For a place that sees upwards of three million visitors a year, the Helen Arts & Heritage Center exudes small town charm. The combination of area history and creative expression is summed up beautifully here.
The Helen Arts & Heritage Center is the brainchild of a several local women with a vision—to have a unifying place for artists to come together with common purpose. The non-profit center opened in 2007 and as the breadth of its opportunities and activities has grown, so has its popularity.
There is a working pottery studio and a Painter’s Guild Loft where artists can work and share space and talents. Check out the center’s art gallery and you’ll see many of their works and others in a wide range of media. There is also an assortment of art classes available. Included in these are art-based therapeutic workshops for military veterans. The center offers these in partnership with Help Hospitalized Veterans, a California-based group, and is the only non-profit arts and heritage organization in the country to do so.
The other core focus of Helen Arts & Heritage Center is its history museum which tells the stories and legends of the mountain town’s 100-year history. This is a work in progress, so with each visit you may discover a new tidbit or two.
Throughout the year, Helen Arts & Heritage Center hosts special events in addition to its gallery shows. We’ve listed two notable one below.
Helen Arts & Heritage Center
25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen, GA
Monday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Art-Oberfest. This arts & fine crafts festival takes place during the Helen’s Oktoberfest, on of the most fun times to visit the town.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Admission is free
Missletoe Market. Make your holiday gift list and head to this festive indoor marketplace featuring handcrafted art and fine crafts.
November 24-25, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
And of course, whenever you’re heading to the mountains, plan to stay here at the Inn. We’re just minutes from the action—and yet blissfully away from it all!