MeccaFest / Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

The Mission of MeccaFest is to highlight a community of artists and the historic City of Carrollton. Come out and visit with us October 10-11, 2015 at 251 Alabama Street Carrollton, GA 30117.

The festival (rated number one event by EMC’s Georgia Magazine) will feature fine artists from across the country that have been chosen by a jury process to participate. Free children’s activities and entertainment are provided and admission to the festival is free.

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Attending Artists / Check out all the attending talent

2015 MeccaFestt Artists

Obayana B Ajanaku – Jewelry – Decatur, GA*

Larry Allen – Clay – Leed , AL

Kathrine Allen-Coleman – Mixed Media – Jackson, GA

Karen Atkinson – Photography – Augusta, GA

Sally Austin – Fiber – Grand Rapids, MI

Randy Ayers –  Clay – Carrollton, GA

Allison Bohorfoush  –  Jewelry – Birmingham, AL*

Matt Bolton Painting – Acrylic/Latex – Bremen, GA

Angela Bond Painting – Acrylic – Decatur, GA

Jamie M. Carnathan – Photography – Birmingham, AL

Dominique Chaponot – Photography – Douglasville, GA

Sergey Cherep – Painting/Oil – Acworth, GA

Debra Cobia – Jewelry – Carrollton, GA

R. Scott Coleman – Painting/Watercolor – Jackson, GA

Brian Colin – Sculpture – Peachtree City, GA

Madeline Corey-Thomas – Accessories and Jewelry – Savanah, GA

Sheron Davis – Glass – Decatur, GA

Stacy Deline – Jewelry – Carrollton, GA

Melanie Drew – Clay/Children’s tent – Carrollton, GA*

Janet Mc Gregor Dunn – Clay – Fayettevile, GA

Seth Fitts – Mixed Media – Whitesburg, GA

RC Fulwiler – Photography – Saugatuck, MI

John Gay – Wood – McDonough, GA

Ray Giddens – Sculpture/Metal – Simpsonville, SC

Amy Gresens – Jewelry – Tucker, GA

Tatyana Hankinson – Painting/Oil – Huntsville, AL*

Helen Helwig – Clay – Villa Rica, GA

Elizabeth Henry – Painting/Acrylic – Villa Rica, GA

Elly Hobgood – Painting/Watercolor – Canton, GA

Johnny Jackson – Reclaimed Wood Furniture – Carrollton, GA

Joel Johnston – Sculpture – Carrollton, GA

Judith Jordan – Painting – Cragford, AL

Lee Laney – Other/Clay and Mixed Media – Franklin, GA

Ken Lockhart – Clay – Heflin, AL

Linda Mace – Other – Mocksville, NC

Jim McKinnon – Clay – Carrollton, GA

Patty McCulla – Glass Bead Maker/Jewelry – Dickson, TN

Don McWhorter – Clay – Carrollton, GA

Erika Mock – Fiber – Superior, WI

Casandra Ninis – Painting/Oil – Carrollton, GA

Leslye Phillips – Jewelry – Atlanta, GA

Charles Pinckney – Jewelry – Athens, GA

Steve Pritchard – Wood – Winston, GA

Allen Quandee – Wood – Jasper, GA

Carol Reynolds – Mixed Media – Sandy Springs, GA

Mary Lynne Robbins – Mixed Media – Trussville, AL

Mike Scott – Metal – LaGrange, GA *

June Shelnut – Mosaic – Bremen, GA

Roger Sibaja – Photography – Tyrone, GA

Suzanne Smith – Painting/Watercolor – Carrollton, GA

Jinsheng Song – Painting – Fort McCoy, FL

Vinnie Sutherland – Metal – Newaygo, MI

Robert Taylor – Metal – Gardendale, AL*

Robert Thompson – Paper Sculpture – Fairburn, GA

Jennifer Vaz – Clay – N. Augusta, SC*

Marc Villanueva – Mixed Media – East Point, GA

Amy Watts – Stain Glass – Temple, GA*

Marilyn Weidenaar – Painting/Acrylic – Villa Rica, GA

David Whikehart – Photography – Hoover, AL

Georgia Southwestern State University Glassblowers – Americus, GA*

Carrollton Creative Writer’s Guild – Carrollton, GA*

Michael MacCauley – Chalk Artist – East Greenwich, RI*

Patron and Corporate Sponsorships / MeccaFest 2015

Dear Patron

If you are planning on attending MeccaFest this year (the second weekend in October) at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, and you know you will probably buy something, please consider participating in the  MeccaFest Patron Purchase program. There will be a reception for participants and artists at the home of Tom and Jan Nielsen on the Friday night before the festival opens for you and a guest to attend. And, you will receive $50 MeccaBucks to spend at the festival for each $50 contributed. So you really are not out any money. These MeccaBucks act as gift certificates to purchase art. Plus you get to present the same artist(s) with an award ribbon(s). Please see application attached for full details. Remember, this is a fun way for you to support exhibiting artists, while taking home beautiful artwork, attend a great party, and present an award.  We look forward to seeing you at MeccaFest and at the party.

