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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, 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?

This year, instead of creating a calendar of classes here at GEP, we ask you to contact artists directly to plan a customized class. 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

Artists Needed for 2014 YA Fest

The GEP is looking for new participants and returning alumni artists to assist with this year's popular Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, September 20, 9 am till 3 pm. An estimated 1,600 children and adults will be in attendance to watch artisans practice their craft, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects.

Artists must be prepared to demonstrate their skills throughout the day, and engage the attendees. There is no booth or space fee, and artists may sell their handmade items from their booths. However, no factory-produced items are allowed to be sold at the event.

For any artisans willing to work hands-on with children and other members of the public, the GEP will offer a small stipend to help cover the costs of materials. Past hands-on demonstrations have included hand-throwing and wheel-thrown clay pots, painting, weaving, pressed flowers, block printing, recycled planters, face painting, and more.

To participate in the Youth Arts Festival, artists should fill out the ONLINE FORM or call the Green Energy Park Director, Timm Muth, at 828-631-0271.

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