About The Elmore County Art Guild
The concept of forming the Elmore County Art Guild began as an idea discussed by several Elmore County artists. The first organizational meeting was held in Wetumpka on January 26, 1985, at the home of Jo Glenn a former mayor of Wetumpka. Founding members include: Doris Bell, Duane Bratton, Martha Connell, Eula Dickson, Barbara Fitzgerald, Jo Glenn, Judy Lea Graves, Ora Kniskern, Margaret Knox, Reba Matthews, Betty Meadows, Ann Morrow, Frances Spence, and Mildred Trotter.
Today, the membership is made up of approximately 80 diverse individuals with varying backgrounds and interest. Regular meetings, which include educational programs, are held on a monthly basis with the exception of June, July, and August. The primary objective of the Guild is to advance and promote the appreciation, enjoyment and exhibition of the visual arts, for the mutual improvement, cultural benefit, and social enlightenment of Guild members and the public at large.
In addition to organizing annual adjudicated exhibitions, the Guild maintains regular ongoing exhibits at the Wetumpka Depot Players theater, the Wetumpka Public Library, and the Wetumpka City Hall. The Guild’s signature exhibition is the Annual Guild Show is typically held in February of each year at the Wetumpka City Hall located at 408 South Main Street in Wetumpka. The Guild also sponsors several community outreach projects.
35th Annual Guild Show
The much anticipated annual event offers artists and excellent opportunity to sell and display their work. The 2019 show will open on February 15 and close on February 22. The 2018 show was the largest every. The Annual Guild Show is an adjudicated show with awards given in the following categories: Two-Dimensional Not Under Glass, Two-Dimensional Under Glass, Three-Dimensional & Pottery, Photography & Printmaking.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of 9 individuals dedicated to promoting the arts. Two directors are elected each year by the membership for a two-year term.
- Shirley Esco: President
- Barbara Bryan Vice-President
- Richard Harbin: Treasurer
- Manjula Kumar: Secretary
- Doris Bell, Robert Bowden, Mark Harris, Joe Allen Turner, Sandra McMahan