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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, 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.

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“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

Another Great Turnout for YAF 2014

The 2014 Youth Arts Festival held Saturday, September 20 was fun for all ages...

At one end of the building, a young boy stood with a paint-filled balloon in hand and a gigantic smile on his face, ready to make some seriously messy artwork. Over by the clay artists, a group of three little girls all had their hands together on a wheel, shaping a blob of clay into some semblance of a bowl. Up top, a band of kids dug through a pile of gravel searching for garnets, while their parents sat nearby and watched the glass artists create elegant works of art. And when local musical wunderkind Alma Russ took the stage to sing and play the fiddle, it wrapped up an incredible day for everyone.

It’s a powerful feeling, to create something that didn’t exist before. But oftentimes, the opportunity to create artwork is out of reach because of cost or time limitations, or is simply unavailable. So for children and parents, college students and faculty members, visitors and local artists alike, the Youth Arts Festival was a chance to leave their stress at home, and revel in the simple joy of creating art.

Tremendous thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and artists who donated the gift of their time. And thank you to all the parents that cared enough to bring their children out and set their creative spirits free.

Click to view photos from previous years.



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