DEC 18, 2017
The Okefenokee Heritage Center in Waycross, GA is proud to fulfill the needs of our community by providing art and history outreach and education. Art education has historically helped students improve their grades, find fulfillment in their lives, and prepare them for careers.

Starting in January the Okefenokee Heritage Center will be providing art and music lessons for students ages 4 through adults.

Crystal Murphy will be offering instruction on violin, piano, fiddle, ukulele, guitar and more beginning in January. Crystal was born in North Ga mountains where she learned to play bluegrass fiddle. She is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a degree in violin and music education. She has played with the Coastal Symphony for 5 years. She enjoys playing weddings and special events in the community. Lessons are for all ages and will begin in January. $20 for a half hour session. All ages are welcome.


Picture 1 & 2 – By Angela Carstens


Angela Carstens will be teaching private art lessons as well as a class about art history and God in Art for our younger students. Angela is a native of West Palm Beach, FL with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Art History. Art has always been a strong passion and talent of mine. Her favorite mediums to work with include chalk pastels, pencil drawing, and acrylic painting.Students will be learning more in depth about art history, and covering the basic skills to build a strong art foundation for life. Group classes are $20 an hour and private lessons are $25 an hour.

Preston King, fine arts major from Valdosta State University, will be teaching a class for adults starting the third week of January. This class will teach beginners basics about different mediums of painting with different types of materials, from pastels to acrylics and oils. It will also encourage those who are experienced to expand their knowledge into different methods of paint. The class will also include opportunities to learn about the art of plein air painting. One hour sessions are $25.

All of these classes will be at the Okefenokee Heritage Center and times for lessons are flexible. For more information, or to sign up, please contact the Okefenokee Heritage Center at (912) 285-4260 or email

42nd Annual Judge Ben Smith Art Competition

The Okefenokee Heritage Center is proud to host the 42nd annual Judge Ben Smith Art Competition. Contestants can enter 2 pieces in the categories of Painting, Graphic Design, 3-Dimensional, and Photography. This year artists of every age, professional or amateur, are welcome to attend.

OHC Yoga Classes

The Okefenokee Heritage Center is proud to host a yoga class focused on healing. Teacher Mary Lewis, a registered teacher with the yoga alliance, will begin teaching Saturday, September 8th, from 11 am – 12 pm. “I want to take away some of the stigma of yoga. This...

Paint & Sip

Muralist and teacher, Angela Carstens, will be teaching an art class at the Okefenokee Heritage Center September 8th. From 2 pm - 4 pm students can be introduced to the world of art and leave with a masterpiece. "We really wanted to bring art to everyone, and what...

Summer of the Arts

The Okefenokee Heritage Center has been proud to host two summer camps featuring dramatic and visual arts. Both camps were sponsored by grants from Georgia Council of the Arts, the National Endowments for the Arts, and South Arts, Inc. In June a dozen students came...

Okee Arts Fest UPDATE!

SEPT 22, 2018
This is the second annual Festival of the Arts and will be held from 9:00 – 2:00 on September 22, at the City Hall, Downtown Waycross. Our Okee Arts Fest is all about celebrating the different and numerous artists we have in the Okefenokee area.

Art Summer Camps UPDATE!

July 2018
The Okefenokee Heritage Center is proud to host our annual Art Camp for students ages 5-16.