NE Georgia Arts Tour Set for November 8, 9, and 10th
In the mountains of Towns and Union counties you will find the creative spirit at work in a host of studios and shops. The Northeast Georgia Arts Tour offers you the experience of feeling soft, felted pumpkins made from alpaca fur, holding pottery from the red earth and wooden bowls from the forest. You can try on glass jewelry alit with every color under the rainbow, watch demonstrations of crafts being made and find a one-of-a-kind gift for someone on your Christmas list. You may also wish to plan a visit to a lodge or cabin decorated with an artistic touch. Whatever your fancy, the NE Georgia Arts Tour has it all!
Participating local artists, shops and lodging are:
ArtWorks Galleries and Gifts in Hiawassee
Class Act Glass Studio in Young Harris
Misty Mountain Inn and Cottage Rental in Blairsville and
Sundance Gallery Gifts in Blairsville
Lardworks Glass and Fiber Studio at Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm in Blairsville
The Pumpkin and Paca Fest will be held during the tour this year at the alpaca farm. Owner, Holly Williams said, ?I will have needle felting kits and a felting station set up for this event and visitors can meet our alpacas.? Julie Willer, co-owner of Sundance Gallery, will have several artists demonstrating how they make crafts in her shop.
The tour offers opportunities to visit artists? studios that are not normally open to the public, like Class Act Glass in Young Harris. ?This year,? Mary Lightner said, ?I am making small Christmas trees in glass, each one unique. They are sure to brighten your holidays and be a conversation piece at holiday parties or become a special gift. I will show you how I make them too.?
There are more than 40 locations in neighboring counties where you can find art during the tour and year-around. The self-guided tour uses yellow signs to guide visitors through five counties in Georgia and Clay County, NC. The semi-annual tour takes place Friday from 1- 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1- 4 p.m., though some places may have slightly different hours, so check their web site before going. Brochures are available at welcome centers and local businesses. For information and a map, visit www.ArtsTour.org or on Facebook at NGAARTSTOUR.