Every year artists from in and around Gatlinburg gather for the Fine Arts Festival held in May. Although Gatlinburg is well-known for its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts, it is also a haven for artists, painters, sculptors and musicians as well. Gatlinburg is home to several artistic communities, such as the Arrowmont School and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, that invite artists from around the country to become inspired by the great outdoors. Our Gatlinburg Cabins are just minutes from the Arts and Crafts Community.
This year the festival will be held from May 14-15 on the Phi Beta grounds and the Arrowmont/Arrowcraft area. The seventh annual festival will feature sixteen categories – including watercolor, ceramics and glass – that participants will be competing to win in. At stake is $10,000 in prizes and purchase vouchers. If you are not participating, you can certainly bring the entire family along to this free event. It is a fantastic way to get a taste of mountain arts and chat with the competitors about their craft. You can also tap your feet and hum along to the sounds of Smoky Mountain Tales & Tunes all weekend long and there are plenty of Gatlinburg cabins available.
To start the weekend off right, you should attend “Night With the Artist Party” on May 13. Held at the historic Mills Auditorium, tickets are $50; however, you will be given a money voucher to be used to purchase any art over the weekend. Proceeds from the event this year will benefit theSevier County Arts Council, theArrowmont School of Arts & Craft and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club art program. Whether you are an art aficionado or simply have an appreciation for the fine arts, you will enjoy your weekend in Gatlinburg at the Fine Arts Festival.
If you have questions about directions to the festival or where to park, don’t hesitate to contact us at the main office in Gatlinburg via phone or email.