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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

AT THE GALLERY


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.

“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

Youth ARts Festival

10th YAF a Great Success

This was our 10th year for the Youth Arts Festival, and it was probably our best year to date. The weather was perfect and the attendees were just as great. Our food vendors – NGN 52, Brew Dawgs, and the FroZen Monkey were terrific. Western Builders was, once again, awesome for providing a satellite lot, and John Faulk’s crew and transit van were a vital part of our success.

We offered three types of printmaking. Western Carolina University’s (WCU) School of Art and Design Ceramics Department had many different clay activities for those willing to get messy. The WCU Art Education Department allowed kids to participate in anything from weaving and dyeing to raft building, and the Interior Design Club encouraged people to draw with them. Southwestern Community College’s (SCC) Art Department demonstrated the Raku firing process. The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts also participated with printmaking.

Macon Faces and our volunteers provided some great face painting. Our volunteers were students from WCU and GEP community members; without them, this festival would not have been a success. This year we added new stations for garnet searching and carnivorous plants, which we feel are important educational aspects to include about our natural environment.

The artists who dedicated their day to demonstrations did such an amazing job. We appreciate all who joined us for the first time and those who choose to come every year. Thank you so much and we hope to see you all again next year.

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Interested in Taking a Class?

Each of our instructors are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

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

To register for a class, you must call the office. We do not have online registration at this time.

Partial list of classes available. Click here for full list.

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The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

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