Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

514 Green St NE
Gainesville, GA 30501

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  • The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia

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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

    Admission Fee $0.00

    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


  • Studio Pottery

    Studio Pottery

    08/18/2015 - 09/29/2015

    Join us for Tuesday Open Studio Pottery – RSVP required. Open Studio is self-guided work time for current students or experienced clay users who can take advantage of our facility with an instructor available.

    August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015

    September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2015

    Time: 10 a.m.

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  • Play in the Clay with Mary Hull

    Play in the Clay with Mary Hull

    08/19/2015 - 09/27/2015

    We are creating all kinds of great hand building projects in this class specifically designed for kids. We will do a different project each week! See weekly project on our web site.

    Must call to RSVP for this class. 770.536.2575

    Cost: Members $20
    Non-members $25

    Dates and Times: August 12 at 4:30 p.m.; September 13 at 12 p.m., September 16 at 4:30 p.m., September 17 at 10 a.m., September 20 at 12 p.m., September 24 at 10 a.m., and September 27 at 12 p.m.

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  • Fall Exhibition

    Fall Exhibition

    08/20/2015 - 10/10/2015

    Join us for the fall exhibition, Pen Woman, at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center from August 20 to October 10, 2015. This exhibition will feature Cynthia Miller, Fox Gradin, and Paul Light.

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  • Painting Techniques with Christopher Sherry

    Painting Techniques with Christopher Sherry

    09/03/2015 - 09/24/2015

    Enjoy the atmosphere of painting with other painters and learn new tips and techniques to complete your art. Chris has been with the Quinlan for over 10 years and people love his personality and style!

    Cost: $120 for members and $145 for non-members

    Dates: September 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2015

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  • Beginners Painting with Christopher Sherry

    Beginners Painting with Christopher Sherry

    09/03/2015 - 09/24/2015

    Have you always wanted to learn how to paint but are afraid to try? This is the class for you! Chris will show you how to paint with these mediums and while teaching you the process, he'll make it fun! Chris has been a beloved instructor of the Quinlan for over 10 years and his following is a testament to what a great instructor he is. Even if you dabble with paints and want to learn the basics, this class will teach that and much more.

    Cost: $120 for members and $145 for non-members read more

  • Quinlan Sketch Friday Club

    Quinlan Sketch Friday Club

    09/04/2015 - 09/25/2015

    Come and sketch from a live model the first and last Friday of the month, from 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. (Clothed model the first Friday, Full Monty Fridays, and undraped figure the last Friday of the month).

    Cost: $5 per person (clothed model sessions) and $10 per person (for Full Monty sessions)

    For ages 16 and up. (If attending undraped session, please complete a parental consent form before attending.)

    All levels welcome.

    Dates: September 4 and 25

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  • Contemporary Figure Painting with Patricia Fabian

    Contemporary Figure Painting with Patricia Fabian

    09/08/2015 - 09/29/2015

    Learn to paint quickly and without thinking it through to express what you see before it is filtered in your mind. Then, explore the freedom of cropping to create a masterpiece within. Less is more. Learn the technique of elimination and layering to create mood in your figure painting. A $40 modeling fee is included.

    Cost: $140 members and $165 non-members

    Dates: September 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2015

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  • Mixed Media Madness with Brooke Adamson

    Mixed Media Madness with Brooke Adamson

    09/14/2015 - 09/28/2015

    This course will explore the use of collage and various other media to create a single work. We will focus on collage techniques and material application, along with composition and color theory. Students will work with acrylic paint and inks. Most collage material will be provided. Students may work on several small pieces or one larger work. Supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Cost: $150 for members and $175 for non-members

    Dates: September 14, 21, and 28, 2015 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 - - - -