Brush strokes on canvas, a dip of pen in ink or words etched in time. The senses ignite. Creativity springs to life. Talents are discovered. New passions are explored. It all happens in a place dedicated to the arts — the Hinesville Area Arts Council’s downtown Hinesville gallery on South Commerce Street.
Though HAAC was founded in 1989, it has burst onto the arts scene in recent years.
“We’re dabbling in music, drama, writing, photography, painting, culinary arts and much more,” Chairwoman Leah Poole said. “Participants make new friends, develop their creative side and have fun.”
The HAAC’s goal is to further the art and cultural offerings in Liberty County. The gallery provides a central location for exhibits, events, classes and tours. The artist co-op program allows artists to apply for class space and in exchange for every class hour, the artists donate two hours of their time to keep the HAAC gallery open for the public.
Plenty happens outside the gallery, too.
“We sponsor the annual Blues & BBQ — a crowd favorite. We’ve hosted photography exhibits and contests along with calligraphy classes, author book signings and cooking with world-class chefs. We’re adding offerings all the time, including a series of writing workshops beginning in October,” Poole said.
Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Buehler added, “Our community theater in Liberty County is a wonderful way for residents to enjoy a night out for entertainment without having to travel to Savannah. It is also an excellent way for families on Fort Stewart to get involved in activities off post.”
The Hinesville Area Art’s Council drums up interest in its new endeavors and provides a place for artists to showcase their work thanks to the efforts of members and sponsors.
HAAC supporters include the Liberty County Commission, the city of Hinesville, Target, the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and others.