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At the Green Energy Park, we turn trash into treasure, garbage into gas, and problems into

The GEP uses renewable energy resources as fuel for glassblowing studios, blacksmith forges, pottery kilns and greenhouses. By doing so, we're able to offer artists and crafts people a chance to create jobs for themselves, which in turn brings more visitors to the area, helping everyone in our community. More about us

Interested in Taking a Class?

Check back for a fall calendar of classes here at GEP. Each of our artists are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different profiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Each artist has a page on this site where you will find examples of their work and contact information.

“This is an awesome place and it was a class that brought us out here. We will definitely be returning. Thank you!”

Jackie Methven, NC

“The instructor was great and explained all the steps carefully. His enthusiasm was wonderful. Thank you!”

“A great use of natural available energy and fun at the same time”

Gerry Murdock, NC

“Thank you for all you do to help me in continuing to follow my dreams!”

“Can't wait to come back!”

Cindy Lewis, NC

“I love the classes you offer! The Green Energy Park is Awesome!”


“Great teachers!”

“The park is a needed endeavor and the class exposes the public to the 'green' concept”

“The GEP is a great asset to Jackson County”

Mary Gwen Kistler, NC

“I love what you guys are doing here and it's wonderful that you offer classes to the community as well.”

“Wish I had come here before now! ”

Robert Edwards, NC

2014 Youth Arts Fest

7th YAF to be September 20

The 2014 Youth Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 20 from 9am till 3pm, and will feature local and regional artists demonstrating their skills and sharing their love for art. In addition to glassblowing, blacksmithing, stained glass, and other demonstrations, artists will be working hands-on with the children to make clay pots, make jewelry, block print, paint with squirt guns and water balloons, and much more! Aspiring artists can also help decorate GEP’s rainwater collection tanks with their painted handprints.

Click to view photos from previous years.

The stage area will feature local musicians and dance troupes, and the GEP Trash Dragon will be making several appearances as well.

There is no entrance fee to attend the Youth Arts Festival and all art activities are free as well. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

We are expecting a turn-out of over 1,000 people again this year, so come early! Parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Free shuttles will run from Ray's Florist and Western Builders parking lots during the event. No pets allowed: service animals only, please.

For questions about the event or vendor spaces, call the GEP office at 828/631-0271 or email


At the Gallery

GEP Artisans Work on Display

Our beautiful gallery hosts exceptional works by our artists, all of which use renewable energy in their creation. Each piece is selected for its beauty and quality, and best represents the skills of each artist.

You'll find glass and metal ornamental jewelry, vases and platters, sculpture, fireplace tools, butter knives, glass ornaments, pumpkins, paperweights and more.

Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm; and other times by appointment.

The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

MNC Energy Office Rural CenterGolden Leaf FoundationAppalachian Regional CommissionUSDA Rural DevelopementThe Conservation Fund