Monday, February 19, 2018

3rd Annual Smyrna Schools & Friends Celebrate the ARTS Night Announced

Please join us for a night of art as we celebrate 20 of our local K-12 public visual art programs. Art is a vital and important role in education. Children learn using different methods and ART enhances the process of learning. 

Throughout their experience in art, children learn to see more, sense more, recall more, and they become more vitally aware of their changing and expanding environment.  

Smyrna Schools & Friends Celebrate the ARTS Night is Thursday, March 15th in the lower level of the Smyrna Community Center. Feel free to stop by between 7 - 8:30 pm to see what our students are creating the art rooms.

This year we have 20 schools participating. Elementary Schools: Argyle, Belmont Hills, Birney, Fair Oaks, Green Acres, King Springs K-1, King Springs 2-5, LaBelle, Nickajack, Norton Park, Russell, Smyrna & Teasley. Middle Schools: Campbell, Griffin, Lindley & Lindley 6th Grade Academy. High Schools: Campbell & Osborne. Charter School: International Academy of Smyrna.

Smyrna Schools & Friends Celebrate the ARTS Night is sponsored by your local  K-12 Public School Art Teachers, City of Smyrna, Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council, Wave of Excellence-Smyrna Public Schools and the Jonquil City Kiwanis Club.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Playful Pianos of Smyrna Program Launched

The Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council and Smyrna Parks & Recreation have partnered to present an exciting public art initiative named Playful Pianos of Smyrna. Donated pianos are painted by local artists and placed in public spaces for the community to play and enjoy! 

The first piano was installed at the Smyrna Community Center on November 28, 2017.  It is named Jonquil Joy and was painted by local artist and SACC Board Member Carrie Tankersley.  Thank you to the Stokes Family for donating the piano.

Three more pianos will be installed in 2018.  If interested in donating a piano please email Tax receipts will be provided.  You can also support the program by making an online donation on our donor page.

Enjoy the photo album.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Circle of Fine Art Concludes

We braved the rain, frigid temperatures and high winds over the weekend and presented Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival.

THANK YOU, Amanda Mohs, Sue Pezely, Corinne Mitchell, Joan Friedman, Ida Beth Barner, Shelton LaBron, Amanda Foss, Marise Fransolino, Teri LeVine, Jen Felder and Heidi Hunt for punching the weather in the nose and exhibiting your beautiful art under tough circumstances.

THANK YOU, Robert Gaines (The Jonquil Project), Leah Barnes (SACC#SmyrnaGARocks) and Carrie Tankersley (SACC Community Mural) for managing your events on Saturday and Sunday. Additional sincere thanks go to our all the volunteers who worked on this program for 6 months and over the weekend.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jonquil City Historical Trail Launches On Sunday, October 15th

The Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council, a by-product of the City’s Strategic Vision Plan, and the City of Smyrna will inaugurate Phase 1 of the city’s long-awaited Jonquil City Historical Trail on Sunday, October 15 at 3 pm with a kickoff reception at the Smyrna Public Library followed by a tour of several of the trails 20 sites. The library is located at 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia 30080.

This unique electronically-accessed historical trail will provide visitors, young and old alike, with both historical images and narratives identifying the chief landmarks in Smyrna’s historic downtown. This information will be available through a city-sponsored online mobile application that can be accessed by cell phones, computers and other electronic devices.

The concept and the historical content of the trail was generated by the SACC History Committee, co-chaired by Smyrna historian William P. Marchione and Architect/Artist Shaun Martin. The mobile app was constructed, funded, and will be maintained by the City of Smyrna.

The long-term objective of the Jonquil City Historical Trail is to integrate history, historic preservation, and the arts through a multi-media celebration of Smyrna’s history. 

All interested persons are cordially invited to attend the inauguration of Smyrna's Jonquil City Historical Trail on Sunday, October 15 at the Smyrna Public Library at 3 pm.  For further information, readers should contact William Marchione at or Shaun Martin at

Ida Beth Barner Selected to Exhibit at Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival

Meet artist Ida Beth Barner. Her art will be on exhibit and sale at the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council's "Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival" on October 28/29, 2017.

Artist Statement:

Ida Beth Barner is an accomplished artist who specializes in watercolors. She serves on the board of the prestigious Georgia Watercolor Society. She is known for her delicate painting style in bright colors. A New Jersey native, Ida Beth relocated to Atlanta many years ago. She is very active in the local arts community. She also serves on the board of the annual Brookhaven Arts Festival.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jenna Mason Selected to Exhibit at Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival

Meet artist Jenna Mason. Her art will be on exhibit and sale at the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council's "Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival" on October 28/29, 2017.
Artist Statement:
Jenna Mason is a wife, mother and career woman who resides in Kennesaw, GA. She grew up in Athens, GA as the middle child amongst three girls. Always a bright young woman with a creative spirit, she studied art in high school before attending Georgia Tech where she studied Chemistry. In addition to spending time with her family and her art, Jenna also enjoys reading, playing tennis and cooking – especially baking.
Jenna's professional career started in Cincinnati, Ohio with Procter & Gamble and also includes other successful organizations like UCB Pharmaceuticals and Medallia. Although she has enjoyed much success in corporate America, Jenna has always struggled with fitting in with the traditional corporate culture and enjoys having a creative outlet. Painting allows her to focus her mind and escape from her wonderful, yet hectic, life.
Jenna's comes from a family of artists, most notably her Nono (maternal grandmother), who is her inspiration. Her work is also inspired and supported by her amazing husband, four beautiful children and her lovable cats. She paints a variety of diverse subjects including beautiful flowers, birds, boats, fishing lures, sports, and also does custom pieces upon request. She hopes her paintings will bring you as much joy in viewing them as they have brought her in creating them.

Heidi Hunt Selected to Exhibit at Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival

Meet artist Heidi Hunt. Her art will be on exhibit and sale at the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council's "Circle of Fine Art at the Jonquil Festival" on October 28/29, 2017.
Artist Statement:

The peace, joy and beauty that I strive to infuse into my surroundings are the same qualities I try to recreate in my watercolors and oils. I work directly from nature and am happy when my viewers recognize and connect with my vision of the world, often images of flowers they may love and grow in their own homes and gardens, and landscapes of local scenes or of New England, where I grew up.