Folk art, antiques, and outsider art
Over the years we have gotten many inquiries about where Artisans is located, if we have an open gallery, if we have pieces not on the web site, and if someone can visit. The short answers are that we are in Mentone, Alabama; do not have an open shop; you are welcome to visit and see pieces in person; and we have many, many items not photographed or added to the site yet.
Mentone, Alabama, USA, is a small town on Lookout Mountain in the Northeast part of the state, just 6 miles off Interstate 59. It is an easy drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham, or Chattanooga. In the area are some other folk art and outsider art dealers, fine art and crafts, antique shops, some well known folk and fine artists, and some good flea markets. Paradise Garden, the Howard Finster environment is only about 25 miles away. In Mentone are several Bed and Breakfasts, Cabin rentals, good restaurants, State and National Parks with camping and cabins, and lots to do and see. Mentone has several festivals throughout the year. Driving directions are below, followed by links to several Attractions, Lodging, Restaurants, and More.
We do not have an open shop, or even a sign out front, but you can call us ahead of time to make an appointment for a private showing. It is best if you can give us AT LEAST a weeks notice, as many times we are traveling or have other commitments. Our folk art and antiques are NOT all out and beautifully displayed. However, if you can put up looking through a mess and the clutter of several rooms and storage areas in 3 locations then you might find it well worth the visit. We have literally thousands of pieces of art and antiques and it could take several hours if you wanted to look at everything.
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First, some notes.
Before calling and arranging an appointment, please thoroughly look through the web site. Even though we have many pieces not yet on the site, first confirm if there are specific items or categories you would like to see. Some of these may be in boxes or hard to get to in storage. When you call, let us know what they are and we can have them out for you. If you primarily are seeking the work of particular artists, ask first if we have any. This can save you a trip if we don't. Again, please try to call ahead at least one week to arrange your visit.
If you are coming out, please know that we are very sensitive to perfumes, essential oils, after shaves, colognes, incenses, etc. When these come in - especially on several people - it causes a problem. For that reason we ask you to refrain from using or wearing things with scents prior to visiting, and thank you in advance. If you are unable to do that, we ask you not to visit. The driving directions bring you not too far from where we are. We will give the rest of the information when you arrange your visit. Please try to call between 9 AM and 8 PM CENTRAL time.
Mentone is located 6 miles off I-59. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta or Nashville and slightly more from Birmingham or Knoxville. It is only 45 minutes from downtown Chattanooga and about an hour from Huntsville. If you are travelling to or from Atlanta from the west (Nashville, etc.) there is a cutoff with a scenic drive which saves about 15 miles and adds about 15 minutes. It takes you near Paradise Garden in Summerville, Ga. If you want to stay in Mentone, there are some B & B's, a motel at the State Park, other lodging and camping.
FROM Nashville and West:
Take I-24 to I-59. Go south on 59 for about 30 miles to Alabama exit #231 - Valley Head, Hammondville, Rt. 117. Go up ramp to stop sign. (BE CAREFUL bridge to left blocks view of traffic). We are almost exactly 6 miles from here. Go left on Rt. 117. You will stay on it into Mentone. It will wind through a couple small towns and make a few turns. The road is well marked with signs to Mentone. You will go up Lookout Mountain - an easy climb. When you get to the top there will be a flashing yellow light. This is "downtown" Mentone. (On the right, a bit further is a little shop with the name of "Artisans Gallery". This is NOT us. This is an import business.)
FROM Chattanooga and East:
Go to I-24 and follow the directions above.
FROM Birmingham and South:
Go to I-59 and exit right on # 224, 49th St. Go 1.1 miles to the end. Turn left and go 5.8 miles until you come to a stop sign. This is where route 117 comes in. Turn right here and then follow the directions above starting with "You will go up Lookout Mountain".
Take I-75 North to Adairsville exit #306. Go up ramp. Turn left on GA. 140. (We are about 55 miles from here). Go straight approximately 16 miles. 140 will dead end at Rt. 27. Take a right on 27 going toward Summerville, GA. Follow 27 in to Summerville. You will cross a railroad track. 27 will bend to the right. DO NOT go right. Go straight. There is a former antique store in front of you. You will turn LEFT on GA. 48 toward Menlo, GA. We are about 20 miles from here. GA. 48 will turn into AL. 117. You will go up Lookout Mountain. Keep going straight to Alabama. Follow 117 for about 5 miles.
(When coming from this direction there is one thing that may be a little confusing. After you enter Alabama, you will pass a business on the right named "Artisans Gallery". This is NOT us. This is an import business. The people knew of us and our name, yet called themselves that anyway. Only stop if you want stuff from Peru, etc.)
