April Artist Spotlight

I work in a wide variety of mediums, focusing primarily on acrylic and gouache painting, pen and ink illustration, and graphite and charcoal drawings. My work stems from a love of illustration and graphic novels fostered as a child.

McEachern Art Center will be hosting an art show for graduating seniors of Mercer University on April 15th. Among the artists exhibiting is Isabel Newberry, a current Board Member of the St. Francis Arts Center.

Isabel’s artwork featured in the show is the culmination of almost two years of work. The painting pictured above is one of eight pieces dealing with the theme of depression and chronic illness during a time of isolation.

Isabel currently works in a wide range of mediums doing commissions for local businesses, however, she is looking forward to a career in illustrating graphic novels or teaching art. You can find her online portfolio here.

The Senior Exhibition opens on April 15, 6-8 PM at the McEachern Art Center located at 332 Second St, Macon GA. Admission is free. Normal gallery hours are from 4-8 PM and if you would like to know more about the gallery and what they do, you can visit their website.

Pop-Up Art in a Bag

Pop-up: Art in a Bag
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Curbside pick-up 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come drive by St. Francis Arts Center and pick up a
free Art in a Bag project while supplies last!
Paint a Visionary Woman in honor of Women’s History Month.
*Face masks are required for pick-up.
We look forward to seeing you there!

We Are Still Here!

Dear Members, Donors, and Friends
We have some exciting news to share with you!
During these turbulent and challenging times, your Saint Francis Arts Center continues to provide support to our partners through online and pop-up classes and our outreach programs, as well as rigorous planning for after COVID.

The St. Francis Arts Center helps make artistic expression possible for both children and adults. We want to sincerely thank you for your past support and participation. Hopefully, all our lives will take on more regularity over the next several months. In the meantime, we wish you and your families good health and normalcy very soon.

We are committed to serving children and adults through hands-on experience in painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, and to the integration of fine arts into the community’s everyday life.

We need your help to keep the St. Francis Arts Center’s vision alive!

You ca now renew your membership online! Membership levels include:

Master Artist – $500+

Artist’s Pallet – $250-499

Benefactor – $100-249

Family – $50

Individual – $40

Student/Senior – $25

If you prefer to simply make a gift to the Center, we are most appreciative.

For all Membership Dues or Donations, you can click the DONATE button below or mail your gift to:

St. Francis Arts Center P.O. Box 27371, Macon, Georgia, 31221

Your tax-deductible gift (SFAC is a 501c3) will provide much needed support to make community outreach and fine arts classes possible!


Vision Boards and Charcoal

Our boys from the GA Industrial Children’s Home are having a blast this semester with the many fun projects we have planned for them. They started the new year with a vision board workshop, using an assortment of items and media to create multimedia vision boards. Then they moved on to learning all about charcoal.

This program is about so much more than learning art techniques. We have seen the boys develop and grow personally, really coming out of their shells and beginning to engage meaningfully with the world around them.

St. Francis Day Festival

Fun and games at a previous St. Francis Day Festival

The St. Francis Arts Center hopes to see everyone at the annual St. Francis Day Festival. Hosted by St. Francis Episcopal Church, this year’s celebration will include an arts and crafts fair, games, horse rides, inflatables, and animal blessings as a part of the family friendly festival. The St. Francis Arts Center gift shop will be open during this event, and the Arts Center staff will conduct tours of the Center at 11am and 3pm. Admission to the festival is free, although the church will accept donations to support local outreach ministries, which include Loaves and Fishes, Daybreak, and the Macon Volunteer Clinic.

“The St. Francis Festival grows out of a desire at St. Francis Episcopal Church to better serve our community,” said Joseph Whidby, lead event planner. “In the spirit of our patron saint, we want to be a voice of service, compassion, unity, and love to those around us. The festival is our way of making our circle wider and getting to know our neighbors.”

The Festival begins Friday evening with a concert, and continues on Saturday from 10am-3pm. All are welcome!

See below for the full schedule of events:

8 p.m. Friday, October 4

• Concert featuring blueskyblue – Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Attendees are welcome to bring food and beverages.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 5

• Arts and Crafts Fair – Local artisans will sell their wares – jewelry, soaps, sweet treats, and more – on the church lawn. The St. Francis Arts Center gift shop will also be open, and tours of the Arts Center will be held at 11am and 3pm.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive – Give the gift of life while enjoying the festival.

• Kid Friendly Activities – Games, horse rides, inflatables.

• Animal Blessings – Have your beloved pets blessed by St. Francis clergy.

• Food, soda, and water will be available for purchase during the festival.

Call for Artists: December Show & Sale

Calling all artists! The St. Francis Arts Center will be hosting an art show and sale December 6-8, 2019. This show is open to all mediums, and there is no particular theme. In addition to submitting pieces for the show, you may also submit items for consideration for the gift shop (prints, small arts/crafts).

  • This theme for this show is open (no theme).
  • All mediums accepted.
  • Artists may submit as many pieces as they would like for consideration, but only up to 3 will be accepted to the show. 
  • Pieces may be submitted online through EntryThingy.com. 
  • All pieces must be original, not previously shown in our gallery, and available for sale throughout the entirety of the show.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang/display (framed, hanging hardware, etc.).
  • Artists will be required to sign an artist exhibition agreement.
  • Artists will receive 70% of any sale of their work, and the St. Francis Arts Center will retain a 30% commission.
  • Hanging fee is $10 per piece accepted, and hanging fees are waived for members of the St. Francis Arts Center.
  • Artists may also submit items for sale in our gift shop (small pieces of art, prints, cards, etc.), and they will receive 70% of sale of that work as well (30% retained by St. Francis Arts Center).

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2019.

Application for entry can be found at https://www.entrythingy.com/d=stfrancisarts.com

Freedom School

Freedom School is a nationwide initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund to increase literacy and provide cultural enrichment for children. Macon’s Freedom School is funded by Appleton Episcopal Ministries, and serves 50 rising 1st-3rd graders for six weeks each summer. The St. Francis Arts Center partners with Macon Freedom School to provide literacy through arts enrichment for the students.

This year, the Freedom School students will be with us June 24-28, and July 8-12. We will be reading and learning about our cold-blooded friends in Miles and Miles of Reptiles: All About Reptiles by Tish Rabe. Each child will receive a book to take home, and will create original works of art to take home.

Please contact the St. Francis Arts Center at sfacmaconga@gmail.com to help with this worthwhile program.

By Tish Rabe

Tai Chi at St. Francis Arts

Did you know there is a tai chi class offered at the St. Francis Arts Center. Led by Jeff Hobaugh, this gentle movement class helps ease stress and improve physical condition.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition, originally developed for self-defense. Today it is described as “meditation in motion, and consists of a series of slow, gentle movements combined with breathing. It is low impact, and suitable for folks of all levels of fitness.

Classes are Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm, and Saturday mornings at 9:00am. Cost is $50/month, or $15 per class, no contracts.

Coffee & Creativity

Join us on the first Saturday of each month for Coffee & Creativity!

Our next session is Saturday, April 6, from 10am-12pm, and we will be making coffee candles! In honor of Earth Day in April, we’ll be recycling used glass frappuccino bottles to make coffee scented candles. The cost is $25, and each participant will make two candles.