For over 65 years, Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) has been your community arts center.  This is important to know because in any vibrant community, the art center is the always the heART of the community.  That has never been more true than with Glynn Visual Arts.

GVA provides St. Simons Island and the broader Golden Isles community with a center for creative expression, a source of art education, and a showcase for art and artists both local and nationally celebrated. Annually we offer over a dozen exhibitions, three (3) major art festivals, a variety of classes for adults and children including kid’s summer camps, and a host of other opportunities for the community to learn about and benefit from art.

Going even deeper, GVA is an important resource for reaching into the greater Golden Isles community to help children who need help the most. Through our collaboration with organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, and Safe Harbor, which provides social services for at-risk youth, other support initiatives including Second Harvest Food Bank, Glynn County Public Schools, and programs for stoke victims thought Brain RE-CONNECT which provides art rehabilitation programs for the critically brain injured, GVA’s contributions to the community are clear. And there is much more to tell… more than we can share in this short letter.

GVA is a 501c3 non-profit association supported solely by memberships, sponsorships, grants and our continuing programming. We need your support to continue to provide high quality programming in the way of renowned artist exhibitions and workshops, adult and children's classes as well as community outreach. Glynn Visual Arts is grateful for any level of giving. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and thank you from the bottom of our heARTs!



Susan Ryles

Executive Director

Glynn Visual Arts                                                                                                                                                 

Vernon Lee Hurley Youth Arts Scholarship Fund

A dear member of our community passed away suddenly on May 17, 2018.  His wife has asked that a scholarship fund be set up in his name to help young artists with the opportunity to take classes and summer camps that normally would not have the opportunity to do so. Vernon was a painter and understood the importance of arts opportunities for our young artists. He was an active member in the Glynn Visual Arts community along with his wife, Anne. It is our honor to create this fund in his name and to help make sure that more young artists have a chance to take art classes and workshops here at GVA. Thank you for your donation in his honor.


Tribute to Debbie Craig, Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) Pottery Studio Director and Teacher

Debbie Craig studied her craft at the University of Georgia and abroad in Cortona, Italy. For over 30 years she has been both a studio potter and a teacher of ceramics to adults and children on the Georgia coast. Her work consists of wheel-thrown and hand-built stoneware for everyday use.

Debbie has taught a variety of adult and children’s classes including ongoing pottery classes, kid’s summer camps and specialty workshops at GVA as well as at Jekyll Island Arts Association and the College of Coastal Georgia. She has also been responsible for bringing in acclaimed instructors like Ron Myers for workshops exposing our community to other well known ceramic artists as well as making high level instruction available to our pottery students. Not only does she teach but she also continues to create her own artwork and participate in shows in the area.

Debbie has put her heart and soul into her craft and into promoting ceramics and the arts in our community. She often provided and donated her own personal tools and equipment to the GVA studio. As GVA’s Pottery Studio Director, she handled all of the firing of student work as well as the administrative and management duties of the GVA pottery studio. She was instrumental in starting the “The Empty Bowl Project” at GVA, a pottery program benefiting America’s Second Harvest Food Bank in Brunswick, as well as teaching the classes for the initiative.

As a dedicated and driving force in the ceramics and artistic community in general, Debbie's reach has spanned generations and has been felt on a deep level. Her expert and patient instruction has launched many a student, both adults and children, into the exploration of clay as an artistic medium or a fun and satisfying hobby. We are now beginning to see students who took classes as a child from Debbie, returning to take classes from her again as an adult.


Effective June 1, 2018, Debbie is semi-retiring. She will no longer be the Pottery Studio Manager at Glynn Visual Arts but she will continue teaching at GVA and the College of Coastal Georgia.

We are fortunate to have had her with us all these years and we wish Debbie all the best as she transitions into this new phase of life. Thank you Debbie Craig!

GVA is in dire need of a new kiln shed for our pottery studio. We need more space and the old one is rusting out and leaking. We have raised some money for it from grants but we still have a ways to go. Many of the pottery studio members asked if they might be able to donate toward the shed to commemorate Debbie Craig's career with GVA. If you'd like to donate to the new kiln shed project  to commemorate Debbie's retirement, please click below and thanks!