Drawing and Painting Class - Gadsden Arts Center

Every Thursday, open studio 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM and class 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come create every week for our Drawing & Painting classes led by artist and instructor, Dawn McMillan. Warm up your artistic mind with mini-activities, practice drawing from life and from photos, experiment with new techniques, use a range of mediums and create at your own pace. The first class is free for nonmembers! Every other class is $5 pay as you go. Must be a GAC member.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL


High School AP Portfolio Program - Gadsden Arts Center

Every Thursday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Advanced high school art students are invited to our regular Thursday classes for free studio time. Students should have an interest in pursuing art in college or professionally, or have interest in the Advanced Placement Exam for Studio Art. Currently open to students from East Gadsden High School, West Gadsden High School, Robert F. Munroe Day School and home-school students upon request. For more information call 850-627-5023.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL


Lunch and Learn Series

3rd Thursday of Every Month, 12:00 PM

Hosted at the Apalachicola Arsenal Museum and Conference Center. Bring your own lunch or order one by contacting Linda at 850-794-0197 or email lkranert222@gmail.com. In addition, the museum is open to the public from 2 pm -5 pm the 3rd Thursday of each month.

1071 Pecan Street, Chattahoochee, FL


Thornton Dial, Sr.: Thoughts on Paper - Gadsden Arts Center

February 21st, 2018 - February 2019

Nine significant works on paper by the most famous American Southern Vernacular artist, Thornton Dial, Sr., are on display in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s Bates Permanent Collection Gallery.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Suzanne Edwards Doddridge - Gadsden Arts Center

March 3rd, 2018 - April 28th, 2018

Although Suzanne Edwards Doddridge began her career in watercolor, she now mainly works with pastels and oil paints. She draws inspiration for her works from the picturesque landscapes of her youth here in Gadsden County, Florida, as well as North Carolina, where she currently resides.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Gadsden Arts Artists Guild - Gadsden Arts Center

March 24th, 2018 - June 16th, 2018

View work by Fran Buie, Virginia Coultas, Suzanne Doddridge, Kathy Ferrell, Barbara Lay, Janice “Ecinja” McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Marc F. Paul, Karol Dover Selvaggio, Susanne Taranto, James Thigpen, Mary Liz Tippin Moody, John Wesley, Tim White, and Paul D. Wingler. The Guild has over 50 members who live throughout the region and work in a variety of mediums including glass, mixed media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and pen & ink.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Havana Reggae Festival 

April 7th, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Featuring Lester Sterling Skatalites, Earthkry, Anthony Que, Macareggae, Just Chamaleons, Jambiance and Gaines St. Percussion. Gates open at 2:00 PM and live music starts at 3:00 PM. General Admission will be $20 and $10 for students with ID. Parking will cost $2. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs! Purchase early tickets at havanareggaefest.com.

8701 Salem Rd. Havana, FL


Connectivity: Figurative Paintings by Liu Nan - Gadsden Arts Center

April 13th, 2018 – June 23rd, 2018

Chinese master of oriental brush painting and calligraphy, Liu Nan has created a series of life-sized figurative oil paintings that reflect on his experiences working on the Florida A & M University campus in Tallahassee, Florida. Nan draws inspiration for his works from his subjects’ assertion of self and individuality, which are visually expressed through bold clothing and varied accessories. He focuses on portraying his observations of students’ connectivity within their campus lives; many of his figures are using their cellphones or other technology devices in lieu of connecting interpersonally with the other students in their surroundings. Liu Nan’s artwork have been exhibited and collected across the United states among public institutions, museums, galleries, and private patrons.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Wildlife of North America : Paintings by John Isaacs - Gadsden Arts Center

April 13th, 2018 – June 23rd, 2018

With extensive study under notable instructors and years of dedications to his craft, John Isaacs focuses his skills on rendering images of wildlife. In keeping true to his belief that art is a vehicle for self-expression, Isaacs aims to capture wildlife in his surrounding world and portray each scene in his own unique and creative way.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Havana Car Show

April 14th, 2018

Take a stroll in Havana and discover antique cars in the Havana Car Show. 

