The Jekyll Island Arts Association holds its annual arts festival every year in early March. This free three-day event attracts over 3000 visitors and 400 association members to Jekyll island. The festival takes place at Goodyear Cottage in the Historic district, where it spills out onto the the mansion’s lawn.
Frank Goodyear, a lumber baron, built the Goodyear Cottage in 1906. The Italian-styled home was restored in 1973. Today it houses the Jekyll Island Arts Association. Goodyear is the only mansion in The Historic District that is open for free every day. Its hours are Monday – Friday noon to 4 PM and Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The home is set up as an art gallery, with items created by local and visiting artists. You will find paintings and photography of structures and nature local to Jekyll Island, as well as examples of sculpture, pottery, weaving and other forms of art. Many of the displayed works are for sale.