Finster Fest is one of North Georgia’s most popular folk art and music festivals. This year’s event will feature acts such as Roger Alan Wade, Patterson Hood of the Drive-by Truckers and many others. Finster Fest 2012 will host artists from all over the nation. The two-day festival will offer a shuttle to Paradise Gardens for special tours.
“Finster Fest being back in Downtown Summerville as it originally started will allow visitors a chance to see not only Paradise Garden by shuttle but also our very active art community,” said Summerville Better Hometown Manager Sylvia-Lee Keziah. “We have so much vibrancy and interest with local artists in our downtown right now and this can be witnessed with a recent surge in new businesses that have opened.”
Located in Summerville, Paradise Gardens is a maze of buildings, sculptures and displays. The gardens were built from found objects and recycled materials ranging from bottles, bathtubs and toilets to bicycle frames and cast-off jewelry. The setting is a two-acre swampland that is drained by numerous canals. Paradise Garden has attained international pop icon status since its creation.
Finster’s outdoor art environment has been the subject of many documentaries and articles. Images of the site can be seen on album covers and music videos from groups such as REM, Black Hawk and the Talking Heads.
Admission to the festival is free. The festival takes place at Dowdy Park on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on May 6 from noon to 5 p.m.
Shuttles will be available to take festival-goers on tours of Paradise Gardens. Live acoustic music will be played at the gardens throughout the weekend.