Jekyll Island Arts Association Exhibit


The Coastal Photographers and the Jekyll Island Cottage Weavers return to Goodyear Cottage to display their work from November 1-25 during the Jekyll Island Arts Association Exhibit. Hours are weekdays from Noon to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An art reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on November 3 from 1-3 p.m. 


The Cottage Weavers of Jekyll Island originated with the arrival of weaver Kate Rumbaugh in 1977.  She found space for her loom on the second floor of Goodyear Cottage and began to demonstrate weaving each year for the Jekyll Island Arts Festival. When long-time weaver, Betty Smith arrived on the island in 2000, she discovered Kate and moved her loom to Goodyear as well.  Together the two women wove and taught others informally.

As the weaving movement grew, classes were offered through the Jekyll Island Arts Association beginning in 2004. The Arts Association purchased the first three looms, five members bought their own looms, and eight looms were contributed. There are now 25 members of the Cottage Weavers Guild, and the group has 16 floor looms plus four rigid heddle looms. Along with Betty Smith, three other members teach on a regular basis: Kate Hamer, Stephanie Perger, and Patricia Bowman, assisted by many members. Sueanne Pasquarella, one of Kate Rumbaugh’s first students,went on to become president of The Handweavers Guild of America.

The eighty members of the Coastal Photographers Guild create art through their cameras.  From amateur to professional, the members capture their artistic sensibilities, viewpoints, interests and passions in their photographs.  The varied collection for the November Exhibit was selected by Lucy Albenze, owner of Creative Frameworks and curator of the Butch Paxton Gallery.  Her critical eye and excellent framing skills have enhanced the images that represent the unique world view of the photographers.

Guild members also provide images for the annual October CoastFest held by the Department of Natural Resources, while their solo works have been displayed at the Horton Gallery in the Southeast Georgia Health System and the SoGlo Gallery in Brunswick.  The Guild sponsors “The Big Photo Show” held each July at Glynn Visual Arts on St. Simons Island with companion exhibits in the Welcome Center in the Pier Village as well as “The Big Photo Show 2” in Brunswick at the Butch Paxton Gallery. 

The Guild meets on the third Thursday of each month to aid members in improving their skills in all aspects of equipment and photographic techniques.  Thought provoking guest speakers and constructive critiques of recent works highlight the sessions.  All levels of photographers are encouraged to join and participate in Guild activities and the public is welcome to attend the meetings at the Glynn Visual Arts facility.