Dahlonega has always been known for the natural beauty of its surrounding mountains and waterfalls and more recently for its wineries. The picturesque historic downtown square is known for its music, shops, and restaurants.
Dahlonega is also becoming known for its art.
This coming weekend, Saturday May 9th, artists will be working around the historic square during the 5th Annual Art Trail. They will be providing a variety of demonstrations from 11 am-4 pm. The trail can be started anywhere in the downtown area since the artists will be “ringing” all sides of the square. Painters, jewelers and fine crafters will be represented. Some downtown merchants will also be hosting artists in front of their stores. The event is being sponsored by Chestatee Artists Inc – a local art organization.
Artists scheduled to be on hand to provide demonstrations of their work include: oil painters, Wanda Smith, Carole Kennedy, Denise Roberson and Joyce Fox; watercolor artist, Oscar Rayneri; mixed media, Bart Prato; acrylic painter, AJ Wolff; Leather crafts, Tom Slavicek; chainsaw carver, Carl Pirone; folk art wind chimes, Pattie Pirone; jewelry, Paul & Florence Roberts; and stained glass, Letty Rayneri.
Dahlonega’s popular Gold Rush Festival is happening this month when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend.
The event has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society
The two-day event includes a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food.
Lodging is difficult to find but this does make for an interesting day trip for local residents and Atlantans’. Our inn is currently full for this event but if you want to explore lodging options visit the chamber web site at dahlonega.org and click lodging link.
Next weekend is the 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, a highly entertaining and lively weekend of music and art
held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Pre-festival events will occur on Friday, April 19, with the beginning of jamming on the Historic Public Square and the Live Country Auction that night.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, there will be free admission on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the MainStage Tent across from Hancock Park with a heavy emphasis on bluegrass and old-time music from the Southern Appalachian region.
A juried Artist Marketplace on the square, Saturday and Sunday, features traditional mountain crafts, and there will also be a Country Store at Hancock Park. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance, a Saturday Open Mic event, kids activities, and food complete the offerings.
Looking for a unique art experience on Saturdays? Look no further than Dahlonega downtown square in front of 94 N Public Square. Chestatee Artists, a local art organization, is providing demonstrations as artists show their creative talents from 10 am to 3 pm., the first Saturday of each month through October. Saturday, September 1, watch as artists, Norma Hulsey and Dorothy Abercrombie, paint their creative works in oils and/or watercolors.
Several downtown Dahlonega shops also have arts and craft demonstrators during regular store hours. See the creative whimsy of artist Grant Searcey as he paints in acrylics on the plaza in front of Searcey Jewelry and More, just off West Main Street. On the north side of the square, the Bleu Gallery features talented artists Mike Miller, Beth Brightwell, Terry Ergle, and Brandon Jones. 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. In addition, step into many Dahlonega shops and restaurants to see the original art and photography that adorns the walls and is for sale.
26th Annual Mountain Flower Art Festival
Saturday & Sunda, May 19-20, 2012
10 am – 5 pm
ARTS & CRAFTS, FLOWERS, MUSIC… and More!
The festive event has taken place on the Historic Square in Dahlonega, GA on the 3rd Weekend in May for over 20 Years.
The Mountain Flower Festival is known for its excellence in quality art and crafts exhibitors and displays of beautiful wildflowers of North Georgia. Adding to the vibrance of this year’s festival will be the addition of local musicians performing in front of the Visitors Center.
Proudly Sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council
Proceeds Benefit Lumpkin County Schools & summer camps at the Olde Cannery.
Art Walk to Feature Demonstrations by Local Artists
Have you ever wondered how an artist or fine crafter creates his or her artwork? Now is your chance to see local artists demonstrating their creative process in front of the Visitors Center, on the first Saturday of each month from June through November.
Sponsored by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, different artists who are Chamber members will be featured each month, as they demonstrate their particular art or craft. Visitors can come and meet area artists between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and see how the magic begins.