|Dahlonega Art Trail|
2nd Annual Dahlonega Art Trail
Visual, Performance, Culinary
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Live Artists at 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 UNG.... all on one relaxing Saturday.
If you are looking for a unique experience on a Saturday this spring, look no further than Dahlonega, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Take the Dahlonega Art Trail around downtown and see artists doing what they do best, creating art and fine crafts. Chestatee Artists, a local art organization, and other artists from the region are providing demonstrations of a variety of media as artists show their creative talents from 11 am to 4 pm.
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 Festival, May 18 & 19. www.dahlonegaarts.org/2013-mountain-flower-art-festival
You can start the Art Trail from anywhere in downtown as demonstrators “ring” all sides of the public square, as well as down Main Street toward the Carriage House Shoppes. Watch as painters, jewelers, and many fine crafters create their original works. Artists and crafters downtown include: oil paintings by Carole Barker, Laura Brown and Wanda Smith, Watercolors by Ginny Greenwood and Oscar Rayneri, mixed media by Bart Prato, air brush painting by Paul Schiemer, and drawings by Jim Wonderling. Fine crafters include gourd painting by Jeanie Noel, chain saw carving by Carl Pirone, folk art wind chimes by Pattie Pirone, stained glass by Letty Rayneri, fine jewelry by Florence and Paul Roberts and leather goods by Tom Slavicek.
Several downtown Dahlonega shops will also provide arts and craft demonstrators during regular store hours. On the north side of the square, see the creative whimsy of artist Grant Searcey as he paints in Searcey Gallery & Studio. Stroll a bit further and see the original work of painters and jewelers in Awakening Fine Art. Next door, Bleu Gallery features talented artists. Just a few steps down that block you can catch Brad Walker creating his one of a kind pottery. Turn the corner onto North Park Street and go into Picket Fence for more unique paintings by Kitty Craven. Cross North Park Street and go into Cranberry Corners where you will find Jon Dahlstrom, Cleo nominated illustrator, drawing his unique creations. Continue your stroll down Main Street to the Carriage House Shoppes to see the work of Jim Wonderling and regional crafts in Folkways Craft Gallery.
You will not want to miss taking a “walk” around the University of North Georgia campus to view the 4th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, which is free and open to the public. Information on the self-guided walking tour of 18 sculpture pieces will be available at the Information & Welcome Center, just inside the campus’s main entrance, or at the Dahlonega Visitor’s Center. www.northgeorgia.edu/Outdoor_Sculpture
Saturday, music artists add picking and singing to the festivities on the front of the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site as part of the annual Dahlonega Appalachian Jam held every Saturday 2 – 5 pm from April through October. The Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations.
Stroll into Saturday evening hours throughout the downtown district enjoying the monthly Dahlonega Gallery Walk which takes place the Second Saturday of every month from 5:30 pm – 8 pm. Arts enthusiasts can visit several art galleries offering refreshments for guests. www.folkwayscraftgallery.com/gallerywalk
During your weekend visit, make sure to dine around and savor dishes from Dahlonega’s many culinary artists. Unique restaurant options abound in Lumpkin County and Dahlonega – an award-winning food and wine region showcasing some of Georgia’s best vintner artists bottling their tasty products. www.Dahlonega.org
Art is good for the Heart! 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 spend some down time in the refreshing Heart of the North Georgia Mountains and Heart of Georgia Wine Country. 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 – Welcome to Dahlonega – Lumpkin County!
Contact: Dr. Letty Rayneri
323 Emerald Ridge, Dahlonega, GA 30533