December Workshops 2015

Winter 2015 Classes

Selected Works from the Atlanta Printmakers Studio

Chastain Arts Center is an educational facility that offers classes, workshops, and exhibits in a variety of creative mediums. As the oldest arts center in Atlanta, Chastain encourages traditional fundamentals while encouraging individual expression for artists of all ages and skill levels.  In addition to programs, we have a gift shop of rotating handmade items and we offer an annual Summer Camp, Children’s Birthday Parties, and facility rentals. Fulton County constructed the buildings now known as Chastain Arts Center and the Galloway School between 1901 and 1911. The buildings were originally almshouses (or poorhouses) for the elderly, disabled, and unemployable. Thomas Henry Morgan, known as the ‘Dean of Atlanta’s architects’, designed the two Neo-Classical buildings. City Gallery Chastain was established in 1978 under the auspices of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs to exhibit contemporary art by local and nationally recognized artists. The gallery exposes the Atlanta community to progressive exhibitions and programs that relate to contemporary life, visual arts and culture.


Art Classes


The Center has provided exceptional art classes and exhibits for over 44 years making it Atlanta’s oldest community arts center. We have classes for all ages and for all skill levels in a variety of fine arts and crafts. The Center is located in Chastain Park, in northwest Atlanta.  Click here for more info.


Summer Classes


See our current classes for adults during the 2015 summer session!  Summer begins June 22, 2015 and ends August 29, 2015. Click here for more info.


Summer Camp


Our Summer Camp encourages artistic expression and offers children an experience filled with creative energy.  Our fun weekly thems allow you to choose the week, or weeks, you want.  Along with visual arts, all age groups will enjoy movement arts such as yoga, acting, and improvisation. June 8 – August 7, 2015.  Registration begins February 2, 2015.   Click HERE for more information.


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Chastain Arts Center is pleased to announce The Drawing Experiment, an exhibition curated by Karen Comer Lowe.  This exhibition examines the immediacy of drawing and varied approaches to the use of line within a composition.  The works are site specific and temporary.

Artists were invited to create a drawing onsite, directly onto the walls in dry media for two and a half weeks. Participating artists include, Georgia based artists including –Jessica Caldas, Elyse Defoor, William Downs, Jessica Scott Felder, Angus Galloway, Benjamin Jones, Marie Mathews, Julio Mejia, Yanique Norman, Joe Peragine, Kellie Romany, Karl Kroeppler.

These artists represent the full range of diverse perspectives within the contemporary art practice. Visit the Chastain Arts Center Gallery July 17 through September 12 to see The Drawing Experiment. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 6:00 PM and  ends at 9:00 PM.

It will be in the Chastain Arts Center Gallery at 135 West Wieuca Road, NW   Atlanta, GA  30342.

Please call 404-252-2927 for more information or contact us at

emerging artist award

 Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces

 Emerging Artist Awards Celebration on April 17

Atlanta, GA — The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will present this year’s Emerging Artist Awards at a special celebration at Chastain Arts Center on Friday, April 17 from 7-9 pm. The public is invited to come meet this year’s recipients: MaryGrace Phillips, Alex-Gallo Brown, Amina S. McIntyre and Meredith Kooi.  The evening will include a visual art exhibition, a dance experience, and readings on the front porch.

“We are delighted to support the work of four of Atlanta’s most adventurous artists with this year’s Emerging Artist Awards,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  “We encourage people to explore the artwork of these talented individuals, and to learn more about the wealth of art and culture that Atlanta has to offer.”

MaryGrace Phillips is a dancer, choreographer and movement artist. Her work gravitates toward intimate experiences in non-traditional settings, exploring personal mythology and transformation. In addition to solo projects she has performed with Staibdance, Helen Hale Dance and Catellier Dance Project.  Last year she performed at MINT gallery in a series curated by Maggie Ginestra and Mike Stasny in an installation by Marcia Vaitsman. In the fall she worked with visual artist Kevin Byrd to create a public street installation and performance as part of The Goat Farm’s curated series for ELEVATE Atlanta. Recently she worked with frequent partner Erik Thurmond to create a new dance work in the Decatur cemetery.

“There is an element of surprise in what I do since I’m often working in unconventional spaces,” says Phillips. “Audiences are used to performers being far away, but much of what I do is close up. It’s invigorating for me and for them.  Sometimes it brings up a lot of emotions and even has a degree of fear. I invite the audience to meet me in that brave space.”

Alex Gallo-Brown is a writer and poet whose work has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books,, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, The Collagist, The Brooklyn Rail, Fanzine, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere. In 2013, he was one of twelve artists selected for a Walthall fellowship by the Atlanta arts and social justice non-profit WonderRoot. He is currently working on a series of poems exploring the idea that Atlanta is a city “too busy to hate.”

“To be a poet, you have to either be foolish or completely devoted,” says Gallo-Brown. “Dealing in words is different today because of the social media revolution. I don’t own a TV so I get a lot of my information online. Although much of what people have to say isn’t refined and can even be polarizing, it is often thought-provoking.”

Amina S. McIntyre is a creative worship artist and playwright.  Her production and reading credits include Working Title Playwrights at OnStage Atlanta, TipMyCup Productions at the Roy Arias Theater in New York, Wabash College, Colby College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Indiana Theater Association ITWorks 2008, West Side Community CME Church, Sabrina McKenzie Ministries’ EPIC Women’s Conference and Atlanta One Minute Play Festival. She is a member of Working Title Playwrights, Playwright Apprentice at Horizon Theatre, and Managing Director of Karibu Performing  Arts, LLC. Most recently, McIntyre started the Masters of Divinity degree program at Emory University and is working on an inspirational book, 30 Days of Peace and Praise, due out this spring.  For her next play she’s researching what is known in the homeless community as “The Tramp Trail.”

