Established in 1975, The Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody is a private, non-profit organization, whose mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, by offering an extensive and diverse program of classes, professional artist exhibition series and outreach programs.
At the opening of Spruill Gallery's 2009 Emerging Artists exhibit, local artist Jason Kofke erected a simple, yet powerful piece on the side of an old seed house on the grounds of the Spruill Gallery. The plain white panel read "EVERYTHING WILL BE OK" in hand written black type at the corner of busy Ashford Dunwoody Road and Meadow Lane.
"EVERYTHING WILL BE OK"
The sign became an instant sensation within the community and remained for months, compelling passersby to stop and contemplate the words. Many shared their individual stories of how the message affected them. Periodically, the sign was replaced with other artistic work but an outcry from the public called for the sign’s permanent return.
Although the sign currently displayed on the Spruill Gallery grounds is a replica, its message has not faltered and nor has the response. To share your story about the EWBOK display, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spruill Education Center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road conducts about 700 courses and workshops each year, reaching roughly 7,000 students.
The Spruill Gallery, located in an historic 1867-1905 home on Ashford Dunwoody Road, mounts four to six exhibitions each year, including a Holiday Artists Market.
The Spruill Home place in Dunwoody, Georgia, was the center of a large working farm from the mid-19th century until 1965. Today, the main house and two outbuildings are still standing in good condition on the property. The house has undergone numerous additions and renovations since being built in the 1840s, and features a century's worth of phases and styles of Southern folk architecture.
History of the Spruill Homeplace
- The Spruill Homeplace in Dunwoody, Georgia, was the center of a large working farm from the mid-19th century until 1965. Today, the main house and two outbuildings are still standing in good condition on the property. The house has undergone numerous additions and renovations since being built in the 1840s, and features a century's worth of phases and styles of Southern folk architecture.
- Through the generosity of Onnie Mae Spruill, Stephen Thomas' Spruill's daughter, and Ethel Warren Spruill, his second wife, the Spruill Home place and five surrounding acres have been donated to the Spruill Center for the Arts to serve as a place to foster the arts, and as a remembrance of one of Dunwoody's first families, the Spruill's.
- When Stephen Thomas Spruill (1870-1967), married Miss Mollie Lee Carter (1872-1932) of Sandy Springs in 1889, the Home place was presented to them as a wedding gift. In 1905, Stephen tore down the original log house and rebuilt the Homeplace as we know it today.
- Throughout the early twentieth century, Stephen acquired land from neighboring farms, and became one of the most prosperous farmers and largest land owners in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Most of Stephen and Mollie Lee's descendants continue to live in the Dunwoody area.
Board of Directors
- Keith Hicks :: President
- Beth Saxe :: Vice President
- Robert Stovall :: Treasurer
- Katie Bishop :: Secretary
- Bonnie Berry
- Micheal Binns
- Fran Fuchs
- Rose Kirkland
- Brad Little
- Irv Morris
- Fran Millar
- Marian O’Shaughnessy
- Teresa Santana
- Steve Thornton
- Lori Womble
- Lauren Zeldin