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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

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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

ARTIST ON THE ROAD

Shufelt Featured At Indiana Show

As the featured artist at this year’s Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show in Columbus, Indiana, GEP glass artist Aaron Shufelt helped focus attention on the GEP and the use of methane gas to power the furnace in the glassblowing studio.

Shufelt, one of nearly 70 artists recycling and reusing materials to create their work, exhibited in November in celebration of America Recycles Day.

Aaron works in a wide range of genres, from traditional flared bowls, to dragon eyes, funky vessels, and conceptual sculpture pieces. He brings a rare level of energy and enthusiasm to his workspace, and his demonstrations are a crowd favorite.

Bartholomew County (IN) is considering a facility similar to the GEP to capture and convert landfill gas for useful, creative purposes; and to foster tourism and economic development. Supporters of the project asked for Shufelt's participation to give the general public and county officials the opportunity to see his work and to learn about the GEP.

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 Thursday - Saturday, 11 - 4 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

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