The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center
Gainesville, GA 30501
The Arts Council Depot was constructed in 1914 and is the only two-story depot in northeast Georgia, In 1992 the Arts Council completed a four-year effort to purchase the 2.5-acre Depot property from CSX Transportation.
An innovative plan was developed to transform the historic train depot and unsightly rail yard in downtown Gainesville into a Central station for the Arts. Your contributions and memberships are needed for operations, programming and with your support our future plans include, an outdoor theater, artists market sculpture garden and international market place.
The Arts Council offices are located in the Depot and our current services to our affiliate arts organizations, the community and visitors to the community have been enhanced and expanded. The multi-purpose facility is available for daily rental to members for meetings, art shows and artists markets, and concerts.
Info & Amenities
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Free Parking, Maps & Brochures Available, Meeting Facilities, Parking on Site, Party Facilities
Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round
Group Rates Available, Group-friendly, Minimum Group Size
Near Interstate Highway
400, 85, 985
American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Suitable for Ages
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01/17/2017 - 01/17/2017
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The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one-of-a-kind crossover experience!
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Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Diego Figueiredo & Chiara Izzi
01/28/2017 - 01/28/2017
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Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Davina and the Vagabonds
04/08/2017 - 04/08/2017
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Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Lynne Arriale
05/13/2017 - 05/13/2017
Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's career is graced by a love of melody and a joy of musical discovery. Arriale has performed on international concert and festival stages over the past 25 years. The consummate storyteller, she immediately connects with her listeners. JazzTimes wrote, "She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale's emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her… Lynne Arriale's music lies at the...read more
Arts Council Signature Series: The Joe Gransden Big Band & Annie Sellick
06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017
The Joe Gransden Big Band is a seventeen-piece ensemble that harkens back to an era when the Great American Songbook, swing music and the big band sound was all the rage. In this time of digital overload, where music is often formulaically produced by synthesized sounds, Gransden and his band have challenged convention and found an audience that still appreciates the powerful sound that can only come from a finely tuned big band in a live setting.
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