The Estes Gallery on display at Great Oakes Bank

The Estes Gallery debuts at Great Oaks Bank

Arts on the Coast opens gallery in Richmond Hill

Updated June 23, 2021 at 12:26 p.m.

Great Oaks Bank CEO Mike Odom, Jr. has teamed up with Arts on the Coast to welcome the newest art gallery to Richmond Hill. A highly anticipated event after having been moved multiple times due to COVID restrictions and concerns, the Great Oaks Bank gallery was officially opened and dedicated on June 3. The gallery was dedicated to Barbara and the late Jimmy Estes, founding and integral members of Arts on the Coast.

“The dedication could not be more appropriate. Barbara, with her husband Jimmy by her side, steered the Arts on the Coast through to where it is today. When Odom approached current Arts on the Coast President Sarah Volker about dedicating the gallery, the decision was mutual as Estes played not only a critical role in the founding of the organization, but during her tenure, worked diligently and passionately to bring the community closer to the arts,” says AOC second Vice President, Joy Dunigan.

"It’s a really interesting story from the perspective of the community coming in and supporting the arts versus an arts organization approaching a business about being involved with the arts. The Great Oaks Bank and Arts on the Coast Gallery is a partnership that will surely benefit the community for years to come,” Dunigan said.

Works on display include paintings, photography, and mostly two-dimensional art. The presenting artists are currently active members of Arts on the Coast by SCAD alumnae Joy Dunigan, SCAD alumnae Heather Young, Sarah Volker, Carol Hartley, Leslie Murphy, Paul Downs, Patty Matthews, and Kathy Hatcher.

“Our vision was to make local artwork readily available for the community to enjoy,” stated CEO Mike Odom. “Arts on the Coast has been a pleasure to collaborate with and we are proud to feature their artists in the bank.”

With the help of Arts on the Coast, work on display in the Great Oaks Bank gallery will rotate periodically, keeping a fresh collection of art continuously on view.

The Arts on the Coast has grown every year since its inception. They have members that live here in Richmond Hill, but they also have several members that reside in Pooler, Savannah, Tybee Island, Hinesville, Midway, Brunswick and out toward The Landings. The Arts on the Coast is a very inclusive group, and everyone is always invited to be a member and participate in events held throughout the year, such as the upcoming annual exhibit which is typically its largest and most prestigious event.

For the last six years, Arts on the Coast has held its Annual Art Exhibit at the Photopoint Gallery. Entitled Southbound, the juried show opens on June 24 and is on view through September 11.

“Southbound is an art exhibit visually interpreting Georgia’s vibrant and diverse musical heritage. Fifteen songs have been selected to form the 2021 Arts on the Coast Annual Exhibit Playlist, a list that includes only music performed, arranged, written, composed, produced, and/or created by a music artist from Georgia,” Arts on the Coast said.

Entitled Southbound, the juried show opens on June 24th and is on view through September 11.

The gallery is located at 42 Town Center Richmond Hill, GA. Visit to learn more about Arts on the Coast.

Published June 23, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.


Nicole Youngblut

Nicole Youngblut is a contributing writer for Connect Savannah, where she covers the local art and events scene. As a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she spent many years in New York City as a fashion stylist and promoter. Her passion for biographies, entertainment and the arts is the perfect...
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