Alta Vista Gallery
2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis
New oils by Sheila Hancock have 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 also 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.
This week, the gallery received new work by Jeremy Sams, who was recently juried into an internationally acclaimed painting competition — chosen as one of 50 among thousands of world-wide 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.
Also, Monique Carr 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.
In its 29th 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. View images of paintings on the gallery’s Facebook page @AltaVistaGallery.
Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Sundays, which are open by request.
Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery
9600 Linville Falls
Highway, Linville Falls
This unique arts destination highlights sculpture for outdoors and interiors. Representing the work of accomplished sculptors working in diverse materials and styles, the location also includes the working studio of well known sculptor Bill Brown.
Visitors are welcome to visit six days a week during the summer from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds, sit under the trees and discover works inside the gallery, all the artwork exhibited both inside and outside are available for purchase, from small works for interiors to large scale outdoor works.
The garden features sculptures by artist Bill Brown, figurative works in clay by Tinka Jordy, stone sculpture by Carl Peverall, Beau Lyday’s gothic inspired works in reclaimed metal and wood and cast iron and steel sculptures by Tripp Jarvis, with clay sculptures and large pots by Joseph Sand. The sculpture gallery includes work in a variety of mediums; cast glass by Rick Beck, animal sculptures by Christine Kosiba, woven copper by Virginia Fisher, works in clay by Carmen Elliott, interior work by Bill Brown and more.
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 email@example.com. Visit online at www.studiosculpture.com.
The Art Cellar
920 Shawneehaw Lane, Banner Elk
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
Edgewood Cottage is currently closed for the season and will reopen in May 2020.
Ashe Arts Center Gallery
303 School Ave., West Jefferson
Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BE Artists Gallery
The Historic Banner Elk School
185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk
BE Artists Gallery is a cooperative of artists who have joined to open a gallery of fine arts and crafts in Banner Elk. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is a hub of artistry and entertainment in the heart of the High Country. Every Thursday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Experience a personal guided tour through our exhibitions! These docent-led tours will allow you to experience the artwork and historical artifacts in ways you may not have on your own. Free and open to the public. RSVP recommended by calling (828) 295-9099.
Attend a showing of “Dulatown,” a documentary short about a community in Lenoir that was established from the land of a slave owner (Alfred Dula) and bequeathed to his slave (Harriet) and their eight children. Free for members and $5 for non-members. The film will be on Sept. 26, from 6-7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., attend a workshop by Brandy and Dave of Silver River Chairs for a crash course on the 7-step method of chair caning. All tools, materials and projects are provided. Cost is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. Register online at BlowingRockMuseum.org.
On Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., BRAHM will host folklorist and writer Byron Ballard as a part of its Thursday Art and Culture Talks (TAC) series. Ballard will discuss mountain folklore, history and changes in the region through the 21st century.
Join Marion Cloaninger on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for an abstract floral and landscape collage workshop. Explore scribbling and painting on papers in a relaxed atmosphere. Cost is $55 for BRAHM members and $60 for nonmembers. Register online at BlowingRockMuseum.org.
Katy Rothkopf of The Baltimore Museum of Art will offer a lecture titled “Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore” on Sunday, Oct. 6. The lecture is scheduled from 4-5 p.m., and tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
The Maker’s Table series continues on Oct. 8 with a talk from Jay Pfiel on how
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday.
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery
7539 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock
On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks
Located off of Highway 321 in Blowing Rock, Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery has been providing the highest quality fine art and framing to High Country and surrounding areas for 25 years! Tim Miller founded the shop in 1994 and pursued furthering his education in the art of framing by gaining the accolades of Certified Picture Framer and Guild Commended Framer.
In the last four years, the frame shop has acquired a secondary Certified Picture Framer, Alex Cirulis. Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery can provide educated help with making decisions about preserving your valuable art, photographs, prints, and objects. The shop has framed over 32,000 pieces of artwork and represents a variety of artists including local contemporary artists and historical artists.
