Mrs. Lessie Smithgall was one of the original members and founder of The Arts Council, Inc. dating back to 1970. Hosting board meetings from her home, Mrs. Smithgall launched an organization that has produced a significant impact on the arts community in Northeast Georgia.
Mrs. Smithgall has given her support to numerous organizations over the years including her tremendous support to The Arts Council. She says that she and her late husband, Charles, mostly enjoyed the people they met while working with different organizations. "Most of this was in partnership with my husband," she said. "He was the guiding light for me."
From their generous support of matching grants that led to the acquisition and restoration of The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, to their gift of the First Methodist Church properties, Charlie and Lessie Smithgall have been unwaivering in their commitment to the arts.
In her recent book, "I Took The Fork," Lessie gives vivid accounts of her life and experiences to Phil Hudgins in this memoir. Her humor comes through in the anecdotes of the people she has met and the many adventures she has experienced. Along with her philanthropic endeavors, we also hear about her dedication to the arts, her knack for journalism and her love of family.
"I Took the Fork," by Lessie Smithgall as told to Phil Hudgins.
Mrs. Smithgall's book can be purchased from The Arts Council either online or from our offices. A portion of the proceeds from the book go directly towards funding Arts Council programs and services.
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