The Ginseng is one of the annual projects of Garrett County Arts Council. It is a way of showcasing the works of Garrett County’s writers alongside the images captured by local photographers. The publication includes poems, short stories, play scripts and nonfiction. Each year, writers submit their work with a nonrefundable entry charge to GCAC. The Literary Board will then read and discuss each written piece to determine which ones will be published. The board then determines which works would go well with a visual image, and put out a call to Gallery Shop juried artists for desired images. Once everything is finalized, the Ginseng is sent to the printers. After that, the public can visit GCAC for their free copy.

The Gallery Shop

The Gallery Shop hours are Mondays – Saturdays 10AM – 5:30PM, and Sundays closed. We are located at 108 S. Second St, Oakland, MD 21550. Stop by and see the amazing artwork created by our local artisans.

To contact us, please call 301-334-8139. 
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Since the year 2000,  Garrett County Arts Council juried in and accepted the works of 388 local artists. More than half of these artists’ works are showcased on a daily basis at The Gallery Shop.

During the second weekend in October, Garrett County hosts its infamous Autumn Glory Festival which attracts thousands of people to the area to celebrate the beautiful and joyous season. 2018 marks the first year of GCAC’s new project- SEYMOUR: An Art Experience.  This event is planned in cooperation with Simon Pearce, Master Glassblowers.

Our goal is always to display art of the highest quality while making art experiences fresh and stimulating.  We blend out home-grown artists with new art-makers from other areas.  Come along on the journey as we explore the possibilities and expand out horizons as a community engaged in the arts.

All items being sold are completely handmade including; homemade food, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, photography, recycled art, wood products, drawings, paintings, paper crafts and much more all displayed in a large, open, industrial setting.

GCAC also holds a quilt raffle during the event, announcing the winner at the end of the second day. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this event, please contact us for more information.

Artist Studio Tour
Normally during the last weekend in July, Garrett County Arts Council holds its annual Artist Studio Tour. Several artists from all over the county open their studios for two days, allowing visitors to tour their workspaces and buy their artwork. GCAC creates a brochure with a map routed out to lead visitors to every participating artist’s studio. We provide each artist with bright, yellow signs to help lead guests to them as well. Some artists who possess their own studio open their doors to other artists so that they too can participate in the event. If you are interested in being on our studio tour, please contact us for more information.