Take Rt. 72 toward Scottsboro. Exit toward Fort Payne and Rt. 35. Go across bridge. Take sharp left on Rt. 40 up Sand Mountain toward Henegar and Hammondville, toward I-59. Go across I-59. Rt. 40 becomes Rt. Follow directions from Nashville, above.
Some information about Mentone
Mentone is a town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2009 census the population was 486. Mentone has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Alabama, narrowly over Hytop. ... Mentone is in the ridge and valley region of the far southwestern Appalachian Mountains.
"Mentone is home to many private summer camps, including Camp Desoto for girls, Camp Riverview for girls, Camp Laney for boys, Alpine Camp for boys, Camp Skyline Ranch for girls, Lookout Mountain Camp for boys, and others. The town is also well known as a center for arts and crafts, with numerous shops and several great restaurants. During the summer, the population more than doubles. During the winter, it is famous for being the only place with snow skiing in Alabama, at Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort.
Mentone is located on Lookout Mountain in the northeastern part of the state of Alabama. Lookout Mountain is eighty-three miles long. It is a part of the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian chain which begins in Maine and ends at Gadsden, Alabama.
Mentone is about midway between the northern and southern tip of Lookout Mountain and has a comfortable elevation of between 1,700 and 1,800 feet high. The highest point on Lookout Mountain is High Point, Georgia, at 2,393 feet; Sand Mountain is about 1,700 feet high, and Gadsden, only 1,124 feet.
The section was carved out of lands originally occupied by the Indians, principally Cherokees. In 1819 a portion of western Georgia was laid off into the state of Alabama; on December 14, 1819, Alabama became the 22nd state. DeKaIb County was one of three Alabama counties created from the Cherokee Cession in 1835 when the Indians were forced to leave on their "Trail of Tears." Dekalb County was formally established January 9, 1836, eleven days after the Treaty of New Echota."
Links to Attractions, Lodging, Restaurants, and More
The Town of Mentone web site. This site has many other links about History of the area, Living and Working Here, and Visiting.
Mentonealabama.com has a Directory, History, a Virtual Tour, Mentone Festivals, Mentone Arts, Regional Events, a Slide Show of Mentone Area, and Links.
MyMentone.com presents details of Mentone, Alabama businesses, an aerial map of downtown, latest uptodate news & events, links to 80+ Mentone-related websites, a photo tour of the Mentone area, and other information added periodically.
Please note that all the links that follow were taken from MyMentone.com and used by permission. We gratefully appreciate all the work they did in compiling and setting up this list. Please visit that web site and explore what else it offers. Thanks go to them for permitting the use of these links.
Mentone, Alabama Links
- The Inca Connection - [This is NOT us]. Catharina Collings offers a wide variety of art spanning many genres, styles, and media.
- Unique clothing, gifts, and home decor in the Hitching Post at Mentone Town Center.
- Art gallery, coffee shoppe, and a roomful of antiques.
- Presenting new/resale clothing, gifts, home decor, and many unique one-of-a-kind items in the Log Cabin Village.
- Camp for girls ages 8 to 16 near Mentone.
- Christian summer camp for girls near Mentone.
- Camp near Mentone for public, private and homeschool groups from 3rd grade up to high school.
Churches (those not underlined have no website):
Mentone United Methodist Church - Cutler Avenue behind Post Office.
Mentone Church of God - On Alabama Highway 117 across from the Post Office
Moon Lake Baptist Church - 1.2 miles East of Mentone Post Office on Alabama Highway 117.
Discover Lookout Mountain
- a comprehensive illustrated directory of information on Lookout Mountain, Mentone, Fort Payne, and Sand Mountain, including lodging, dining, things to do, and much more. Link TourDekalb.com goes to the same website.
- providing up to date, complete, easy to use real estate information for Mentone homes and all other Dekalb County communities in the north east Alabama mountains, from Mountain Properties Real Estate.
- Presents excellent descriptions of cities and attractions, including Mentone, Desoto Falls, Desoto State Park, and everywhere else you care to read about.
Fort Payne Live
- A collection of links and information on northeastern Alabama, plus info on caving to scuba-diving.
(under MentoneAlabama.org) - overview and history of Mentone's local newsletter.
Guide to Mentone
- A very comprehensive directory with photos of Restaurants, Shopping, Activities, Parks, Attractions, Calendar of Events, Services, and Lodging. Currently the most all-inclusive directory for the Mentone area.
- official town website with information on government organization and contacts.
- a collection of information about Mentone from the Mentone Area Preservation Association (MAPA).
Mentone Area Directory
(under MentoneAlabama.org) - directory of Mentone lodging, restaurants, shops, camps, and other.
Virtual Cities / Mentone
- a summary of the Mentone area, plus directories of events, lodging, attractions, and restaurants.
