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Search Dahlonega streets for art

POSTED: May 9, 2013 1:30 a.m.

For a unique experience, stroll through downtown Dahlonega on Saturday, May 11, for the annual Dahlonega Art Trail.

Chestatee Artists, a local art organization, and other artists from the region will demonstrate a variety of media as artists show their creative talents from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Visitors also may walk around the University of North Georgia campus to view the free fourth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Information on the self-guided walking tour of 18 sculpture pieces will be available at the Information & Welcome Center, inside the campus’s main entrance, or at the Dahlonega Visitor’s Center.

Musicians will add picking and singing to the festivities on the front of the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site as part of the annual Dahlonega Appalachian Jam from 2 to 5 p.m. every Saturday through October.

Participants can watch painters, jewelers and many fine crafters create their original works. Artists and crafters downtown include: oil paintings by Carole Barker, Laura Brown and Wanda Smith, watercolors by Ginny Greenwood and Oscar Rayneri, mixed media by Bart Prato, air brush painting by Paul Schiemer and drawings by Jim Wonderling. Fine crafters include gourd painting by Jeanie Noel, chain saw carving by Carl Pirone, folk art wind chimes by Pattie Pirone, stained glass by Letty Rayneri, fine jewelry by Florence and Paul Roberts and leather goods by Tom Slavicek.

Several downtown Dahlonega shops will also provide arts and craft demonstrators during regular store hours. On the north side of the square, see the creative whimsy of artist Grant Searcey as he paints in Searcey Gallery & Studio.

Visitors may stroll a bit further and see the original work of painters and jewelers in Awakening Fine Art. Next door, Bleu Gallery features talented artists. Just a few steps down that block, Brad Walker will be creating his one-of-a-kind pottery. Turn the corner onto North Park Street and go into Picket Fence for more unique paintings by Kitty Craven.

Cross North Park Street and go into Cranberry Corners to find Jon Dahlstrom, Cleo nominated illustrator, drawing his unique creations. Continue your stroll down Main Street to the Carriage House Shoppes to see the work of Jim Wonderling and regional crafts in Folkways Craft Gallery.

On Saturday night, enjoy the monthly Dahlonega Gallery Walk which is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every second Saturday of every month.

The Art Trail is part of a focus on art in Dahlonega during the designated "Art Month," which includes the Dahlonega Arts Council’s annual Mountain Flower Festival on May 18 and 19.

 


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