Jailhouse Alley Art ShowA group of women, bonded by the love of art, share their artistic abilities one Saturday each fall at the Jailhouse Alley Art Show and Sale. The group spends a year preparing for the annual art show they've sponsored for nearly 40 years.
They use the profits from the sale to pay for art supplies and the art classes where they prepare their works. The Jailhouse Alley Center organization also awards a scholarship to a local high school student interested in art.
Most of the paintings, which include hundreds of landscapes, streetscapes, flowers and fruit, are matted and framed. Hand-painted china will also be on sale.
"We paint everything. You name it and we do it," said Ouida Luckie, the organization's president.
There will be a bargain table where people can get unframed art for as low as $5, and hand-painted calendars for the same price, Luckie said.
Ernie Stofko-Dixon, who teaches the artists, has attended most of the art shows over the years.
"If you went to a gallery you would pay twice as much," Stofko-Dixon said. "If you go there you are going to get a bargain. They try to be fair because they are more interested in people enjoying their work than getting the money for it."
Since 1980, the women, many of them retired and some widows, have met weekly for their art classes with Stofko-Dixon. They laugh, talk and relax while painting at a Lizella studio with a view of Lake Tobesofkee. The women say the classes give them a sense of purpose and keeps them active.
"We feel blessed that God gave us this talent we can use at an older age," said Helen Faircloth, another artist and member of the organization.
Luckie said, "We just love it."
Beth Cleveland, a member of the group chimed in,"We're just real productive senior citizens."
"That's right, and we don't want to quit," Luckie said.
This information excerpted from a story printed in The Macon Telegraph.