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The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center

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331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
770-534-2787 www.theartscouncil.net

The Arts Council Depot was built in 1914 as one of the only two-story railroad passenger stations in northeast Georgia. The building operated as a passenger station for the Jefferson and Southern Smithgall Arts Center Before and After ImageRailroad until its purchase by the Gainesville Midland Railroad.

In the 1940’s passenger service began to wane and the facility was converted into a freight depot. It was a working freight depot for the Gainesville Midland Railroad and later under CSX Railroad until its purchase by the Arts Council in 1992.

The Arts Council renovated the original structure and added two additional buildings. Additions were made to the depot to give it a grand entrance with beveled glass doors and crystal chandelier. To honor one of the major benefactors of the Arts Council, this facility was renamed from The Arts Council Depot to the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

rent facility buttonThe Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center is now home to The Arts Council, Inc. and our Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series, Summer MusicFest, map iconpermanent art gallery and our recently completed sculpture garden. In addition to arts programming, the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center is available forrent on a limited basis for special events including, weddings, receptions, parties, meetings and corporate functions.

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January 2019

Steve Cunningham – Evenings of Intimate Jazz 2019

January 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

Rochester, NY native Steve Cunningham began playing guitar at age 14, where he was influenced by such diverse artists as Led Zeppelin, Pat Metheny, Yes, and the Brecker Brothers, as well as classical and bluegrass music. After years of playing and touring with various rock, country, and Top 40 dance bands, including his own original instrumental rock trio “The Value of X”, Steve released his first solo CD, “Travels”, in 1995. Featuring blazing, yet tasteful electric, acoustic, and slide guitar…

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February 2019

Laila Biali – Evenings of Intimate Jazz 2019

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

“It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognizable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.” - Sting

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Laila Biali – Evenings of Intimate Jazz 2019

February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

“It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognizable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.” - Sting

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March 2019

Annie Sellick and the Velvet Caravan – Evenings of Intimate Jazz 2019

March 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

Annie Sellick Nashville native vocalist Annie Sellick was voted Best Jazz Artist by readers of the Nashville Scene five years in a row, and has since toured all over the world and performed and/or recorded with many of her musical heroes including Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, Tommy Emmanuel and jazz organ royalty Joey DeFrancesco. If you love how Annie engages you from a stage, you will be totally charmed by her backing band. Velvet Caravan blends gypsy jazz, honky-tonk, swing and Latin-upbeat tunes from all over…

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Annie Sellick and the Velvet Caravan – Evenings of Intimate Jazz 2019

March 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

Annie Sellick Nashville native vocalist Annie Sellick was voted Best Jazz Artist by readers of the Nashville Scene five years in a row, and has since toured all over the world and performed and/or recorded with many of her musical heroes including Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, Tommy Emmanuel and jazz organ royalty Joey DeFrancesco. If you love how Annie engages you from a stage, you will be totally charmed by her backing band. Velvet Caravan blends gypsy jazz, honky-tonk, swing and Latin-upbeat tunes from all over…

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April 2019

Davina and the Vagabonds – Evenings of Initimate Jazz 2019

April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

“From the churning emotion of Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse by way of Etta James!” – Newcastle Evening Chronicle (UK) “She purrs and growls, whispers and wails. Sweet and seductive one moment, she’s in your face the next, and then she makes you laugh. Her voice is a complex, expressive, flexible instrument made of sugar and grit.” – Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

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Davina and the Vagabonds – Evenings of Initimate Jazz 2019

April 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

“From the churning emotion of Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse by way of Etta James!” – Newcastle Evening Chronicle (UK) “She purrs and growls, whispers and wails. Sweet and seductive one moment, she’s in your face the next, and then she makes you laugh. Her voice is a complex, expressive, flexible instrument made of sugar and grit.” – Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

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May 2019

Carol Welsman – Evenings of Initimate Jazz 2019

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

“Welsman is that rarest of discoveries: a fully formed artist with the musicality, imagination and looks to cruise to the top of the jazz vocal genre.” Audiences and fellow musicians agree, Carol is an extraordinarily talented musician and one of the finer vocalists and pianists on the scene today.”  - Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times “…the briskly rhythmic swing of Carol’s piano playing, the warm, embracing sound of her voice, combined with her irresistible way with a lyric, brightly…

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Carol Welsman – Evenings of Initimate Jazz 2019

May 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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$36.05

“Welsman is that rarest of discoveries: a fully formed artist with the musicality, imagination and looks to cruise to the top of the jazz vocal genre.” Audiences and fellow musicians agree, Carol is an extraordinarily talented musician and one of the finer vocalists and pianists on the scene today.”  - Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times “…the briskly rhythmic swing of Carol’s piano playing, the warm, embracing sound of her voice, combined with her irresistible way with a lyric, brightly…

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