The gallery is the nation’s leading seller of paintings and drawings by Elliott Daingerfield, North Carolina’s most recognized and prolific historical artist and early settler of the Blowing Rock area. There have been a record 164 Daingerfield paintings and drawings sold at the gallery!
With an emphasis on landscapes, the gallery represents numerous and well-known local and contemporary artists like local favorites Lita Gatlin and Wes Waugh. Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery tries to provide an array of styles ranging from hyperrealism like the wildlife paintings of Karla Mann and the stoic Wyeth-like paintings of Jason Drake, to palette knife impressionists like Robin Wellner. The gallery represents some well known artists from up and down the east coast as well, like Mark K. Horton and Bill Jameson.
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be found on Facebook and Instagram under the handle @brframeworks. Currently, Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is doing giveaway for a trip to New York City so head over to their Facebook page to enter to win! Also stay tuned on all of their social media pages for “September Spotlights” — an in-depth look into each of the gallery’s artists. Posted daily in September, these spotlights give insight into what inspires and drives these artists to make such beautiful work. For any questions please contact the gallery at (828) 295-0041.
Blue Ridge Artisan Center
201 W. Main Street, Wilkesboro
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.-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, Boone
The Blue Ridge ArtSpace, located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone, has filled its four galleries with another collection of locally created artwork.
During the month of September, the Main Gallery will feature an eclectic collection of works of art from the group called Studio 12. Members meet monthly at the Caldwell Arts Council to critique each other’s work and to encourage an exchange of ideas for becoming better and more prolific painters. Periodic field trips to museums and other points of artistic interest contribute to the artists’ awareness of new ideas, materials and techniques.
Studio 12 averages two group exhibits per year in a variety of venues, such as the Art Depot in Abingdon, Va., the Highland Coffee House in Lenoir and As Time Goes By, an art and music store in Valdese. Individual members also exhibit their work in many other galleries, including Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock, Turpin Gallery at Appalachian State College in Boone and at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone. Most Studio 12 members are also active in High Country Watermedia Society in Boone and Brush and Palette in Lenoir. Exhibiting in this show will be Anne Welch, Judy Prevost, Toni Indicott, Carole Childers, Marti Kardol, Joanne Moore, Angela White, Shirley Story and Jan Pennell.
The Open Door Gallery is featuring a fun joint exhibition presented by The Warped Weavers and The Crackpots of the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove. On larger floor looms they create rag rugs and larger wearables. On the smaller looms many scarves, shawls, placements and table runners are produced using a variety of colors and patterns. Specialized looms such as the Inkle Loom are used for weaving guitar and banjo straps while beginners can quickly create a “mug rug” on a table loom.
The co-exhibiting group, The Crackpots, have been working together for at least thirty years. All participants are senior adults who enjoy working together in a creative environment. All clay pieces are handmade using the slab, coil and pinching techniques. Many are textured using lace, carving and leaves and flowers from nature.
The Serendipity Gallery artists are urging the seasons along as they present an exhibition of works entitled “Autumn Beauty”. Artists who exhibit in this gallery participants in art classes at the Lois E. Harrell Senior Center in Boone and the Western Watauga Community Center in Cove Creek. Art classes are taught by Marsha Holmes and are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Young Artists Gallery will feature the work work of the Kids of ArtMart. John Bond, a former board and advisory council member of the Watauga County Arts Council, teaches children, teen and adult art classes. The work that will be exhibited will be works created by students from ages 6-16 from the Art 1, Art 2 and Teen seminar programs.
The gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30-5:30 p.m., and from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.
Bolick and Traditions Pottery
1155 Main Street, Blowing Rock
Bolick and Traditions Pottery welcomes Pete and Kim McWhirter to their shop in Blowing Rock. Pete and Kim are second-generation potters and have a shop near the South Toe River valley near Mt. Mitchell. Long-time friends and musicians, their glazes and shapes blend nicely with the Bolick blue and the very popular bluegrass color from Traditions. Stop in and help us welcome the McWhirters to Blowing Rock.
The shop also carries locally made soaps and candles by Mary Ferrell, jewelry by Melissa Cox of the Vintage Locket and The Artist Jay of Greensboro.
