Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville will host the May Artist Market this Saturday, May 6th from 11 am to 4 pm. The cost to attend the event is $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors. Admission is free to those age 12 and under, Chattooga County residents, and members.

According to a description of the event from the Paradise Garden Foundation –

Join us this weekend for a day of visual art, music performances, and pure fun! Paradise Garden is sparkling as it is one of the prettiest times of the year at Howard Finster’s 4-acre folk art environment. This Saturday’s May Artist Market offers work by 17 folk artists and craftspeople from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. The festival also features a side dish of bluegrass and acoustic music, and the Chattooga Garden Club will serve up pimento cheese sandwiches (famous from Finster Fest) and homemade pound cake.

Becky Altman (Georgia), paintings and fiber art, @beckysusanneshop

*Justin Thomas Atkin (South Carolina), paintings

Kimberly Dawn Crowder (Tennessee), painter, @kdcart

*Amy Durant (Georgia), painter, @amydurantart

Kelly Farley (Alabama), paintings

*Richard Funderburke (Georgia), paintings

Lee Laney (Georgia), pottery and paintings, @lee.laney

Will Linn (Georgia), paintings, @willlinnart

Peter Loose (Georgia), paintings, @petesartshop

Terran McCanna (Georgia), jewelry, @kaiaghok

Mountain Mama Farms (Georgia), farm-made products, @mountainmamafarms

Olivia Myers (Georgia), pottery, @omyersart

Martha Sandlin (Georgia), mosaics, found-object sculpture

James Schroder (Georgia), stenciled paintings, painted cutout figures, @jamesschroederart

Tom & Judy Touchstone (Georgia), pottery, jewelry

Mikel Yeakle (Georgia), photography, @mikel_yeakle_photographer

(* = artists showing at Paradise Garden for first time)


Music in the Meditation Chapel:

Russell McClanahan and Friends, bluegrass, noon

Pure Hart, acoustic set, 1:30pm



The Chattooga Garden Club’s

famous pimento cheese sandwiches

and homemade pound cake!

Attendees of the May Artist Market are encouraged to view ‘Howard Finster Before He Painted: Wood Creations from the ’50s to ’70s’, an exhibit that will be on display until Sunday, May 7th.