Green Energy ParkClassglass studioart in the parktour of kiln
 

WE HAVE SUSPENDED ALL CLASSES, tours and other public events until they receive guidance otherwise from State and County governments. Should you have any questions or concerns, or wish to schedule tours for the Fall semester, please contact the GEP office at 828/631-0271.

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.

“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

2020 Youth Arts Festival Cancelled

Out of concerns for everyone’s health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Youth Arts Festival has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing everyone when the festival returns in September 2021.

The Annual Youth Arts Festival is all about local artists showing off their skills, and sharing their knowledge with hands-on activities. September 21, 2019 marked our 12th Annual event, and over 2,000 kids and parents came out to have fun, hear some great music, learn some things, and get their hands dirty with clay, paint, chalk, and more.

The resident Green Energy Park artists were on hand to demonstrate glassblowing, blacksmithing, stained glass, and lampworking. WCU students and faculty came out in droves to set up art stations, and help with logistics.

Musical entertainment was headlined by The Maggie Valley Band, who treated the audience to their unique blend of bluegrass, country, and Americana, while Big Nick's BBQ served up plenty of pulled pork sandwiches. In all, it was an energetic and fun-filled day for all who attended.

This event is always FREE and open to the public.

Learn more

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.

Classes will resume after the health crisis passes.

The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

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