The store hosts two wood kiln openings and various other events throughout the year. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
10360 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk
Carlton Gallery continues its 37th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition where paintings, glass, sculpture, wood, clay, fiber and jewelry by local, regional, and national artisans are showcased.
This exhibition features “Edge of Brilliance by Evolution” by Andrew Braitman, a full-time painter for over 40 years with international stature. His abstracted landscapes are rendered in brilliant colors of thick paint, textures and conceptual shapes with subtle details, along with a composed balance of elements to bring life and signature to his work. This exhibition run through Sept. 25.
The Autumn Group Exhibition begins on Oct. 12 with “Retrospective — Linking Past to Present through Contemporary Art” by Toni Carlton. She is inspired by different cultures, expressing movement and sacred connections in her spiritual journey as an artist. Carlton’s work has evolved and changed over the years.
Her current paintings incorporate a love of dance, stenciling, expressive calligraphic text in English to create elegant flowing abstract compositions which are seen though her hand-woven fibers, as well as multicultural images to express the “Oneness” of all.
Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone, 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk and 8 miles from Blowing Rock on Hwy 105 south in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information about our gallery workshops, artists or exhibitions call (828) 963-4288.
Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery
205 Johnson Lane, Crossnore
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.
1153 Main St., Blowing Rock
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 Selby Rue 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 Crocker-Rue 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, Boone
Lazy last Days of Summer at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery are a destination experience, not only do we have a gallery full of locally made work, we also house a working studio on the premises.
Visitors to downtown Boone can enjoy watching work being made in the studio Monday through Friday. This includes seeing pots thrown, designed, carved, glazed and formed by hand. Be sure you schedule your own trip down King Street and the historic downtown district and stop in to see us at Doe Ridge Pottery Studio! You are assured to be wowed with our beautiful collection as well as being welcomed by Bob and his staff.
Other than our master potter Bob Meier, our other potters featured in our gallery are Becki Henderson-Gow, Carol King, Cindy Pacileo, Claire Lenahan, Connie Cox, Gene Arnold and Latonna Bowman, Jimmy Savely, Millie Goodnight, Nathan Fields, Nancy Graham, Maggie Black, Patti Carmen-Whitehead and Stephanie Welden. Each of our artists brings their own unique personality and creative gifting to the art of ceramics, providing an array of both functional and decorative pieces. We also feature beautiful silver jewelry by Kathy Smith and Pam Hoffman.
Doe Ridge Pottery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery
10 S. Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson
For September, join the Florence Thomas Art School for Mountain Splash which will include 15 artists both local and visiting artists. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work and showcase works for sale.
The Florence Thomas Art School gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
543 W King Street, Boone
All members live within 50 miles of the gallery, and the gallery has consignment from other parts of the state.
Dale Forrest will be the featured artist at the Hands Gallery for the month of October. He will be at Hands for the monthly First Friday Celebration on Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. to answer any questions about his photography. He has lived in Boone for 30 years and has been passionate about photography for over 50 years. Several of his images have won awards and have been featured in local and national magazines. He is currently working on a book called, “Every picture has a story” and some of those images will be at the Hands Gallery this month.
“I never take for granted how lucky I am to live here in the mountains. Every day of every season is filled with opportunities if you just take a closer look,” Forrest said.
The 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 hand-crafted items. Hands Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jones House Cultural and Center
604 W. King Street, Boone
Each month a new artist or organization will present their work in the Mazie Jones Gallery and be featured in the monthly First Friday Art Crawl reception. For the 2019 gallery schedule and more information on the Mazie Jones Gallery, visit the Jones House online.
The Jones House galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Jones House website for the 2019 gallery schedule.
Martin House Gallery
1098 Main Street, Blowing Rock
The Historic Martin House located in the heart of Blowing Rock has been showcasing some of the areas most established artist for over thirty years. The Martin House Gallery is a new innovative gallery with a wide variety of original work and styles that range from classical realism to abstract, impressionism and modern.
