The Jekyll Island Arts Association (JIAA) offers members the opportunity to take classes during the months of September through March. Most of these classes are held at Goodyear Cottage, however, in recent years, some have been held offsite. The catalog for the Fall classes (September through December) is released during the summer and the winter catalog (January through March) is generally released in November. Class participation is only open to members, and Membership dues are $30. Current class offerings include topics of: Basketry, Drawing, Fabric and Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Mosaics, Music, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sports/Games, and Writing.
In 2016, JIAA reinstated its Support of Arts in the Schools and donates $3,200 to the Glynn County Schools for the pourpose of supporting the arts departments in the individual schools. Additionally, professionals in many disciplines volunteered to go into the schools to demonstrate their art for the students. A Performing Arts Scholarship is also being offered to a Glynn County Schools senior who is attending higher education to pursue a career in the arts.
http://www.jekyllartists.com is a non-profit membership organization interested in enjoying and promoting the arts: painting, sculpture, wood carving, music, drama, photography, pottery, weaving, needlework and ceramics. We have the use of and maintain Goodyear Cottage in the Jekyll Island Historic District, where we provide free to the public monthly exhibits in the gallery. Monthly programs on topics in varied artistic disciplines are presented in other venues.
The Association maintains and staffs a gift shop in Goodyear Cottage with the work of members displayed on consignment. Goodyear Cottage is open daily Monday-Friday from 12 noon to 4 pm and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, except on holidays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Consignees must be members and are expected to assist in manning the shop. See the "Goodyear Shop" page at the JIAA website for more information.
Special events include an annual 3-day Arts Festival in March, Concerts by the Jekyll Singers and an annual dinner in May.
The Pottery Guild
The guild is a subsidiary organization of the Arts Association with separate membership, qualification requirements and dues as outlined on the JIAA website. The Guild maintains a shop in the basement of Goodyear Cottage. JIAA members may sign up for classes to learn wheel throwing,hand building, or sculpture work. The Guild participates in the Tidelands Nature Festival, the Manna Soup Bowl Dinner, and the Jekyll Island Arts Festival, all held annually. The Guild also hosts a visiting artist weekend every January. The Guild meets at 4 pm the second Wednesday of each month from September through June in the pottery studio.
Faced with capacity limitations, the Guild has two categories of membership -- full members and summer members. In addition, full membership entails an apprenticeship. Guidelines and applications for each category of membership are available on the Arts Association website at http://www.jekyllartists.com
Soup Bowls for Manna House
Members of Jekyll Island Pottery Guild recently undertook the Annual Project of providing Soup Bowls as fundraising for Manna House of Brunswick. Pottery Guild members created the bowls which were used for a Soup Bowl Dinner provided by members of St. Richard's Episcopal Church Women of Jekyll Island.
The Weaving Guild
The Guild is made up of members who are learning how to hand weave on floor looms. Members help newcomers learn to plan, warp the loom and weave projects. To join the Guild, new members must first have completed a beginner weavers class. The weaving studio on the second floor of Goodyear is open Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm. All equipment is furnished.
Members bring handwork, sewing, knitting, embroidery, crocheting, quilting or whatever. The group meets each Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm in the second floor of Goodyear.
The Jekyll Island Singers
For those who love to sing, here is something for you. The Group presents the annual Christmas program in December and performs at other events during the year. Jekyll Singers meet each Monday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Methodist Church. There are no additional dues to join the Jekyll Island Singers but it is required that you be a member of the Jekyll Island Arts Association.