The Art League at Oak Hammock is an organization for the purpose of enriching the lives of all Oak Hammock Residents and to encourage growth, activity and interest in the fine arts. ALAOH provides opportunities to share ideas, create and exhibit artworks, improve skills through classes and demonstrations, meet known artists through programs and tours, and view exhibits at regional museums and galleries.
A number of professional artists live at Oak Hammock. Others are hobbyists—some of whom have started drawing, painting and stain glass work since moving to Oak Hammock. An even larger group appreciates and supports the arts. Activities of the Art League include:
Monthly Programs – Featuring talks and/or demonstrations by regional, Oak Hammock, and occasionally internationally known artists. Programs encompass art appreciation, art history, valuation of art, and other interesting topics, including DVDs about famous artists.
Art Classes – Depending on residents’ interest and availability of instructors, these may include classes in watercolor, pastels, acrylics, collage, drawing, colored pencil, stain glass and other painting techniques.
Art Studio – This room provides space for residents to work on their projects, attend art classes and workshops and provides space for resident art shows along with receptions.
The Art Gallery at Oak Hammock – This gallery, which is located in the hallways surrounding Duckworth Garden, is curated by The Gallery Board and chaired by Jane Polkowski (Levy). The Galley presents quarterly exhibits with varying themes, some of which are judged. Opening receptions are held in the Upper Commons area and during judged shows, awards are presented by the judge in the Oak Room. The artists exhibiting their artwork include Oak Hammock Residents as well as regional artists.
Mini Gallery – This Gallery is curated by Midge Smith. An artist is chosen from the outside community to show their work for a period of time. There is a Resident’s Choice award given for the residents’ favorite painting.
Other opportunities for Oak Hammock residents are:
Open Portrait Studio in collaboration with Gainesville Fine Arts Association is held the 1st and 2nd Tuesday evenings of the month with a live model.
Art Critique Sessions are held the 3rd Tuesday evening of the month. Artists can bring in their work in progress for gentle critiquing. These sessions are also open to all residents who would like to come and listen to the discussions
For more information or to become involved contact any member of the steering committee:
Susan Bankston, Chair
Mary Sue Koeppel