"4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
- USA Today Travel 2014
"Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
- Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015
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.
Offering handmade paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and much more, Awakening Fine Art provides a platform for over 20 North Georgia Wine Country artists. We strive to reflect the best of our historic and artistically diverse community. Come in to the gallery to meet and observe our studio artists as they demonstrate their talents creating new works daily.
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.
Canvas and Cork is a combination of wonderful things to see and taste. Studio artists, Ann McCormack, Grant Searcey, Mike Denier and Beth Brightwell are on site in their studios where you can watch them work or wander through the gallery spaces and see the creative works of other local artists. As an official Georgia Farm Winery Tasting Room by Chestatee Valley Vintners, you are invited to come for a wine tastings of the Canvas and Cork wines.
124 Wash Rider Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Bill Lawson has been painting anything and everything since 1957. Nowadays you can find his vast collection of work at his Chicken Coop Art Gallery on Wash Rider Road and some of his works at the Carriage House Shoppes galleries.
The Folkways Craft Gallery and Tasting Room is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Appalachian Fine Art from local and regional artists living in the south east appalachian region. Folkways also has fun and whimsical garden art, gourmet foods and a wine tasting room featuring the Cottage Vineyard and Winery wines.
The Bob Owens Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Hoag Student Center across from the Great Room. The Bob Owens Art Gallery hosts approximately six exhibitions annually, including the “Hal B. Rhodes Student Exhibition,” and “Appalachia Here and Now.”
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."
University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
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.
Spend the evening strolling through the Galleries of the historic square of Dahlonega, GA. Tour our local galleries the second Saturday of each month, from 5:30pm to 8pm. Each gallery will have refreshments, and some will have demonstrating artists and entertainment. Great art awaits you.
Held at Smiley's Tavern, 132 Legion Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
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.
Come out and enjoy over 60 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!
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.
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.
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.
Monthly meetings at 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau | 13 South Park Street | Dahlonega, GA 30533 | (706) 864-3513 or (800) 231-5543