The gallery is currently carrying a new line of hand sculpted metal flowers designed by N.Y. designer Tommy Mitchell. Tommy has created eight flowers that are unique only to western N.C. Available only at the Martin House Gallery, and yes, they are beautiful!
Please come see for yourself and enjoy refreshments while viewing some of the areas most amazing art and original paintings by some of the regions most established artist. We are currently showcasing work by Dee Beard Dean, Ben Long, Chris Bell, Raymond Byram, local favorite Kim Abernethy, Deborah Squire, Bryan Koontz and more.
Coming this fall exclusive line of Modern Contemporary Paintings by Austin Allen James.
The gallery offers free delivery and installation as well as after hour showings. Visit the Martin House Gallery website to see artist and available work. Find the gallery on Facebook and Instagram at martinhousegallery. The gallery also offers showings after hours by request (336) 508-2828.
Mountain Blue Gallery
151 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk
Mountain Blue Gallery is located in the heart of Banner Elk, featuring fine art from renowned local and regional artists and master craftsmen. The gallery represents more than 30 artists offering a diverse selection styles and mediums including original encaustics, oils, acrylics, ceramics, jewelry, glass, textiles and more.
In October we welcome the fall season with two Artist receptions. First we will be hosting renowned potter and Boone resident Bob Meier on Oct. 5th, from 3-6 p.m. for an artist showing and reception. Come by and pick up your favorite platter or carved vase, along with many other options from Bob’s newest collection.
Our second October event, will celebrate the upcoming release of Banner Elk Author Evelyn M. Turner’s newest novel, a sequel to her first best seller, “The Star and The Cross.” The new novel takes us post WWII and through the Cold War. The book, titled “Crawling out of the Darkness,” will be released in October. Join us for a meet the author and book signing event on Oct. 12, from noon to 3 p.m.
R.T. Morgan Art Gallery and Glass by Camille
120 N. Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson
R.T. and Camille Morgan invite you to experience their work in more than eight media in their combined 60 years in creating art. Sculpture in stone, steel, wood and copper, and abstract and realistic paintings in oil and acrylic are on display. Come by and see the new work.
683 W. King Street, Boone
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.
Sally Nooney Gallery
7143 N.C.-194, Banner Elk
Sally Nooney Gallery offers unique glass sculptures to brighten your garden or entrance, and beautiful new paintings ready to grace your home. Love bears and other animals? Join the gallery for Tour de Art the fourth Saturday of each month. Find Sally Nooney Gallery on Highway 194 midway between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Studio 140 at Sorrento’s
140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk
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 www.kentpaulette.com.
Studio 140 is also participating in the 11th annual Tour de Art which takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month this summer.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 W. King Street, Boone
The Turchin Center, located on King Street in Boone, has seven galleries with changing contemporary art exhibition and is the largest facility of its kind in the region.
Opening in the Mayer Gallery is “Metaphorical Reality.” Keith Bryant creates sculpture using steel, wood, ceramics and found objects. A portion of his sculpture is located outdoors adjacent to the grand staircase of the Turchin Center. This exhibit runs through February 2020, along with two continuing exhibits, “Beyond the Plantations” and “1, 2, 3, 4, 5,...”.
In the Main Gallery is “Let the Circle Be Unbroken.” Artists Gretchen and Steve Lotz continue to inspire, challenge, and find mystery in each other after nearly five decades of an aesthetically inspired partnership.
“Beyond the Plantations: Images of the New South”, Photographs by Michelle Van Parys presents the contemporary southern landscape in all of its rich complexity.
“1, 2, 3, 4, 5…A site-specific installation” by Australian artist, Jodi Woodward asks viewers to reflect on how they (we) choose to spend the time we are given in our lives.
Bill Brown has created a stunning exhibition entitled “Refugee,” a collection of sculptures created in response to the growing international crisis affecting millions around the globe.
“My Place or Yours?” with guest curator Cara Hagan explores the politics and practice of collaborative work through the philosophy and practice of “artistic surrogacy.”
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday, and Friday, noon to 8 p.m.
For more information about exhibitions and programs, visit tcva.org or call (828) 262-3017.