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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

Mon-FRI, JUNE 22-26

Summer Art Camp at the GEP

Children ages 4 - 10 are invited to come for a week of creativity and fun at the GEP.

Cost: $100 per camper (includes all materials and tools). Maximum of 10 campers per class.

Ages 4-6: 10 am - Noon
Ages 7-10: 1 - 3 pm

Campers will explore various creative techniques in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Using professional (and age-appropriate!) techniques, campers will create original works of art that are sure to make a memorable summer! Possibilities are endless, and include nature studies, paper maché, animal portraits, masks, fairy houses, self-portraits, and landscape painting.

Instructor Julie Jacobson is a master artist with over a decade of teaching experience. She is a certified NC k-12 art teacher, occasional college professor, and enjoys sharing her love of art with people of all ages from pre-K to college.

To sign up or for more information, contact Julie at 828-575-0270 or by 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