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

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway

    400, 85, 985

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • 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

  • Quinlan Fall Exhibitions

    Quinlan Fall Exhibitions

    08/17/2017 - 10/07/2017

    Join us for an exhibition featuring the Georgia Watercolor Society, Max Muller, Joseph Emery, Christopher Sherry. The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is located in the heart of the historic Green Street district of downtown Gainesville, Georgia. Admission to view the galleries is always free to the public. For more information, please call (770) 536-2575, and for exhibition information and photographs, please view the website at

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  • Hills  are Alive: Classes with Joan Darflinger

    Hills are Alive: Classes with Joan Darflinger

    09/12/2017 - 10/17/2017

    Learn how to create beautiful art, even for the beginner, in Joan Darflinger's fun class, The Hills are Alive. Joan will teach you how to create amazing snow capped mountains. All levels are welcome. This class will be held on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m, September 12 to October 17 at Quinlan Visual Arts Center. Email Joan at [email protected] for more information.

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  • Studio Oil Painting with John Guernsey

    Studio Oil Painting with John Guernsey

    09/21/2017 - 09/23/2017

    Learn the importance of color theory, light and shadow theory, and direct observation, to create paintings with a professional and dynamic look. Through a variety of lecture, demonstration, and one on one assistance, you be challenged to apply some unique techniques, and to think in new ways about oil painting. We'll cover landscape, cityscape, and still life subject matter. We will also cover additional topics, such as brushwork, composition, and materials advice. Plan on painting several sm... read more

  • UniQue Artisan Craft Festival - 4 Day Event

    UniQue Artisan Craft Festival - 4 Day Event

    09/28/2017 - 10/01/2017

    Join us at Quinlan Visual Arts Center for a multi-day event for fine craft artists and artisans and their enthusiastic collectors with fundraising for the Q in mind. UniQue is a juried fine craft show. Artists will be showcased in a market setting for the duration of the 4-day event with opportunities to meet the artists as well as other hands-on activities.

    Located on Historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, the center is host to 20 major exhibitions annually. We offer worksh... read more

  • Pan Pastel: A Truly New Art Medium

    Pan Pastel: A Truly New Art Medium

    10/06/2017 - 10/06/2017

    Discover a completely new range of colors for artists. PanPastel is the world's first range of pastel colors that can be applied like paint. The idea behind the development of PanPastel was to create a dry color medium that would work like a fluid paint. PanPastel Colors are professional artists' quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply pastel (dry) color like paint for the first time.... read more

  • Oil Painting with Connie Winters

    Oil Painting with Connie Winters

    10/06/2017 - 10/07/2017

    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

  • 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.

    Located on Historic Green... read more

  • Color Mixing in Oil with Connie Lynn Reilly

    Color Mixing in Oil with Connie Lynn Reilly

    10/12/2017 - 10/14/2017

    Connie is a Michael Wilcox "School of Color" instructor and will explain how to mix color using "Split Primary Colors" and the "Color Bias Wheel." Artists will experience first hand how to mix color and will come away with a better understanding of what is in their tubes of paint and how to mix the colors they want in their painting. Students who paint portraits, landscapes, and still life can benefit from this workshop. This is a color mixing workshop; not a painting class. Each artist is re... read more

  • Demonstration and Dialogue with Dennis Campay

    Demonstration and Dialogue with Dennis Campay

    10/13/2017 - 10/13/2017

    Dennis Campay returns to celebrate the Quinlan turning 70! Join us at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, located in downtown Gainesville, Georgia, on Friday, October 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. A unique artist talk and demonstration is specifically designed for professional artists to watch and learn from Dennis Campay. However, collectors and art enthusiasts will also enjoy the process of creation. All proceeds from the workshop go to the Q programs and outreach for teens at risk. For more informati... read more

  • Pastel Painting with Nancy Nowak

    Pastel Painting with Nancy Nowak

    10/13/2017 - 10/14/2017

    This workshop will cover in depth the foundations and techniques of pastel painting. Instruction and demos will include: Discussion on materials (supply list online); In-depth study of composition, value studies; color temperatures and color harmony; How to select and work from a reference photo (importance of simplifying, massing, telling a story); Different methods and techniques of under-painting; Step by step painting instruction with individual easel time and critiques; Pitfalls and how ... 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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  • Watercolor Basics for Beginners with Dylan Pierce

    Watercolor Basics for Beginners with Dylan Pierce

    10/27/2017 - 10/28/2017

    We will pack into 2 days as much as we can about the basics of watercolor. This class is perfect for those who've never painted watercolor or have only played with it a little. There will be lots of demos and time for you to paint with one on one help. This class will be limited to 12 people. We will go over the fundamental techniques to teach you how to control watercolor.

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  • Life Painting in Oils with Marc Chatov

    Life Painting in Oils with Marc Chatov

    10/27/2017 - 10/29/2017

    The first day of the workshop begins with a demonstration lasting approximately three hours. Students will learn about the fundamentals of drawing, value, color, and composition. The students will work from a live model all 3 days. At the end of the workshop there will be a critique and students are welcome to bring other work. Please keep the critique to three canvases.

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  • Paint Alla Prima - Paint from Life and Create Powerful Paintings

    Paint Alla Prima - Paint from Life and Create Powerful Paintings

    11/02/2017 - 11/03/2017

    This workshop will focus on sharpening your skills. We will translate the subject matter from life in a series of timed studies. Bring things to use in various set ups and keep simplicity in mind! We will also paint from a model for two hours on the second day. The idea is to hone our seeing skills, no matter what we are painting. This will be an inspirational and fun two days; Nancy will demo and give lots of personal attention to each participant.

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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 - - - -