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  • "23rd Best Small City in America"
    - Charles Anderson's In Search of Eden
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849
  • "23rd Best Small City in America"
    - Charles Anderson's In Search of Eden
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

The Arts

Art is good for the Heart! From Visual and Performing Arts, Culinary and Vintner Arts, Music and Storytelling, relaxation and Healing Arts, and Writers and Filmmakers, welcome to the cultural hub of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. We invite you to come enjoy our Arts community from the historic University campus to the National Registered downtown Historic district. Stroll our shops, taste our local food and wine, and have fun experiencing our vibrant arts scene. 

Brad Walker Pottery

Brad Walker Pottery

  (706) 864-7130
   70 North Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Walker’s Pottery store has been a staple of the Dahlonega Public Square since the early 1970s. He throws clay in his working studio, and throughout the store, he has accentuated his bowls, vases and sculptures with thought-provoking lines from poets like Walt Whitman and Rumi. Inside every purchase, Brad Walker inserts a poem he has written, as well as a personal letter. Both, containing words like “love,” “trust” and “understanding,” reveal his peaceful nature and extreme gratitude for the shop.

Grant Searcey Artwork

Searcey Artwork

    (706) 531-8422
     18 N. Park Street, Suite B (2nd Floor), Dahlonega, GA 30533
    www.grantsearcey.com

Grant Searcey is a fine art painter and professional illustrator currently based in scenic North Georgia. He has a gift of being able to tap into a child-like imagination and turn these visions into whimsical works of visual art for others to view and enjoy. Grant's inspiration comes from a variety of sources - "It's a melting pot of mother nature, science fiction, comic books, steam punk, anime and even graffiti and street art found in more urban settings."

UNG 4th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Sculpture

  (706) 867-2832
   University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
 www.ung.edu/visual-arts/outdoor-sculpture
  March 23, 2013 – March 15, 2014

The exhibition is free and open to the public, with a self-guided walking tour available at the Information & Welcome Center, just inside North Georgia’s main entrance on South Chestatee Street, as well as at the Department of Visual Arts office in Hansford Hall, off West Main Street, in Dahlonega. The hours of the Information & Welcome Center and the Department of Visual Arts are M-F, 8AM-5PM. There is parking available to visitors at all times near the parking deck entrance at the end of College Circle, off West Main Street. Large groups should arrange visits in advance—guided tours may be available.

Lingo Lounge "Open Mic for Writers"

Lingo Lounge

  (954) 383-5717
   Held at Smiley's Tavern, 132 Legion Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
 www.facebook.com/LingoLounge
  3rd Monday of each month from 8:00 pm to midnight

Lingo Lounge is "the right place for writers" in the old coffeehouse tradition. They offer Open Mic for writers of all genres: poetry, prose, comedy improv, playwrights, songwriters, slam poetry, jingles, advertising...any original written words that you as a creative spirit would like to speak or sing to an audience in a nurturing, non threatening environment.

Mountain Flower Art Festival

Mountain Flower

  (706) 482-8390
   Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
 www.dahlonegaarts.org
  May 17th & 18th, 2014

Come out and enjoy over 70 artists of all varieties and even watch some of them as they create their art on the spot. From pottery to two dimensional art to photography, the Mountain Flower Art Festival has something for everyone. Parking is free and located around the square and just off the square. The parking garage at the University of North Georgia is also available for a fee. The Dahlonega Arts Council invites you to enjoy a weekend of fine dining, shopping, art and wine!

Dahlonega Art Trail - May Art Month

Art Walk   (706) 864-3513
   Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
  www.dahlonega.org

Experience Dahlonega's Visual, Performance, and Culinary Arts in May during the Dahlonega Art Trail. Live Artists work around historic Downtown Dahlonega in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains. Stroll around downtown as you enjoy the Art Trail of galleries and shops. Continue walking among the sculpture exhibit on the beautiful campus of the University of North Georgia... all on one relaxing Saturday.

If you are looking for a unique experience on a spring Saturday, take the Dahlonega Art Trail around downtown and see artists doing what they do best, creating art and fine crafts. Chestatee Artists, a local arts organization, and other artists from the region provide demonstrations of a variety of media as artists show their creative talents. The Art Trail is part of a focus on art in Dahlonega during the designated “Art Month,” which also includes the Dahlonega Arts Council’s annual Mountain Flower Art Festival, the third weekend in May.

Olde Cannery Arts Center

Cannery

   (706) 864-8785
   61 Enota Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
   www.dahlonegaarts.org

The Olde Cannery Arts Center, originally constructed by the WPC in the 1940's, was first used as a community cannery. In 2003 the Dahlonega Arts Council took responsibility for the structure. There has been restoration of the Olde Cannery Arts Center as an exhibition and gallery space, facility for event rentals, and a signature community building for arts, civic and other private events. Check website for shows.

Local Artist Organizations

Artists

Non-profit artist organizations rely heavily on community support and individual memberships. They're very valuable assets to a healthy art community. If you are an artist, please consider joining and supporting your local non-profit art organizations.

Chestatee Artists
    (706) 867-8059
     Monthly meetings at 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    www.chestateeartists.com

Dahlonega Arts Council
    (706) 864-8785
     The Cannery - 61 Enota Sreet, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    www.dahlonegaarts.org

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