Corporate Sponsorships

Work much the same way as Patron Awards. However, businesses may choose whether to use half of their donation to purchase art or to allow the Art Center staff to purchase art for public display in their name.

Corporate Purchase Application
Patron Purchase Application

Photo Gallery / MeccaFest Events

Artist Amenities / Big Show Small town Hospitality

Load In For Artist:

CHECK IN AND SET UP: We will be at the art center at 9:00 a.m. on Friday to begin check in. Please have your picture ID. Most vehicles can drive on to the site for easy unloading. Please bring your weights, as many booths are on concrete. But not to worry, if you forget or need more, the Theatre Department has a ton of them (literally) to loan you. If you are in a grassy area you may use stakes anywhere utility lines are not marked. Close by Artist Parking Directions will be provided in your check-in packet. We have volunteers on site throughout the day and through the night. If you are delayed, give us a call  (770-838-1083) for evening and late night set up arrangements. Artists who need to setup early on Saturday morning, instead, are more that welcome to do so.

$1000 has been added to Artist Awards:  Best in Show increased to $1500 and a new Jennifer Thomas Award for $500, which will be awarded by the MeccaFest Committee.

Cash Awards:

  • Best in show $1500
  • Best in Art $500
  • Best in Craft $500
  • Jennifer Thomas Award $500
  • 15 merit Awards $200 each
  • Thousands in Patron Purchase Awards
  • Robert Roller award

Additional Info:

  • Extensive Multi-Media Advertising
  • Increase in Sponsorship
  • Host Families for Artist upon request
  • Hotel and restaurant discounts
  • 24 hour security
  • Friday night cocktail party
  • Artist Guild covered dish dinner (Saturday Night)
  • After dinner “Open Stage” live entertainment
  • Volunteers to assist as booth sitters and with breakdown and loading
  • Lots of genuine southern hospitality

Children's Activities / Something for Everyone


Face Painting – Pam Lane

Mind Bender – Alan Kuykendall

Little Clay Pots – Melanie Drew

Mixed Media – SCRAP Bin



Michael Macaulay from East Greenwich, RI

All Children’s Activities Are FREE!

Event Sponsors / Thank you for your support

This program is sponsored by the Carrollton Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department.

And Funded in part by:

Southwire • Carroll EMC • Carrollton Visitors Bureau • Georgia Council for the Arts • Alice H. Richards Charitable Fund • Arts Study Club

Application / MeccaFest 2015

Join us for the Twelfth annual Carrollton MeccaFest on October 10 & 11 from 10am to 5pm, sponsored by the Carrollton Artist Guild. We are artists too! The focus on this event will always be on you, the exhibiting artist. We want to provide the best atmosphere possible for our public to be encouraged to buy your artwork. Appropriate entertainment, food, demonstrations, and children’s programs will once again enhance the event.

Please select one of our formats and submit your application to be considered for our Juried event.

Event Location

Carrollton Cultural Arts
251 Alabama Street Carrollton, Georgia 30117
(770) 838-1083

Get Directions


DIRECTIONS TO THE Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
251 Alabama Street Carrollton, GA 30117
(Brick Building with White Dome)

From Atlanta:

Take I-20 west to exit 24, HWY 61. Go south on 61 (becomes 166 then Newnan Street) approx. 13+ miles. After passing through the downtown (Adamson’s Square) continue west one block, (Newnan St becomes Alabama St.) Carrollton Cultural Arts Center is on the right.

From Birmingham:

Take I-20 east to exit 11, HWY 27. Go south on 27 approx. 9+ miles to left on Alabama St. The Cultural Arts Center is one block east on the left. Hint: if you pass under the Railroad bridge you’ve gone too far south on 27. Turn around and backtrack, then turn right on Maple or Alabama.

From points South:

I-85 North to Newnan exit 41. Go through Newnan Follow Alt. 27 / HWY 16 north to Carrollton. Turn left on Newnan St. in Carrollton.
Go west on Newnan St though the downtown (Adamson’s Square), continue west one block, (Newnan St. becomes Alabama St.) Cultural Arts Center is on the right.

I-75 North to West on I-20.

Follow directions from Atlanta (above).

Artists who are traveling and planning to stay in campers should contact Penny Lewis at 770-838-1083 for walking distance overnight parking or for State Park campground information.

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