OCAC marks 6th year, plans summer classes

Published 12:16 am Tuesday, May 25, 2010

For six years, the Opp Cultural Arts Council and its volunteers have worked to bring the arts in all its forms to the city and its residents, said vice president Virginia Dowling.

Terri Camp shows off some of her recent selections featured at the Opp Cultural Arts building.

In fact, for the artistic faithful, the OCAC has several things on tap in the coming months, ranging from children’s art workshops to adult painting classes .

The organization will participate in the Wiregrass Museum of Art Exhibit, “Handed Down and Passed Along: A Legacy of Wiregrass Arts.”

Dowling said exhibit, which will be held Sept. 13 through the month of October, will feature works of 18 area artists.

The exhibit will also be on display at the Andalusia Public Library in August through Sept. 10, and in Opp, the show will be on exhibit in time for Opp Fest.

OCAC will also hold a juried children’s and adult art show in conjunction with the Opp Fest event, which is set for Oct. 30.

In addition, several workshops are in the works for the near future, including a portrait demonstration with a live model by Colleen Guy. Another workshop coming up will feature stained glass and will be taught by John Hogath.

Dowling said the times for these workshops have not been set, but they are in the process of organizing the events.

Currently on display at the OCAC are more than 15 local artists.

Board member Anita Ellis said that many of the local artists are known far and wide for their artistic talents.

“Even though they are local artists, they have shown out of state. In fact, a lot of our artists are known for showing out of state,” Ellis said. “Toby Hollinghead shows in Florida and Terri Camp shows in many states.”

Camp, who was caught in Opp on the way to show her work at several exhibits in St. Augustine, Fla., said she has recently, began a series of Native American paintings.

Camp said she is most known for her gourd art.

“I moved to Alabama several years ago and thought it would be great to decorate these gourds,” she said.

Beginning in June, the OCAC will hold special art workshops for school-aged children on Wednesday afternoons.

The workshops will include painting, glass art, tissue art and maybe an introduction to clay, Ellis said.

Ellis said the organization, which 150 members strong, is always seeking new members.

Membership is one of the ways the organization continues to run, she said, and the organization is also in need or corporate sponsors and other donations.

To join or to register for an upcoming children’s art class or other workshop, e-mail the organization at ocac@oppcatv.com,” Dowling said.