moved to Fayette County in 2005 to be closer to her elderly parents and the 'old home place'. Originally she he had planned to relax and work on her own art, but once she discovered the cultural arts void, she knew something had to be done. She had retired from dental hygiene (BS Degree from USC), and left her position in Ojai, CA, as a city arts commissioner. Kathaleen was very much aware of the interactivity between a thriving cultural arts district and local economy from having been on the arts commission and from founding the Ojai Art Garden venue, which was an ongoing weekend event for tourists. In Fayetteville, Georgia she began by founding the non-profit Fayette Art Center and Gallery, Inc. and had it up and running until the economy tanked in 2007. It's still a viable entity and remains the main backbone of the educational programs. But with non-profits still struggling in todays economy, she prays for an arts benefactor to help buy the building and to purchase a new air conditioning system and kiln.
107 Stonewall Ave. E
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Tues.- Fri: 10AM - 6PM
Sat: 12AM - 6PM