“I’ve always written but I was searching for the best way to chronicle culture,” states McIntyre. “Then I discovered the magic of playwriting, which is hyper sensory, and I found my voice. Theater is a safe place where you can explore topics like race, sexuality and bullying from different viewpoints.  I’m an Atlanta native and I also want to tell stories about everyday people who live extraordinary lives.”

Meredith Kooi is a visual and performance artist. Her recent performance and installation work has been presented by venues across Atlanta including Eyedrum, MINT Gallery, High Museum of Art, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Mammal Gallery and art|DBF. Since 2011 she has been the editor at Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform. She is also the founder and director of ALTERED MEANS, an experimental curatorial platform. Her art and cultural criticism has been featured in ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Bad at Sports, Burnaway, Temporary Art Review, and Dilettante Army.  She’s currently working on a new piece that will be shown later this year at Kibbee Gallery.

“My pursuit of artistic expression included dance, gymnastics, ceramics, sculpture and painting,” says Kooi. “But when I took my first performance class it was ‘ah ha.’ I finally found a format where I could sync time and space and movement altogether. Now I want to change the perspective of what art is, how we engage with it philosophically and physically, and its deeper meaning in our lives.”

Chastain Art Center is located in Chastain Park at 135 West Wieuca Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30342.

The Emerging Artist Awards are presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs as part of their Contracts for Arts Services program. The awards recognize talented professional artists living and creating art in the City of Atlanta, with the aim of increasing awareness for their work and furthering their professional development and careers.

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs vision is to enhance the quality of life through arts and culture, and to contribute positively to the social and economic health of Atlanta and the region. Their mission is to promote rich, diverse and educational cultural experiences; nurture artists and arts organizations; unify Atlanta’s cultural community; preserve and protect the city’s cultural heritage; and expand Atlanta’s international reputation as a cultural destination.  For news and information follow them on Facebook and visit their web site at


Jewelry Trunk Show 2015

For additional information, check out the Chastain Jewelry Trunk Show Facebook Page.






January 16 – March 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 2015, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Artist’s Talk – Saturday, February 28, 2015, 11:00am

“Although my sculptures reflect my admiration of nature, I view them as more poetic objects than reproductions of form” – Michael Murrell

For more about Michael’s work click HERE to view his website.

Chastain Arts Center now offers private birthday parties for children!

An art party is an exciting and creative way to celebrate a special occasion for Picassos of any age. Chastain Arts Center is the perfect place to have your special event. Just bring cake, snacks, decorations, and yourself! We will provide the rest.

For more information and to schedule a party, call Chastain Arts Center @ 404-252-2927.

Chastain Arts Center
135 West Wieuca Road, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 252-2927
Fax: (404) 851-1270

Karen Lowe – Cultural Affairs Facility Manager
Gala Cude – Data Reporting Analyst
John Roberts – Project Coordinator
Randall Moody – Ceramics Tech/Office Assistant
Yousef Jarrad – Office Assistant

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Hours of Operation
Hours may change depending on the schedule of classes. Any variation from regular hours will be posted at the facility in advance.

Summer Session 2015  (June 22, 2015 – August 29, 2015)
*Center Closed Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4, 2015, Independence Day Holiday
Office Hours:
Monday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am-9:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-9:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am-2:30pm


FROM THE NORTH: From I-285, exit at Roswell Road SOUTH. Travel approximately 2.5 miles, then take a RIGHT onto West Wieuca Road, NW. Continue straight past the first stop sign at Lake Forrest and into Chastain Park. Chastain Arts Center is on the RIGHT, directly across from the baseball fields and gym.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-85 NORTH; exit onto Georgia 400 (Buckhead, Exit 2). Turn LEFT onto Georgia Connector 141 West. Turn RIGHT on Piedmont Road (Georgia 237).  Turn RIGHT on Roswell Road. Turn LEFT on West Wieuca Road, NW. Continue straight past the first stop sign at Lake Forrest and into Chastain Park.  Chastain Arts Center is on the RIGHT, directly across from the baseball fields and gym.

FROM INTOWN: From Peachtree Street NORTH, branch LEFT onto Roswell Road (by the Roxy Theater). Turn LEFT onto Powers Ferry Road. At the 5-way stop, continue straight and travel past the golf course on the right. At the 3-way stop by the tennis courts, take a RIGHT onto West Wieuca Road NW. Chastain Arts Center is  on the LEFT, directly across from the baseball fields and gym.

FROM THE WEST: Take West Paces Ferry Road towards Buckhead. Turn LEFT onto Northside Drive. After traveling a few miles, turn RIGHT on Hillside Drive. Hillside Drive will dead-end at Powers Ferry Road (credit anna here). Take a LEFT onto Powers Ferry Road at the stop sign. Turn RIGHT at the first stop sign onto West Wieuca Road, NW.  Chastain Arts Center is on the LEFT, directly across from the baseball fields and gym.

BY MARTA: Take bus 5 from the Lindbergh or Dunwoody Station.  Exit the bus at the intersection of Roswell Road and W. Wieuca Road and walk about 1/2  mile to reach the park, at the intersection of West Wieuca and Lake Forrest.   Cross over Lake Forrest and walk 1/4 mile to Chastain Arts Center, which will be on the RIGHT, directly across from the baseball fields and gym (Click to see Map).

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