Both bargains and fun can be found at the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s Artist Marketplace the fourth weekend in April on the Public Square. Smart shoppers will find North Georgia’s finest market of traditional crafts, a remarkable collection featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade items available for purchase directly from some the mountain region’s best artists.
Held around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, the Marketplace continues its tradition of presenting the juried work from an impressive group of top quality regional artists. Open on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine, the market will have booths containing the work of around 55 Marketplace artists, of whom 24 are new to the Bear festival.
Featured artists, some of whom will be demonstrating their talent, will display fabric arts, folk arts, furniture/woodworking, glass and metal, jewelry, mixed media, drawing and painting, photography, pottery, woodworking, and jams, jelly, honey, candles and soaps. Among the folk artists this year will be noted area resident Billy Roper, the festival's Heritage Sponsor. For the first time at the Bear festival, there will be a Luthiers; Row, featuring six skilled, regional instrument builders.
In another section of the Marketplace, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Festival Sponsor, will present several demonstrating artists who work in blacksmithing, pottery, spinning and dyeing, weaving, woodcarving, and basketry.
Paul Garrett – Blacksmithing
In various locations around the square, there will also be booths for the Weekend Gold Miners, SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA), festival information and merchandise tents, an instrument sitting tent, a First Aid tent, Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School, BB&T, Giggle Monkey Toys, and Appalachian Broadband Technologies.