Jekyll Island Arts Association at the Goodyear Cottage

Jekyll Island Arts Association  is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of the arts on Jekyll Island, including painting, sculpture, wood carving, music, drama, photography, pottery, fiber arts, weaving, needlework, jewelry and writing.

Through a strong relationship with the Jekyll Island Authority, we have the use of and maintain Goodyear Cottage in the Jekyll Island Historic District, where we  provide free-to-the-public monthly exhibits, an Annual Arts Festival, the Merry Artists holiday collection and the Jekyll singers. The Arts Association also presents  programs on topics in varied artistic disciplines in other venues on the Island.

We are a total voluntary organization where  members contribute their talents to exhibit, teach and learn, as well as display their work for sale in the Goodyear Shop.


The web site is both a tool for the Membership of the Jekyll Island Arts Association and, for visitors to this site, an introduction to who we are and what we do. The red LOGIN at the end of the menu bar is where you as a member can login to your own private accounts within the Web Site. Once logged in your name will appear and you can go directly to the Membership page where all of you Membership Options are listed - Member Directory, Update Membership data ... they will be visible to use. Additionally links on the Shop and Classes pages allow Registrations to be done. This allows you to sign up for Classes, make Entries into the Annual Arts Festival, enter their Artwork into the Goodyear Shop for sales and even Pay Dues - all on-line. You login once, do the tasks you want, and then LOGOUT. You leave the site, knowing the information remains private, as all links are now removed.

Goodyear Cottage Gallery Exhibit ~ February 2018

Helen Carmichael ~ Artist

Helen’s work in oil has garnered many awards as she continues to learn, experiment, and grow her talent.  She seeks the challenge of each new painting and enjoys working in the company of other artists.

Mark See ~ Pottery

Mark often has multiple projects going at one time.  His unique designs take their form in everything from vases and bowls to fanciful outdoor birdhouses which can be found in many local gardens. 

Pete Wagar ~ Pottery

After wheel throwing pots for several years, Pete discovered hand building.  Hand building unleashed his creative imagination, yielding pottery that can be whimsical or dramatic and all of it beautiful. 



There’s Always Something Happening at Goodyear Cottage


JIAA Arts Festival, Merry Artists, Jekyll Singers, Classes and Workshops The Arts Association runs four events a year and numerous workshops. The Merry Artist Market, which runs from Thanksgiving through the New Year, showcases holiday consignments.. The Jekyll Singers Choral Group performs a Christmas Concert in December and a spring concert in March. Classes and workshops, in many artistic disciplines, are offered during fall and winter months.

The Annual Outdoor Arts Festival is a three-day event in March with artwork from members and local high school students judged by the faculty of the Valdosta State University Art Department. Live music, food and drink and educational classes make this a popular annual event for thousands and locals and visitors. 

Shop & Gallery The Shop and the Gallery at Goodyear Cottage host monthly exhibitions from local and national artists, along with consigned artwork for sale.  Demand for exhibition time and space is consistently strong, and the Gallery is booked for years in advance of a showing.

The Shop and Gallery are open Monday through Friday, from noon to 4 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm. The public is invited and admission is free.

The Artists of the Arts Association - Members of the Arts Association pursue varied artistic disciplines.  We are sculptors, painters, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, writers, singers, weavers, potters, quilters, fashion designers, knitters, basket makers, and much more.     More...

Pottery Guild, established in 1976, is a subsidiary organization of the Arts Association with separate membership qualification requirements and dues, as outlined below. The Guild maintains a fully-equipped pottery workshop and studio in the basement of Goodyear Cottage. Experienced members help newcomers learn wheel throwing, hand building, slab, or sculpture work in a community environment. More...

Weaving Guild  Members help newcomers learn to hand weave on floor looms, plan, warp the loom and weave projects. Membership requirements include completion of a beginner weavers class. Beginners’ classes are conducted twice a year.

Presidents Message ~ February 2018


Welcome home to our winter members who are returning to Jekyll Island this year! You make a huge difference in our lives and we are so happy you are back.

Our 2018 year is off to a fantastic start as we enter our busiest months of classes. It’s so rewarding to walk through the parking lot from the very end of the grass because there are so many members taking classes that the front of the parking area is full. Thank you for participating! This is my first year participating as an instructor and have met several new folks through the class.

You are reading this on the redesigned website!  Your login and password will not change, and you will find all your favorite things throughout the new site. Enjoy!

We are still looking for volunteers for a litany of options this year. When searching our new website, look for the link to the Volunteer Sign Up portal under the membership section... please register and check back periodically to sign up for upcoming events or repeat opportunities.

Jekyll Island Arts Association is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, and we need your help! If you take classes, enter items in the shop or the Festival, or anything else that is part of your membership, we’d appreciate your help for a couple of hours a month to help our operations function smoothly...we can always use new smiling faces on the front desk greeting visitors.

Look elsewhere in the newsletter for information on the Festival, which is quickly approaching – March 9 -11, 2018. If you are planning to enter items in the festival, either for the juried portion of the show, or for the Classes tent, be sure to volunteer during the Festival for one or more two hour shifts.

Thanks to Patti Carafano for the great job that she does preparing the Association’s monthly exhibit posters and artists bios.

Bonnie Householder President Jekyll Island Arts Association