: Cherokee Camp - 30 wilderness acres on top of Lookout Mountain with a spectacular view of Shinbone Valley.
Canyon Falls Cabin
- Cozy cabin with a unique view, directly in front of beautiful Desoto Falls.
Chalet's of Mentone
- "Rooks Nook" Cabins In Mentone offers Cabin Rentals for your cabin vacation at low prices.
Cool Breeze Cottage
- 2 blocks to Center of town, Restaurants and shopping! 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)
- Mentone's largest accommodations, sleeping up to 16, without any sacrifices of quality.
Crystal Lake Lodge
- getaway on top of Lookout Mountain with expansive views and comfortable accommodations.
Emerald Lake Cabins
- 78 acres with a private lake high atop Lookout Mountain in historic Mentone, Alabama.
Hawk's Nest Hideaway
- Hidden vacation rental offers the perfect combination of beautiful scenery and comfortable amenities.
High Horse Lodge
- 3 bedroom, 2 bath rental lodge. Hike trails over 540 acres, pet the fainting goats, fish, wade.
Little River Cabin
- Come spend time swimming, fishing and boating on the River or just relax on the porch.
Little River Harmony
- We're happy to share our beautiful vacation log home with you, our friends and family.
Little River Retreats
- Little River Retreats/Wild Woods Cabins have some of the most beautiful rentals at great rates.
- offers over 30 cabins available for rent year round, with a wide variety of cabin sizes and locations.
Mentone Inn B&B
- complete information on Mentone Inn events, availability, and rooms, with photos.
Mentone Mountain Getaways
- Ole Heritage Realty presents rental cabins in Mentone, Alabama on Lookout Mountain that offer both the adventurous and those seeking calm relaxation the perfect vacation or weekend getaway.
Mentone Mountain View Inn - nestled on the edge of Lookout Mountain and offering guests ever-changing panoramic vistas.
Mountain Laurel Inn
- inspiring views abound from our bed and breakfast inn nestled on the canyon below DeSoto Falls.
- located on the west fork of the Little River, a half mile away from Desoto Falls.
Raven Haven Bed & Breakfast
- located atop Lookout Mountain with ten acres of nature outside the back door and a 1/4 mile trail to soothe your spirits.
Ritz on the Rocks
- This brow front cabin is a favorite for travelers seeking a beautiful, romantic destination. Ritz on the Rocks features excellent views and luxuriously appointed rentals.
- Vacation Cabin Rentals in the Mentone, Alabama area where you will enjoy family vacations, romantic weekends, peaceful getaways, fishing excursions and solitude retreats.
- A eco-friendly family environment with reasonable rates, water & electric, pavilion, bath house, horseshoe pits, private lake for fishing (no license required), and much more.
Little River Hardware
- rent equipment, buy hardware, get a lawn mower repaired, or grab a great sandwich, 6 days a week except Saturday
Mentone Wedding Chapel
- chapel is a replica of early Appalachian churches, sitting in a peaceful wooded park-like setting.
Roger's Real Homemade
- At the North Alabama Farmer's Market by the Mentone Inn on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
CASA of DeKalb
- Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound of DeKalb County
One World Adventure Company
- A Non-Profit, Eco-Adventure program offering residential and travel camp adventure experiences in some of the worlds most beautiful places. Sponsoring events for the community and programs for local youth.
- provides a wide array of listings including Residential, Land, Lake and Brow properties in Mentone, Alabama and the surrounding area.
- Part of DeSoto State Park and is one of the tallest and most visited waterfalls in Alabama.
Desoto State Park
- The official Alabama State Parks website, including how to get there, what to do, where to stay, and more.
One World Adventure Company
- A Non-Profit, Eco-Adventure program offering residential and travel camp adventure experiences in some of the worlds most beautiful places.
Shady Grove Dude Ranch
(under Cloudmont) - all about the ranch with its 1,000 acres of beautiful wooded wilderness,and 100 miles of picturesque trails.
Tigers for Tomorrow
- exotic animal park and rescue preserve with over 130 animals, including Lions, Tigers, Bears, and a petting area for kids (with Goats).
True Adventure Sports
- Actually in Fort Payne, but a neat place with ziplining, kayaking, and a bunch of other stuff.
- In Little River Hardware, about a minute East of the Mentone flashing light - open every day but Saturday
- Gas station, market, and deli next to Log Cabin Village - open 7 days (closed Sunday in Winter)
- Located above Miracle Pottery between Mentone and Valley Head - open 7 days for lunch, weekends for dinner.
- all about the food, fun, art and entertainment at downtown Mentone's popular cafe and country store.
Artisans: Matt Lippa or Elizabeth Schaaf
P.O. Box 256, Mentone, AL 35984 USA
(256) 634-4037 (9AM - 5PM Central Time Only please.)
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