Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

514 Green St. NE
Gainesville, GA 30501

770-536-2575
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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

    Family-friendly

    Free Admission

    Handicapped Accessible

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    400

    85

    985

    Payment Options

    American Express

    Discover

    Mastercard

    Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Friday Sketch Club

    Friday Sketch Club

    08/04/2017 - 05/25/2018

    Bring your sketching and/or painting supplies and hone your skills. No experience required. Registration is encouraged, but not required. No instruction provided, proctored by volunteers. Need supplies? Pen Dragon Fine Art Supplies is located in our gift shop!

    First Friday of the Month Draped Model: $5, 1:30-3 p.m.
    Last Friday of the Month Un-Draped Model: $10, 1:30-3 p.m.
    Second Friday of the Month Draped Model: $10, 1:30 - 3:30 pm (extra half hour, for the Long Pose Sessi... read more

  • 70th Annual Members’ Exhibition

    70th Annual Members’ Exhibition

    10/12/2017 - 11/25/2017

    The most popular tradition in the history of the Quinlan, the 70th Annual Members' Exhibition showcases the work of the myriad of member-artists from Gainesville and surrounding North Georgia Communities, Atlanta and the Southeast. Each year of celebration marks yet another season of unparalleled excellence in visual arts programming and celebrates the artists that contribute to that level of excellence. The exhibition will be on view through October 25, 2017.

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  • Date Night

    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 www.qvac.org. For more information, please call (770) 536-2575.

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  • Winter Exhibitions at the Quinlan

    Winter Exhibitions at the Quinlan

    11/30/2017 - 02/18/2018

    Georgia Art League Juried Show, Basil Watson, Rae Boyles, David Wendel The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green Street, N.E. is located in the heart of the historic Green Street district of downtown Gainesville, Georgia. A comprehensive visual arts center operating for almost 70 years for the benefit of the Northeast Georgia community, serving nearly 20,000 guests annually, the regular business hours of the Quinlan are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10... read more

  • Handcrafted for the Holidays

    Handcrafted for the Holidays

    12/02/2017 - 12/03/2017

    The Quinlan celebrates Christmas in STYLE, join us for the festivities with our Handcrafted for the Holidays Event beginning Saturday, December 2 (11 AM – 4 PM) and Sunday, December 3, (3 PM-7 PM) in conjunction with Christmas on Green Street an annual holiday festival, parade and tour of historic homes. Handcrafted for the Holidays Fine Craft Market opens Saturday, December 2 (11 AM – 4 PM) and continues in conjunction with Christmas on Green Street event on Sunday, December 3 at 3 PM on... read more

  • Christmas on Green Street

    Christmas on Green Street

    12/03/2017 - 12/03/2017

    The Hall County Historical Society, Inc. presents Christmas on Green Street each year on the first Sunday in December. This year, 2014, the event will be on Sunday, December 7th from 4:45 - 7:30pm and will begin with an antique car procession. Green Street will be closed from 4:00 - 8:00pm. We offer for the community, especially families and children, a first-rate attraction that kicks off the Christmas season and affords a very inexpensive evening out. Watch the parade from the Quinlan lawn... read more

  • Studio Oil Painting with Debra Nadelhoffer

    Studio Oil Painting with Debra Nadelhoffer

    01/04/2018 - 01/06/2018

    The first day will begin with a still life to promote the importance of working from life and how to go about it. Students will work in a monotone color scheme to get a better understanding of values. Connie likes to demonstrate painting an interior, and a landscape to show that the same steps can be applied to any situation. Color, composition, value, drawing and many useful pointers will be touched on. The whole spectrum of utensils, canvases, mediums, etc. will be discussed. Connie is open... read more

  • Studio Oil Painting with Debra Nadelhoffer

    Studio Oil Painting with Debra Nadelhoffer

    01/04/2018 - 01/06/2018

    This class is focused on how to use photographs to create studio paintings. Students bring photographs to paint from or use those provided by the instructor. Students will choose one photograph for the entire workshop, and the instructor will show students how to use one photo in creating several different paintings. Instructor will emphasize the development of a painting from composition to finish including initial drawing, lay in, color and color mixing. Underpainting techniques for both me... read more

  • Drawing and Painting with Water-soluble Color Pencils with Claire Fratello

    Drawing and Painting with Water-soluble Color Pencils with Claire Fratello

    01/17/2018 - 01/18/2018

    This workshop aims to introduce students to bridging the gap between pencil drawing and watercolor painting, and is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students who are looking for a new perspective. ​Figurative Artist Claire Fratello willl teach students five different ways to turn a color pencil drawing into a rich vibrant watercolor painting. Students will also explore sketching outlines of fruit in color pencil vs. brush and water, with a focus on capturing a range of tonal value... read more

  • Drawing and Painting with Water-soluble Color Pencils with Claire Fratello

    Drawing and Painting with Water-soluble Color Pencils with Claire Fratello

    02/14/2018 - 02/15/2018

    This workshop aims to introduce students to bridging the gap between pencil drawing and watercolor painting, and is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students who are looking for a new perspective. ​Claire Fratello will teach students five different ways to turn a color pencil drawing into a rich vibrant watercolor painting. Students will also explore sketching outlines of fruit in color pencil vs. brush and water, with a focus on capturing a range of tonal values and creating text... read more

  • 40th Annual GALA Fine Art Auction

    40th Annual GALA Fine Art Auction

    02/26/2018 - 03/03/2018

    Join us for our 40th annual Quinlan GALA Art Auction on Saturday, March 3, 2018. GALA 2018 will feature the highest caliber original art work by local, regional and national talents. This black-tie event includes a live and silent fine art auction. The proceeds from the auction directly fund Quinlan programming, including classes, exhibitions and community outreach. Tickets are $125 per person, and $250 per couple. For more information, contact the Quinlan at (770) 536-2575 or read more

  • 15th Annual Youth Art Month

    15th Annual Youth Art Month

    03/16/2018 - 04/07/2018

    Youth Art Month is a nationally celebrated event. Festivities take place traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. The Best in show prize in e... read more

  • 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 - - - -