Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

514 Green St. NE
Gainesville, GA 30501

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For more than 60 years, the Quinlan has provided extensive opportunities in the arts to the growing, culturally rich community of Gainesville. Located on historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, we are the only facility of this size and scope in Northeast Georgia, and the oldest arts organization north of Atlanta.

A haven for artists, collectors, students and art appreciators, the Quinlan has something to suit everyone's artistic needs. Initially known as the Gainesville Art Association, the Quinlan can trace its origin to a 1946 meeting of artists.

The current facility was initially dedicated in 1964 and expanded in 2004. There are five gallery spaces that host at least seven major exhibitions annually, featuring original two- and three-dimensional works of art in all media ranging from realism, folk art, abstracts, impressionistic works, landscapes, still life, portraits and photography.  

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Rates Call or See Website

    Facility Amenities

    Dance Floor

    Free Parking

    Meeting Facilities

    Parking on Site

    Public Restrooms

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Handicapped Accessible

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway




    Payment Options

    American Express




    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Quinlan Center Date Night

    Quinlan Center Date Night

    10/17/2017 - 12/18/2018

    Date Nights are unique art experiences that help you to tap into your inner artist and pull out a true masterpiece! Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bring your significant other, child, friend, co-worker, etc. In 2 hours, you will leave with a finished art piece you may display and be proud of. You can also create your own private party, pick your own theme or choose one of ours. This event is for all skill levels, no prior experience necessary. Call to sch... read more

  • Beauty of Fall: Classes with Joan Darflinger

    Beauty of Fall: Classes with Joan Darflinger

    10/24/2017 - 11/28/2018

    This beautiful Fall scene will teach you how to achieve atmosphere in your paintings, distance, trees, foliage, grasses and the use of the palette knife to create texture. As always, you will learn a wealth of painting techniques in Joan's classes. Joan will demonstrate every step. Supply list on our web site For more information, please call (770) 536-2575.

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  • Open Pottery Studio

    Open Pottery Studio

    07/03/2018 - 07/03/2018

    Open Studio is self-guided work time and a service for students who are currently enrolled in a hand-building or pottery wheel class at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. Registration is required. Take advantage of our facility with an instructor available should you need assistance. The cost is $20 per session for up to two hours of studio time. Call 770-536-2575 or email [email protected].

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  • Hands on Art Exhibition

    Hands on Art Exhibition

    07/07/2018 - 07/07/2018

    Comprehensive tours focus on our current exhibitions. You'll learn about the history and the techniques used by the artists in the current exhibition. The best part is YOU create your own artwork! All supplies included. Projects may include collage, clay sculpture, paint-with-me still life, texturized paintings, or sketching from a figure. Your group chooses the project you wish to create. This exhibition is perfect for home school groups and field trips!

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  • Fast & Furious Florals in Acrylic with Melanie Morris

    Fast & Furious Florals in Acrylic with Melanie Morris

    09/07/2018 - 09/08/2018

    ​Join Melanie for a fast-paced workshop that will help you create fresher and more intuitive acrylic paintings. The class will paint from life so each student will choose a floral from a number of arrangements that will be provided. Melanie will start the class by walking students through how to create a successful floral painting – from composition to color mixing. The class will then paint a series of timed, small paintings with individual instruction. Melanie will start each timed pain... read more

Meeting Rooms

  • Name Dimensions Ceiling Ht Sq. Feet Banquet Cap. Theater Cap. Classroom Cap. U-Shaped Cap. Exhibit Cap. Conference Cap. Reception Cap.
    Edith Quinlan Rankin Conference Room - - 540.0 - - - - - 20 -
    Deluxe Rental Banquet Space - - 4040.0 300 - - - 300 - 300
    Art Studios and Classrooms - - 4040.0 - - 30 - - - -