Gorgeous vistas and breathtaking sunrises set against the stately Great Smoky Mountains National Park have inspired artists in Gatlinburg for centuries. Wildflowers spark creativity in some while the midnight black grizzly bears that roam the area are a natural reminder of how beautiful our surroundings can be. Now in its sixth year, the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival will draw artists and their appreciators from near and far to bring home an exclusive piece of art that cannot be found anywhere else. Elk Springs Resort Gatlinburg cabin rentals is located in the heart of the Arts and Crafts Community.
Just a short drive from your luxury cabin the festival is held in downtown Gatlinburg between Ripley’s Aquarium and River Road. From May 15th to May 16th the work of artists from around the country is showcased and available for purchase; from pottery and oil paints to photographs and other items, there is something to please even the most discerning eye. As you stroll outdoors in the spring sunshine take pleasure in local music that represents the Appalachian region, grab something to eat from one of the six vendors: The Peddler Steakhouse, Park Grill Steakhouse, Smoky Mountain Beanery, Wild Plum Tea Room, Johnson Brothers BBQ and the Veranda Restaurant.
Even more exciting than finding that perfect piece for your bedroom or living room is knowing that a portion of proceeds from the event go to benefit the Sevier County Arts Council and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, two organizations that strive to educate artists while encouraging the thriving creative community that has existed in Gatlinburg since the days of the early settlers. The Arrowmont School offers year-round programs in a variety of disciplines meant to encourage neophyte to advanced artists.
After a day spent admiring the art you might be inspired to paint a picture yourself of the fantastic view right outside your cabin. Chat with the artists to pick up some pointers and embrace your creative side; the view in front of you has inspired some of the greatest artists of our time, you might be next! To access the Arts Festival or directions to the Arrowmont School don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff for more information.