(Media release from Paradise Garden Foundation):


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Start Times:  Trade Day 7am-1pm, Galleries & Folk Art Environments

10am-5pm, Music 6pm

Northwest Georgia

Paradise Garden Foundation presents the 5th Outsider Art Trail Tour on

Saturday, June 18, 2022, offering a great road trip deep into the heart

of southern small-town charm and quirk.  Wander down some rural byways,

and celebrate summer amid the leafy beauty of Northwest Georgia!

Start your day early at a “picker’s paradise” as you dig for treasures

at Trade Day, a giant outdoor flea market just outside downtown

Summerville that has been a Chattooga County tradition since 1976.  

Explore two remarkable outdoor art environments on foot – world famous

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville and Calhoun’s The Rock

Garden, featuring more than 50 diminutive buildings, crafted from tiny

stones, shells, glass fragments, and more are modeled on famous

cathedrals and other landmarks.  Visit and be tempted to start or add to

your collection at two folk art spaces in Summerville — Folk America

Gallery, and Finster Picture Framing. In a storefront right around the

corner from Finster Picture Framing, visit Summerville’s potter at Myers

Vintage & Local, showcasing slab pottery and vintage local finds.  

Somewhere in between, lunch on the patio or cool off inside at

Jefferson’s for juicy burgers and salads, or Trion’s Sweet P’s Tavern

near Paradise Garden. From Summerville, head to Rome, GA, fun-filled

afternoon at the Kingfisher Art Co. “Outsiders: Folk Art from the Rural

South” opening art reception (3 pm-6 pm) and music performance by Abe

Partridge (6 pm-8 pm) sponsored by Rome Area Council for the Arts


The Outsider Art Trail Tour is a self-guided, dog-friendly,

get-outta-the-house event designed as a day of discovery and art at a

chill pace.  The tour is free with Paradise Garden admission ($15

adults/children 12 & under free), with donations appreciated at the Rock

Garden, as well.

Trade Day opens at 7 am (just ½ mile south of Paradise Garden),

galleries, and art environments from 10 am to 5 pm.  Pick up your

Outsider Art Trail “Passport” at Paradise Garden, and, as you tour, earn

stamps to qualify for a drawing for free prizes including an overnight

Airbnb stay at Paradise Garden.

Make the Outsider Art Trail Tour a full weekend adventure!  Consider our

two nearby state parks for an array of overnight accommodations – James

H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park and Cloudland Canyon State Park –

The Outsider Art Trail Tour is organized by Paradise Garden Foundation.

Read more about the stops and download a map here: