‘At the Speed of Joy,’ by Kent Paulette is currently featured at Studio 140 at Sorrento’s.

Alta Vista Gallery

2839 Broadstone Road,

Valle Crucis

(828) 963-5247

In its 30th year, Alta Vista Gallery shows more than 100 artists in all media specializing in mountain landscapes. The gallery is constantly receiving new landscape paintings by award-winning artists.

The gallery also recently received new work by Jeremy Sams, who was recently juried into an internationally acclaimed painting competition — chosen as one of 50 among thousands of worldwide entrants — and became one of their top sellers. Sams is a representational Impressionist who paints “en plein air” and shows more than 25 acrylic paintings at Alta Vista, often depicting the Watauga River, Bass Lake and other local scenes. Recently, Sams has won first place at the Annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Painting Competition, making it his third year in a row doing so.

Gallery owner Maria Hyde’s book, “He Gave Me Barn Cats,” is also available at the gallery, or from It’s the perfect gift for those who love animals and the High Country setting.

This week, the Alta Vista gallery received new oils by Monique Carr, who recently won another “Juror’s Choice” award and was written about in the prestigious magazine, Fine Art Collector. Alta Vista shows more than 30 paintings by Carr, who is a nationally acclaimed Modern Impressionist oil painter whose work is atmospheric and textural.

New oils by Sheila Hancock have also arrived at the gallery, all featuring local scenes in the High Country, such as Price Lake. Hancock has won many awards, including the honor of having a painting permanently hung in the Governor’s Mansion in Georgia. Alta Vista regularly shows more than 35 paintings by Hancock, an impressionist whose oils are calming and peaceful.

Alta Vista Gallery has five new oils by Amos Westmoreland, the gallery’s top seller last year. Westmoreland paints only with palette knives, no brushes, so his work is thickly textured. He is also known for the great variety of colors in each painting.

Gallery hours vary. Please call (828) 963-5247 to hear the gallery’s hours. View images of paintings on the gallery’s Facebook page @AltaVistaGallery.

Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery

9600 Linville Falls


Linville Falls

(828) 765-6226

Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery is a unique arts destination offering visitors the opportunity to experience sculptures in an outdoor garden area. Easy to maintain social distancing and wonderful to walk, visitors can sit and enjoy the sculptures in nature. The open gallery space is filled with artwork to explore, experience and collect. The work is created by artists from throughout North Carolina, ranging from steel sculptures and cast glass to playful wire sculptures of wild rabbits and meditative sculptures made of stone. The range of materials and styles has a lot to offer visitors. Anvil Arts is also the working studio of metal sculptor Bill Brown.

The gallery is located on Hwy. 221 in Linville Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 317, close to Linville Falls Hiking and directly across from The Linville Falls Winery. Contact Anvil Arts at (828) 765-6226 and Visit online at

The Art Cellar

920 Shawneehaw Lane,

Banner Elk

(828) 898-5175

A High Country arts destination celebrating 26 seasons, The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Highway 184 in Banner Elk and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage

155 Ginny Stevens Lane,

Blowing Rock

(828) 372-7005

The Edgewood Cottage Artists in Residence program has been canceled for the 2020 season.

Ashe County Arts Council

303 School Ave,

West Jefferson

(336) 846-2787

The Ashe County Arts Council and Arts Center is located in a beautiful stone building constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. The Arts Center also boasts a gallery shop that sells the work of over 100 artists and crafts artisans.The Ashe Arts Center is also the site of concerts, literary events, meetings, and rentals and is even the polling place for West Jefferson. For more information about this unique art space, visit

BE Artists Gallery

The Historic Banner

Elk School

185 Azalea Circle,

Banner Elk

(828) 898-6767

Join us this autumn to see our latest art, including a variety of new hand-carved wooden birds by Joseph Bua and a selection of fiber art by Lorie Bush.

BE Artists Gallery is now staffed Thur-Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Simply stop by, call the phone number on the sign and we’ll let you in. Or, schedule a private appointment by emailing, or calling (828) 898-6767. Feel free to bring friends and family members, up to six people max at a time.

Please check the website for calendar updates at Reach the gallery by email at

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Ginny Stevens Lane,

Blowing Rock

(828) 295-9099

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is open Tues- Sat, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Programming and events are now being offered digitally through BRAHM at Home at

Visitors can visit the gallery’s website and follow @brmuseum on social media to view a variety of videos, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, art lessons geared towards youth and more.

The gallery’s gift shop is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

BRAHM is a hub of artistry and entertainment in the heart of the High Country. The museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities and permanent collections.

