(Media release from Paradise Garden Foundation):
OUTSIDER ART TRAIL TOUR
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Start Times: Trade Day 7am-1pm, Galleries & Folk Art Environments
10am-5pm, Music 6pm
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: