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

The GEP uses renewable energy resources as fuel for glassblowing studios, blacksmith forges, and pottery kilns. 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 2015 calendar of classes here at GEP. Each of our artists are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

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

Check back often for new offerings, call the office, or join our email list (below right) to get our latest news and class schedule.

Date(s): May 29, 2015
When: 3 - 8 pm, 45 min. classes
Date(s): May 30, 2015
When: 10 am - 5 pm

“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

Minis on the dragon

A Mob of Minis at the GEP

From April 30 through May 2, the Green Energy Park once again hosted the MINIs on the Dragon, which brought nearly 150 Mini Coopers and their drivers to town.

As part of their annual convention at Fontana Village, the MOTD group drove to the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, where they watched an exciting demonstration of hot glassblowing by artists Daniel Sherman and Cole Johnson. Afterwards, most of the car enthusiasts spent the rest of their day zipping around and exploring Jackson County.

The drivers who came the furthest (at least for the GEP tour) hailed from as far away as Canada and Puerto Rico. Each member of the group received a hand-made, dragon-skinned pint glass created at the Green Energy Park as a memento of their trip. Several local businesses, including Tonic Brew and Heinzelmännchen Brewery, offered special deals for the Mini drivers. Next year, the GEP hopes to partner with many more local businesses to expand the event, and bring even more drivers to town.

AT THE PARK

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