Dahlonega Art

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Dahlonega offers a variety of attractions including beautiful mountain scenery, wineries, waterfalls, unique shops, and restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines. Another attraction that lures visitors to the area is the Dahlonega art scene.

Many of the festivals in Dahlonega have an art emphasis with exhibits of local and regional artists showing and selling their work. The largest art related festival is the Arts, Wine and Jazz Festival held every May in the historical Dahlonega square and Hancock Park. The festival is sponsored by the local non-profit artists association Chestatee Artists. The association supports art education in the Dahlonega area as well as encouraging artistic expression among the member artists. Professional jazz musicians and local wine are also featured.

The Dahlonega art scene also includes some popular art galleries in the downtown area. They include the Bleu Gallery, Canvas and Cork and Brad Walker Pottery.

Bleu Gallery is located on the historic Dahlonega square and includes the works of many local artists. Some of the artists may be working in the gallery areas when you visit and would be happy to show your their work and discuss their craft with you. The gallery also has a wine tasting area with a variety of wines for tasting or for sale. For more information visit their web site http://bleugallery.net

Canvas and Cork gallery is located adjacent to Hancock Park and also features the works of many local artists. They also offer art classes on a variety of art mediums as well as a wine tasting area. On weekends they often have live music featuring Irish Jams and other styles of music. For more information visit their website: http://canvasandcorkdahlonega.com/

Brad Walker Pottery is located on the historic square and houses the work of Brad Walker a longtime Dahlonega potter and artist. Brad has been located at the same location for over 40 years and can often be found at his wheel at the back of his shop creating his unique pottery pieces. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walker-Brad-Pottery/167060836641829

The University North Georgia has an active art department with exhibitions throughout the year showing works of students and faculty. The Bob Owens Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Hoag Student Center and has six exhibitions per year. https://ung.edu/art-galleries/dahlonega/index.php. The university also has the outdoor sculpture exhibition, a regional juried exhibition, featuring artists born in or residing in one of the 13 Appalachian States. More information at https://ung.edu/visual-arts/outdoor-sculpture/index.php

Out of Town Art Galleries

Around Back at Rocky’s Place Art Gallery is near Dawsonville, Ga and features the work of 200 folk artists, potters, wood carvers, fabric artists, and metal sculptors. Less than 30 minutes from the inn they are located at 3631 Hwy 53 East at Etowah River Road in Dawsonville, GA 30534. Phone 706-265-6030. Only open Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit https://aroundbackatrockysplace.com/

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia Sautee Nacoochee describes and shows the history of pottery in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Attached to the Sautee Nacoochee Center which features local history as well as local art on display and for sale, it is 36 minutes northwest of the inn. It opened in September 2006 and has won architectural awards for the building design. The museum contains an extensive collection of 150 pieces dating back to the 1840’s. For more information on exhibits, workshops, special events and hours of operation visit http://www.folkpotterymuseum.com/ .

Around the corner is the InsideOut Sautee gallery, market and wine tasting room. They feature local art and jewelry for sale as well as lunch. Gluten free options available. For more info visit http://insideoutsautee.com/index.html

Head south and also visit the Gourd Place at 2139 Duncan Ridge Road in Sautee. They invented a process to use gourds to make pottery. The pottery takes on the intricate physical charactertics of the inner part of the gourd with unique details. They have bowls, dishes, coffee mugs, earrings and much more. For more information visit https://gourdplace.com/

Come visit us and experience the Dahlonega area art attractions.

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

Dahlonega TrailFest

Dahlonega TrailFest happens every year in early September.

The festival celebrates the outdoors and the Appalachian Trail which is nearby. It also celebrates Dahlonega as an AT Trail town and the southern terminus to the Appalachian trail.

Come stay with us in a room or a yurt  and attend the festivities.

The festival was started by the Yahoola Trails Conservancy who has promoted hiking in the Dahlonega area for years. They developed the popular walking trail around Dahlonega’s reservoir, Lake Zwerner. The trail is also featured in our blog post of Dahlonega favorite walking trails.

Earlier years the festival was focused on the Appalachian Trail. It later evolved into a festival of outdoor activities using non motorized outdoor recreation. Now you will learn more about and see vendors and activities featuring backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteering, and more!

Past festivals have had paddle boarding and kayak demos on Lake Zwerner,  downtown climbing wall,  downtown pump track for mountain biking, running shoe demos,  group led mountain biking rides at the Bull and Jake Mountain trails , service projects for trail maintenance, a 5k/10k run, outdoor trivia contests, kayaking/tubing/canoeing on the Chestatee River and non guided hikes to Preacher’s Rock. Dahlonega Trailfest has something for everyone!

Authors and speakers who write about the Trail or have hiked the Trail as thru hikers are part of the program. If you enjoy hiking or outdoor activities you should consider attending. Workshops on hiking and enjoying nature are usually featured as well as vendors of outdoor gear. Major sponsors vary from year to year and often include REI and Jekyll Brewing.

Music and food are also an integral part of the festival. Musical concerts are normally scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Come stay with us in a yurt or room and attend the Dahlonega Trailfest festival.

For more information for the current year calendar of events visit Trailfest

Dahlonega Trailfest exhibits

Bear on the Square Festival

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Come stay with us and attend the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday and Sunday, the third weekend in April.

The festival is known for live bluegrass mountain music,  jam sessions, storytelling, live and silent auctions, and a dinner to kick things off on Friday.

The festival features many “main stage” acts from Friday evening until Sundaybear on the square festival afternoon.

Appalachian Jams musicians start gathering on Friday afternoon around the historic square as well as .acoustic jams.  Bring a chair and watch or bring an instrument and join in. Musicians perform the old fiddle tunes, country, and bluegrass. If you play bring your guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, mouth harp, jews harp.

If you bring your own instrument and do not want to carry it around they have instrument checking, similar to a coat check in a fancy restaurant. Give them your instrument and they will give you a token used to get it back while you wander around the festival.

During most festivals they have a moonlight jam at 7:30pm on the main stage where you can listen or jam with a famous mountain music musician.

Free workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays  on topics such as storytelling, ukelele, mandolins, clogging, jamming, fiddling, guitar tips and singing.

Also enjoy the artists marketplace with traditional crafts and juried art from award winning artists. Some years they have over 80 booths.

On Saturday the festival features storytelling with professional storytellers who are keeping the oral tradition of the mountains alive.

Bear on the Square has been featured in Explore Georgia’s “10 Signature Georgia Music Festivals to Experience this Spring.”

For more information about this amazing event – one of the most popular music festivals in the Southeast – visit http://www.bearonthesquare.org

Come stay with us in a room or a yurt and enjoy the tradition of Appalachian music and the Bear on the Square Festival.