See a full list of gallery events online at

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery

7539 Valley Blvd.,

Blowing Rock

(828) 295-0041

On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is presenting their third show of the summer season featuring Amy Sullivan and Wes Waugh. Both artists grew up in Statesville and now are both popular selling artists at the gallery here in Blowing Rock. Sullivan currently resides in Statesville, while Wes Waugh has lived here in the High Country for many years.

Amy Sullivan is best known for her large paintings of abstracted barns. She uses decisive cropping of the barns to give these structures a life. Each of her paintings seems to tell a story, almost as if she uses the buildings as characters in a narrative. Sullivan uses cold wax and oil paint as a medium, which brings an ethereal quality to the large paintings of mostly whites, light blues and greens, and the occasional pop of red.

Wes Waugh, Appalachian State retiree and local naturalist, has many paths to his livelihood including natural area conservation and tech work; but he specializes in painting and teaching watercolor. Waugh has a distinct style of watercolor, using bright colors to create beautiful mountain landscapes of the area. His paintings of local scenery like Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Hawksbill and many more can be founding decorating the walls of houses all over the area.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for business hours. They are limiting the number of people in the gallery to five under NC’s Reopening plan. They are asking if you feel under the weather to please stay home, and to social distance and wear PPE while viewing in the gallery or bringing art to have framed. Stay safe, shop local and Support small business!

Blue Ridge Artisan Center

201 W. Main Street,


(336) 990-9500

The Blue Ridge Artisan Center sends guests on a journey of discovery and adventure that defines the indomitable spirit of the people of Northwest North Carolina, where art is created and music is made.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Blue Ridge ArtSpace

377 Shadowline Drive,


(828) 264-1789

The Blue Ridge ArtSpace, a community arts hub filled with four galleries, classrooms and a gift shop, is the home of the Watauga County Arts Council.

Due to COVID-19, the gallery is currently closed to the public.

For additional information, sign up on the Blue Ridge ArtSpace/Watauga County Arts Council’s website to receive monthly updates, check their website at, watch its Facebook and Instagram pages, or come by the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. Visitors may also call them at (828) 264-1789.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery

1155 Main Street,

Blowing Rock

(828) 295-6128

Bolick and Traditions Pottery have resumed normal business hours. 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.

The gallery unites three potters from the Owens family: Original Owens Pottery, established in 1938, now owned by Boyd Owens. Bolick Pottery, owned by Glenn and Lula Owens Bolick, who are long time potters of the High Country; and 2018 recipients of the N.C. Heritage Awards. Traditions Pottery, Michael and Janet Calhoun of Blowing Rock. Janet was recently awarded the 2020 “In These Hills, Folk and Traditional Arts, Master Artist Award” through South Arts.

Other potters include Sue Salvaterra of Weaverville, McWhirter Pottery of Burnsville, and Ten Hands Pottery of Boone.’

Carlton Gallery

10360 Hwy 105 S.,

Banner Elk

(828) 963-4288

Carlton Gallery’s 38th Winter Group Exhibition with Small Works begins with a Holiday Open House on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibition features small works in paintings, decorative and functional pottery, basketry, gourds, wearable fiber, wood, glass and jewelry by the many talented artisans in the gallery.

Social distancing with safety protocols are practiced throughout the gallery.

Paintings reflecting the beauty and serenity of the winter landscape by Freeman Beard, Egidio Antonaccio and Sharon Rusch Shaver are some of the many art works of various styles and subject matter in this exhibit.

Decorative and functional clay vessels, lidded jars and vases by Ralph Mello; wall sculpture in domes, botanicals, dwellings and magnolia buds by Valerie Schnaufer; earthscape and dreamscape shallow bowls by Patti Connor-Greene; whimsical, hand drawn and painted designs in mugs and bowls by Laurie Caffery Harris; hand carved and painted small and medium bowls and mugs in earth tones by Ira Burhans; carved and hand-painted vases, bowls, spoon rests, butter dishes and trays by Molly Lithgo, along with rustic salt and pepper sets, sugar and creamer sets, trivets, tumblers, trays and small bowls by Jim Rientjes; hand carved and intricately glazed mugs and lamps by Gordon Batten make thoughtful holiday gifts.

Wearable fiber jackets in short and three-quarter lengths by Trimdin; handwoven scarves by Carolyn Glazener, along with colorful scarves by Banaris and wool felted hats by Myra Tannehill are sure to make the holidays bright and warm.

Fred Mead utilizes recycled glass to create innovative designs in cake plates, candelabra, trays, coasters, and one-of-a-kind sculpture.

“The Intuitive Presence of Art” exhibit continues with paintings by Lori Hill, Debbie Arnold and Toni Carlton. Their style of painting connects the inner self to the invisible worlds of soul and spirit. Their unique paintings are mixed media employing different techniques developed by each artist.

The exhibition includes non-objective abstracts by Tonya Bottomley and Lisa Boardwine, contemporary figurative works by Warren Dennis, landscape paintings by Mary Kamerer, mixed media paintings by Vae Hamilton and landscapes with flora and fauna by Trena McNabb.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone, 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk and 8 miles from Blowing Rock at 10360 Hwy 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community.

Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 on Sunday. Visit the Carlton Gallery’s website to view artwork, artist information or workshops.

Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery

205 Johnson Lane,


(828) 733-3144

The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery represents regional painters, sculptors and fine craft persons. A portion of all proceeds benefit the children of Crossnore School and Children’s Home.

Gallery hours are from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crown Gallery

1153 Main Street,

Blowing Rock

(828) 818-0008

Crown Gallery is proud to represent exceptional local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists, each offering a unique style. The gallery has been designed with a relaxed atmosphere to comfortably view the ever-changing collection.

Gallery owners, James Selby Rue and Carolyn Crocker-Rue, bring many years of combined experience in the field of art to their roles as curators of original fine art by an exceptional roster of mid-career professional artists.

James studied at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, The American Academy of Art in Chicago and received an MFA and business degree in Boston. He taught classes and owned a successful advertising and product design agency with offices in Chicago, Boston and Miami for more than 40 years.

Carolyn is an oil painter specializing in the landscape. Her work has been consistently represented in national level galleries for the last 20-plus years and has earned a loyal following in North America, Mexico, Great Britain and Australia.

Together they continue to develop innovative fine art products, such as the RUE Signature Wall Easel, that are used by artists around the world.

Gallery summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday.

Doe Ridge Pottery

585 W. King Street #D,


(828) 264-1127

Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery is Boone’s premiere gallery for locally handcrafted ceramics.

The gallery features the work of Bob Meier with over 40 years of experience with the craft as well as nine other local potters. It also offers beautiful silver jewelry from Kathy Smith and Pamala Hoffman.

Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery is open for business Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday fro noon until 6 p.m.

In doing its part to keep Boone healthy, Doe Ridge Gallery is limiting the number of customers and asking people to wear a mask when in the gallery. If you would prefer to make an appointment call and the gallery will schedule private sessions in 30-minute increments.

Doe Ridge Pottery has launched an online store so that community members may shop the gallery from home. The online shop is located at gallery also wants to continue to encourage local residents and customers to support the area’s local restaurants by buying takeout once a week.

Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery

10 S. Jefferson Avenue,

West Jefferson

(336) 846-3827

The Florence Art School Gallery hosts an open studio every Thursday from 1-4 p.m. in the downtown West Jefferson studio space. This is a non-instructional, informal time to enjoy working and meeting other artists. Membership is $50 annually. Artists and the public are welcome. Visit the gallery website for more information.

The Florence Thomas Art School gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hands Gallery

543 W King Street, Boone

(828) 262-1970

The year is drawing to a close, but not before the holiday season arrives, bringing a little light into this dark time of year. This time of year is for great food, libations, gift-giving and giving thanks. All of our artists at Hands Gallery wish you all a safe and joyous season.

Everything we have is unique and crafted with care. We have so many specials items to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Whether it’s jewelry, pottery, a warm hat and scarf, a painting or a print, you’ll leave the store with a smile. We make gift giving easy.

Stop in soon and talk with one of our knowledgeable salespeople. We are all artists that have worked in the gallery and will be happy to advise you while shopping. Smile and enjoy the holidays. Love from Hands.

Hands Gallery, open 45 years, offers a selection of jewelry, fiber, baskets, pottery, photos, gourds, woodblock prints, soaps, mosaics, stained glass, wrought iron, wooden bowls, furniture and many other handcrafted items. Hands Gallery is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jones House Cultural Center

604 W. King Street,


(828) 268-6280

Due to COVID-19, the Jones House is temporarily closed until further notice. When the Jones House is open, a new artist or organization will present their work each month in the Mazie Jones Gallery and be featured in the monthly First Friday Art Crawl reception. For the 2020 gallery schedule and more information on the Mazie Jones Gallery, visit the Jones House online.

When open, the Jones House gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Main Street Gallery

2027 Main Street,

Blowing Rock

(828) 295-7839

The Main Street Gallery is a member owned co-operative with a beautiful array of fine art and hand-crafted work, showcasing 16 local member artists as well as 20 consignment artists from around the region.

Main Street Gallery features painters, jewelers, traditional and contemporary potters and basket makers, fiber and leather artists and more. The collective has a great range of pricing to suit any budget and each artist is constantly creating and adding new work, so there is always something new to see!

The gallery was established in 1982 and is located in the historic old rock Post Office right on Main Street next to Mellow Mushroom.

For more info on the gallery and our individual artists, visit

Martin House Gallery

1098 Main Street,

Blowing Rock

(336) 508-2828

The Martin House Gallery, located in the Historic Martin House on Main Street, Blowing Rock is showcasing a wide variety of original artwork and styles from many local artists. We are excited to announce that we have updated our website to include an online store. Browse or shop our vast collection of art any time, anywhere. New featured artists include John Mac Kah and Dee Beard Dean.

The gallery offers free delivery and installation as well as after hour showings. Visit the Martin House Gallery website to see featured artists and available work in the gallery. Find the gallery on Facebook and Instagram @martinhousegallery.The Martin House Gallery’s new website now offers visitors the option to shop for your favorite art from the comfort of your own home. Don’t know what pieces would look best in your space? Martin House has also added a virtual consultation opportunity to easily visualize your favorite pieces in the location of your choosing. Check out the new site and enjoy 15% off your first purchase as well as free local delivery and installation.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. through Sat. and 1 to 5p.m. on Sunday with after hour showings by request. To set up an after hours showing call 828-773-0650.

R.T. Morgan Art Gallery and Glass by Camille

120 N. Jefferson Ave.,

West Jefferson

(336) 246-3328/(336) 977-8972

Enjoy fine art in a small town setting.

Internationally known artist/co-owner R.T. Morgan is very diverse with his art. On display are stainless steel sculptures and wall hangings for outdoors and interiors ranging from 2-12 feet working and incorporating different materials and styles. R.T. is also an accomplished stone sculptor in alabaster, black alberene and marble. He is known for his colorful paintings of birches and local scenes from abstract to realistic.

The gallery also houses a framing business in which Morgan frames all his work and serves the public.

This year, R.T. is sharing his talent and knowledge of painting by giving painting lessons, limited to two people. Materials included.

Call for an appointment to create your own work of art.

R.T. and Camille are celebrating 34 years as professional artists. Commissions are accepted — “if we don’t have it, we can make it.” Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Call for private viewings anytime. Visit the gallery’s Facebook at

Nthº Gallery

683 W. King Street,


(828) 919-6919

The Nthº Gallery and Studios is a not-for-profit, member and donation-supported art venue serving as an incubator for emerging and established artists in the Boone area.

Currently, the Nthº Gallery is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Sally Nooney Gallery

7143 N.C.-194, Banner Elk

(828) 963-7347

Sally Nooney Gallery has reopened, and it is stocked with a limited supply of colorful, washable masks by tie-dye artist Laurie Hardin.

The gallery is full of one of a kind glass, paintings, jewelry and other treasures and Sally continues to create new items every day.

Follow her Facebook page for new images and frequent updates.

Further inquiries and commissions can be discussed by calling the gallery.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Studio 140 at Sorrento’s

140 Azalea Circle,

Banner Elk

(828) 898-5214

Studio 140 at Sorrento’s features large paintings by artist Kent Paulette. As they enter the gallery, visitors will see paintings of animals that once roamed the area such as elk and wolves.

They might hear live music coming from the next room which is dedicated to pop art portraits of famous musicians.

The upstairs gallery features Paulette’s paintings of dancing female figures and abstract mountain landscapes.

The main gallery has a section dedicated to horses. A 6-foot-tall portrait of a horse with thick impasto texture hangs next to paintings of wild horses running free in a Cubist style.

In another section, visitors will see local scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway along with deer and bears. There’s also a gallery space dedicated to Paulette’s colorful op art inspired paintings based on geometric patterns.

Paulette is a self-taught artist who uses uninhibited, energetic brushstrokes to create paintings that leap off the canvas, alive with color, texture and movement. His work can be viewed online at Paulette also commissions custom pet portraits.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W. King Street, Boone

(828) 262-3017

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, located on King Street in Boone, has seven galleries with changing contemporary art exhibitions and is the largest facility of its kind in the region.

Now featured in the Main Gallery is Fictive Strategies: Suzanne Sbarge & Holly Roberts. These artists have been paired together in this exhibition because they share a similar sensibility; they both use collage, weaving textures and images into surrealistically enigmatic artworks that open subconscious doorways into the ambiguous space of the night: haunting dreams brim with narrative probability remaining stubbornly resistant to literal interpretation.

Featured in the Mayer Gallery and visible from King Street through the windows is CANTAR DE CIEGOS/SONG OF THE BLIND: Esperanza Cortés. The artist’s interest in the folk-art traditions, art rituals, music and dance of Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa, and their continuous and evolving changes are at the core of her practice. She is a multidisciplinary artist, and creates sculptures, installations, reliefs, works on paper and site-specific interventions. She uses her work to encourage viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives especially when dealing with Colonialism, and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.

Outside of COVID-19, gallery hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Friday.

For more information about exhibitions and programs, visit or call (828) 262-3017.

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