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Come support YOUR ARTS COUNCIL where we strive hard to ENHANCE, EDUCATE & EXPAND public interest in the ARTS throughout NORTHEAST GEORGIA!

When: April 18th, 2015 @ 6:30PM

Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA 30501

YOUR MISSION: Enjoy Live Entertainment, Casino Games with Live Dealers, Gourmet Foods and Drinks, Silent & Live Auctions, a Red Carpet, Valet Parking and much more!

Tickets: $125 per couple; $75 individual and many sponsorship opportunities!

Your Current Assignment: Call Family & Friends and inform them of this event…PURCHASE TICKETS…prepare to dress in your most iconic James Bond attire!

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When: Friday, July 20, 2012
Where: The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA
Time: Gates open at 6:00PM; Concert starts at 8:00PM
Cost: $35 adults; $32 seniors (65+); $28 Students; reserved tables of 8 up front $320
What to bring: picnics and beverages of choice, lawn chairs/blankets

The Orchestra’s performances in Gainesville have been nothing short of impressive, making our audiences leap to their collective feet bravo-ing in many elated instances. What makes these performances spectacular is that they are open-air, under the moonlight. Whether it is Shostakovich, Bizet, Wagner, Offenbach or Gershwin, the smooth and flawless string sound, liquid brass and percussion sections, so immaculately realized, never let us down. It is a glamorous amalgam of silk, silver and steel. The warmth and richness of the playing is always exceptional, with every department contributing its share of complex timbres and holding them together in a finely achieved soundscape.

One cannot get past the impressive ease with which these musicians prove that the sound of this Orchestra is simply extraordinary and electrifying, wherever it plays. Nothing is rushed, phrases are carefully rounded off with loving care, and everybody seems to breathe in unison – performers and spectators.


Garrett Keast will be conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Gainesville. His professional conducting career began at New York City Opera where he served as associate conductor for several productions over three seasons. Mr. Keast’s 2012 season includes performances with the Opera National de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, and Oper Bonn with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. Mr. Keast has a deep interest in performing and promoting new music. He is passionate about teaching young people, building audiences for classical music, and developing stimulating programs for the modern symphony orchestra. Garrett Keast lives in Berlin.

Grab your lawn chairs and cozy blankets, picnic baskets, beverages and candles or reserve tables up front and ENJOY the Orchestra’s many layers. Let the music flow effortlessly from one dynamic meter and tempo to another, eloquently and compellingly, carrying you to the edge of the moon. Through the skirt of darkness, catch a glimpse of the stars and the smiling moon, soaking in the sheer exuberance of life! Hearing IS believing!!!


DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Opus 96

GEORGES BIZET Suite No. 1 from Carmen

JACQUES OFFENBACH “Intermezzo and Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann (Tales)

RICHARD WAGNER Overture to Der file gene Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)


LEONARD BERSTEIN Overture to Candide

CHARLES IVES “Country Band” March, S. 36 (for Theater Orchestra)

AARON COPLAND from Rodeo “Saturday Night Waltz” “Hoe-Down”

GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

YouTube Video of Garrett Keast

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Face painting, turtles, juicy hotdogs, slithering snakes, ballerinas, arts and crafts, butterflies, music, balloons, candy and loads of people – all have something in common! They were all present at the 16th Annual Butterfly Release presented by Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways at Wilshire Trails Park. Giggling children, happy feet, the distinct and friendly voice of WDUN’s Bill Maine…all made for a terrific way to bring in the start of summer vacation. Were you there??? We certainly were!!! Parents and children excitedly discussed The Arts Council’s upcoming Summer MusicFest and Movies on the Green. “Y’all are screening Top Gun on your lawn,” gleefully squealed a starry eyed teenage girl. “I love Tom Cruise!” Another was excited by The Lorax. Young dads, wishfully reminiscing college frat days cheered when they saw The Swingin’ Medallions on our summer calendar while moms are excited about date night with The Atlanta Symphony under the stars! This promises to be one hot, fun-filled summer for all!!!

The Arts Council’s booth. How many artists do you recognize?

People eagerly awaiting an envelope with a Painted Lady Butterfly in it to release. Spot yourself or a friend?

Beautiful art work found all along the trail

No community event is complete without the presence of WDUN. Bill Maine where are you?

A young boy excited to see the beautiful butterfly in his envelope take flight

Captain Conservation (Gainesville Public Utilities Department) whose special message and water saving tips were a huge hit with the children! Did you get to sign the water barrel?

Ballerinas from Gainesville School of Ballet dressed for the occasion. This is the regional dance company responsible for bringing the wonderful holiday tradition of the Nutcracker to Gainesville each year!

Little boy swaying to some wonderful summertime music played by WDUN. May I have this dance, please?

A Painted Lady Butterfly about to spread its wings. Just imagine 1500 of them in the park – a sight to remember!

We will be back with the butterflies at next year’s event!!!

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You are cordially invited…

Wedding season is here and we at The Arts Council couldn’t be more excited! From flowers and decorations to dresses and the location-we love helping make every wedding celebrated at The Arts Council unique and memorable!

THE PERFECT DESTINATION-downtown Gainesville

THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER where you can have the best of both worlds: our green lawn, bricked patio, and wrought iron gates make for a perfect outdoor wedding while the marble atrium with focal crystal pendant chandelier afford glamour and sophistication.

At The Arts Council we believe in giving our clients the freedom to choose their own licensed caterers, florists, wedding coordinators, and decorators.

 We have compiled a list of some of our personal favorite decor, fashions, and trends. The versatility of The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lends itself to every style and fashion!

For rental information and booking visit our website or call The Arts Council at (770) 534-2787.

Green and white hydrangeas with a pop of pink

Simple and effortlessly elegant bouquet of white tulips

The perfect splash of color for a summer tabletop straight from the backyard


Bright beautiful bouquets!

When it comes to tabletop decor, we agree less is MORE!

Seated dinner simplicity

Pop of color


Tent done well-just the right balance of twinkle lights and candlelight

Gorgeous arrangements and great use of color!

Even seaside chic will work wonders on our lawn and patio

Perfect pink peonies-simple, elegant, and eye catching

Beautiful arbor for  an outdoor wedding!

Apple green + crisp white=great wedding colors for spring or summer

Ginna’s wedding dress pick!

Gown custom designed by Amy Smilovic of Tibi, also love her bouquet!

The bride’s colors were gray and yellow so the bridesmaids got to pick there own Tibi dress within the color scheme! Great idea and they really will wear them again!

Terrifically elegant from every angle

Nairika’s wedding dress picks!

Lace and sleeves the latest in trends

Simple and elegant

Tired of the white? Give color a chance!

Another trend: desert/candy bars! Great for favors!

Happy planning! The Arts Council wishes all newlyweds a lifetime of happiness and love!

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Buy Local, Give Local, Live Local! Part 2

North Georgia Writers: Juliana Finch singer/songwriter May 2 


Sounds of Sawnee SPring FLing at the Dawsonville Council for the Arts may 6 at 2pm


I.N.K.: Mother’s Day Craft Week May 7-May 11


Gainesville State College: May 10, Face it: Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest 


Elachee Nature Center: Flights of Fancy Garden Art Auction May 11 6:30-9pm 



Dahlonega Arts Council 2012 Mountain Flower Festival May 19-20


Brenau’s 4th Annual Memphis BBQ championship, gates open at 10am May 26  

The Arts Council presents Northeast Georgia resident The Larry Barker in a quartet as the last performance in the Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series 2012!


The Larry Barker Quartet will perform at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center

Saturday May 19, 2012 at 8pm

Go to our website to purchase tickets or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787

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