Downtown Havana, FL


Skip Brea: A Friend with Friends - Gadsden Arts Center

May 2018 - June 2018

Using a combination of digital illustration and painting tools, Skip Brea, an MFA student at Florida State University, examines the entanglements that make up our visual culture, language, and history. Through his research of historical European paintings, Brea creates scenarios and portraits of figures of color who are experiencing an unfortunate event or positioned as the undermined figure in the paintings.  

13 N. Madison St. Quincy, FL 32351


Wine Around The Block

May 11th, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us for this year's first Wine Around the Block!

From 5 PM - 6 PM there will be a guided Art Walk of all the new murals in town. From 6 PM - 8 PM artists will be located in various shops down town explaining their artwork and the creative processes behind it. Wine, beer and food will be offered at participating stores. Tickets: $25 per person. Proceeds benefiting the Havana Main Street Program

For more information contact Terri Paul at (850) 539-7711 or wanderings@bellsouth.net  

Downtown Havana, FL


Festival of Arts & Bikes

May 12th, 2018

Join us for the first ever Festival of Arts & Bikes! Kick-off with a pancake breakfast in front of Havana’s History Museum and Planter’s Exchange at 8:30 AM.Tour the winners of the Murals on Main Street contest. There will be art vendors, live music and food trucks. Sponsored by Havana Main Street in collaboration with the Havana Merchants Association. 

Downtown Havana, FL


Jim Miller: Birds of Paradise Photographs from Florida Wetlands - Gadsden Arts Center

July 2018 - August 2018

Nearly 20 years ago Jim Miller first experienced the power of high quality super-telephoto lenses and technically sophisticated cameras. The ability to capture images of exquisite wading birds in their habitats, exhibiting spectacular poses and actions, captivated him. Miller thinks of bird photography as satisfying a need to communicate emotion to his viewers.  

13 N. Madison St. Quincy, FL 32351


30th Art in Gadsden Regional Exhibition of Fine Art

July 13th, 2018 - September 8th, 2018

Now in it’s 30th year, the Art in Gadsden exhibition was the foundation for the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. The founders of the Art in Gadsden exhibition, Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh, wanted to bring fine art to Gadsden County, foster the careers of local artists, and draw the community together through this special event. Artists living within 200 miles of Quincy, Florida, or former Gadsden County residents, are invited to apply to participate in the annual Art in Gadsden exhibition. New, returning, established, and emerging artists are welcome to apply.  

For more information visit https://aig.gadsdenarts.org/ or contact Angie Barry at (850) 627-5021. 

Sara May Love Gallery & Zoey Golloway Gallery


Town-Wide Side Walk Sale

July 14th, 2018

It’s summer time! And what better way to escape the kids and find some treasures than by joining us for a Sidewalk Sale! As always, we have the deals and steals to knock your socks off! Who wears those in the summer anyways? Most stores will be participating! So stop in for a day full of shopping, dining and enjoying the beautiful weather. 

Downtown Havana, FL


Art as Social Commentary - Gadsden Arts Center

Fall of 2018

In the fall of 2018, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will host two major solo exhibitions centered on art as a catalyst for conversations about social change. In response to the social ills of the world, artists Mark Messersmith and Carrie Ann Baade have created bodies of work that challenge humanity’s impact, and relationship with, the environmental, sociological, economic, and social climate.  

13 N. Madison St. Quincy, FL 32351


Town-Wide Side Walk Sale

September 8th, 2018

Visit us for the last Sidewalk Sale of the year! This is your very last chance to snag some great deals. Almost all of the shops in Havana will be participating in this event; the sidewalks will be lined with fun things needing a great home!

