Spruill Center for the Arts

The Spruill Center for the Arts is a private, non-profit fine arts center located in the northern Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia. Established in 1975, is the center is currently celebrating its thirty-six year open. The Spruill Center serves over 7,000 students each year. They offer high quality classes and workshops in the visual, literary, and performing arts. The center also has outreach programs for youth, seniors, and those with special needs.

There are two locations in Dunwoody which make up the Spruill Center for the Arts. The Education Center is located at 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. A wide range of classes are offered there including painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and film. In addition the Spruill Center offers a variety of culinary classes led by Atlanta chef John Wilson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. These classes are typically held off site. The Spruill Center offers an excellent Summer Art Camp for Atlanta area youth. The Education Center building is also home to the Stage Door Players, a local theater group.

The Spruill Center Gallery and Gift Shop is located nearby at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The gallery hosts exhibitions by local and nationally known professional artists. The current exhibition showing at the gallery is “Align,” which runs through March 19, 2011. This exhibition features the paintings, drawings, and photography of several artists, illustrating the importance of linear form in their work. The Spruill Center Gift Shop offers a selection of unique items, ranging from decorative arts to jewelry. The gallery and gift shop are housed in a restored farmhouse dating from the mid 1860s. The historic structure was home to several generations of the Spruill family, who were among the first settlers in the Dunwoody, Georgia area. The five acre property includes two restored outbuildings, a smokehouse and a seed house. The buildings are a good example of southern farmsteads from that era. Visitors to the gallery and gift shop may enjoy a walk around the grounds. The art gallery and home are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm. Admission and parking are free.

Part of the mission of the Spruill Center for the Arts is to foster understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts. The center’s Prospective Gift Shop offers consignment artists the opportunity to sell art at the Spruill Center Gift Shop. Visitors to the Dunwoody area may enjoy attending the gallery exhibitions and events, as well as touring the historic house and grounds.