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.
This is a great destination for art lovers, as well as those who want a glimpse of the interior of the cottage for free. We’re guessing a trip to Goodyear will draw you into local history. If your focus is on a bike ride or a walk through the district, you might only have time for a brief visit. Stop by and get a taste of cottage and art and, if you like, come back later for a more extensive tour.
Jekyll Island Arts Association
The Arts Association hosts classes, which tend to attract island residents. They do, however, have some shorter programs, such as an Art Camp for Kids, as well as a rotating set of shorter programs on subjects like Weaving and Pottery. Check their website for dates and times.
Each March the Arts Association hosts a festival where members sell pottery, paintings and other artwork. The displays and tables spill out onto the grounds of Goodyear Cottage. The next festival is March 9th, 10th and 11th, 2018.
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