Downtown Havana, FL


Mark Messersmith: When No One is Watching - Gadsden Arts Center

September 28th, 2018 – December 15th, 2018

Mark Messersmith’s oil paintings contain a frenetic energy of flora and fauna mixed with logging trucks, oil refineries, and apocalyptic cityscapes. The artist came to Florida over 30 years ago and was struck by the constant tension of the state’s natural world butting heads with residential and commercial development. Messersmith came from the Midwest, where he says nature had all been paved over, leaving only a few squirrels and blue jays. Florida is a varied, beautiful, wild environment that has really only been inhabited by large numbers of people for 100-150 years. But in that time, the state has been striped almost bare of its natural resources, yet, as Messersmith tries to capture, the animals and plants of the area find a way to survive. The artist captures this never-ending conflict between man and nature using rich colors, dramatic light sources, and dizzying perspectives. Messersmith says he is capturing what is happening “just” beyond the suburbs and Walmart stores, the scenes of what is left of the natural world, with hints of encroaching developments.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Carrie Ann Baade: Mimesis - Gadsden Arts Center

September  28th, 2018 - December 15th, 2018

Carrie Ann Baade’s exhibition Mimesis relies on the artist’s ability to realistically describe the world, imitate it, and then subvert and distort it to show the viewer her vision. Baade’s collection of paintings are executed using old master techniques as a way to make the viewer feel comfortable, at home with the traditional oil paintings known in museums and books. However, the artist’s subject matter is a surrealistic cacophony of images, pulled from Baade’s archive of images gathered for the past decade of people, angels, fire, and animals configured to comment on current social, political or economic issues.

13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351


Auction & BBQ 

October 6th, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Join us for some tasty BBQ and a fun auction! Barbeque plate, dessert and a drink for $12. Auction starts at 6:00 PM, with some great items like: two weekend stays at the coast, a sunset cruise out of Panacea, a deep sea fishing trip, furniture, paintings, accessories and gift items.  

Downtown Havana, FL


Pumpkinfest 2018

October 13th, 2018

Join us for the 21st annual Pumpkinfest in Havana! This will be an all day family event. It starts at 9:00 AM with arts and crafts. Costume contest for doggies will begin at 11:00 AM, so bring yours in his or her best Halloween costume to win a prize! At 4:00 PM the costume contest for our two-legged friends will take places, ages 0-adult! Several age categories with prizes for scariest and best. Lots of fun activities such as pony rides, train rides, face painting and carriage rides will be available for children. Lots of arts and crafts, homemade goodies and food vendors will be lined up along the streets for your enjoyment. 

Downtown Havana, FL


Holiday Open House

November 10th and 11th, 2018

Join us for wine, food and a jolly good time! Start the day off with some light shopping, followed by our raffle (in every store), a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and caroling with Santa Claus! 

Downtown Havana, FL


Havana Winer Festival & Lawn Mower Parade

December 8th, 2018

Christmas is coming just a little bit earlier this year - December 8th to be exact! This one-of-a-kind festival will have train rides, carriage rides and face painting, plus snow we ship in! The parade starts at 11:00 AM and features cool cars, local school bands, cheerleaderes, the Elf on the Shelf, the Snow Queen and of course The Claus Mr. and Mrs. After the parade, Santa will sit in his big chair and listen to every Christmas wish from the children. Food and craft vendors will line the street. 

Downtown Havana, FL


Norman Rockell in the 1960s - Gadsden Arts Center

January 11th, 2019 - May 19th, 2019

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is pleased to host Norman Rockwell in the 1960s, an exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts focusing on illustrations he created for magazines during that turbulent decade. The exhibition traces Rockwell’s artistic transformation from a painter of people and life’s small but extraordinary moments, to a powerful visual commentator who united America around core national values such as democracy, freedom, and justice.  

13 N. Madison St. Quincy, FL 32351


Town-Wide Side Walk Sale

February 9th, 2019

Join us for the first Sidewalk Sale of the year! Deals and steals will be featured left and right from all of our wonderful shops. You'll be amazed at how mch we can fit in our sidewalks. 

Downtown Havana, FL


Havana Hills Ride Sunday

February 24th, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Havana Hills is a ride for those wanting a new challenge to kick start their cycling season. The ride partners with the town of Havana Florida that wants to promote cycling and a trail connection to Tallahassee Florida. The 88-mile route has 3,300 feet of elevation gain There is also a hilly 48-mile option. All finishers get a patch, chilli dinner, and the satisfaction that only comes after a beautiful ride. All ride proceeds benefit Havana Main Street. 

Downtown Havana, FL