Stunning NOVAS Exhibit Opens

Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County will exhibit the annual National Open Visual Arts Show or “NOVAS” in September. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception hosted by the Douglas County Art Guild on Thursday, September 6th from 6 until 8 pm at the Cultural Arts Council and it will be on exhibit through September26th. The opening reception and gallery admission is free to the public. The show is open during our regular business hours and special gallery tours are available by appointment. NOVAS 2018 features forty-seven artists from across the country and local favorites working in different media ranging from oil painting to glass sculpture.


This juried show will be awarding $1000 worth of cash prizes sponsored by Douglasville Convention & Visitors Bureau to artists placing first, second, third, and honorable mention in the competition.  The Convention & Visitors Bureau is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Douglasville just off of I-20. The Convention & Visitors Bureau is the perfect place to begin your visit! Not only can the CVB help you find information on the immediate area, but for most of the cities and attractions inside the state of Georgia. So make plans to stop in and learn all about the countless activities that are awaiting you! Visit, to find great itineraries for your visit!


This year’s jury panel welcomes Savannah College of Art & Design professors Matthew Maloney, Alessandro Imperato, and Tila Studio owner Tiffany Latrice.  The judges will select the artwork for the exhibit and determine the award recipients. The Douglas County Art Guild will also be presenting the Mary Ann Carney Award for excellence in painting.


A diverse variety of styles and artists are celebrated in this national exhibition. NOVAS 2018 is the CAC’s largest group show of the year. Photographer, Diane Yancey will be showcasing her photography skills with her “Cabin in the Snow”. Antoine Williams has created a vibrant acrylic painting depicting “A Mother’s Love”.  Ann Cockerill submitted three colorful and stunning acrylic paintings that celebrate the beauty of nature.  Pokey Park, who is always a favorite, is showcasing two works of art that depict her eclectic sculpture style.  Detailed graphite, oil painting and crystals by New York artist Gail Postal hang gracefully on the walls next to vibrant dabs of color dappling an abstract painting by local Grete Carder. Be sure to make it out for the reception for light refreshments, drinks, and to meet the artists in person. The competition winners will be announced that night.  With the variety of work, NOVAS is sure to feature something for everybody. Come celebrate the arts at the CAC!


The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County will also be hosting “Creative Headshots” on September 6th. Are you an artist or creative still lacking a professional headshot? We can fix that. Creative Headshots Day with Janet Newton will be held on September 6th from 5 – 7 pm during the opening reception of the National Open Visual Arts Show. For only $35 you will receive one (1) high-quality headshot that will keep your website and social media pages looking professional and up to date.  Registration will open soon.


The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions and more information, visit or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770.949.2787.



The mission of the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite groups. The Cultural Arts Council is supported in part by the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.