Party at Paradise Garden on Oct. 17 benefits restoration of northwest Ga. folk art environment

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Framed and loose prints are among items stocked in the shop in the new Visitors Center at folk artist Howard Finster's Paradise Garden. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
The water is flowing again around the Mosaic Garden in Howard Finster's folk art environment in the community of Pennville, outside Summerville. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

The water is flowing again around the Mosaic Garden in Howard Finster’s folk art environment in the community of Pennville, outside Summerville. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

“See, I wanted this to be a garden where people could come into it and relax and feel like they’re free,” Georgia’s most famous and idiosyncratic folk artist,

Framed and loose prints are among items stocked in the shop in the new Visitors Center at folk artist Howard Finster's Paradise Garden. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Framed and loose prints are among items stocked in the shop in the new Visitors Center at folk artist Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Howard Finster, once proclaimed of Paradise Garden, his roadside attraction/art environment outside the northwest Georgia town of Summerville.

After several years of restoration work by the nonprofit Paradise Garden Foundation, Finster’s mecca has regained a lot of the beauty it boasted during its 1980s heyday.

You can see for yourself during the annual Party at Paradise fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17, featuring a progressive dinner and art auction. The event benefits Paradise Garden’s operations and ongoing restoration. Tickets: $45. 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville. 706-808-0800, paradisegardenfoundation.org.

Items from the auction, including Finster art and a variety experiences, is available for advance bidding online here.

Rickey and Maxey at Maxey Folk Art in Gore, just outside Summerville. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Rickey and Maxey at Maxey Folk Art in Gore, just outside Summerville. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

MORE AJC COVERAGE OF PARADISE GARDEN:
The stubborn creative streak that has long run in this quiet, secluded corner of northwest Georgia didn’t die with its most famous artist. Meet some of the contemporary makers who call the Summerville area home here.


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