Alta Vista Gallery
2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis
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.
Gallery owner Maria Hyde’s book, “He Gave Me Barn Cats,” is also available at the gallery, or from www.MariaSantomassoHyde.com. 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.
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 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.
Gallery hours vary during the winter months. Please call (828) 963-5247 to hear the gallery’s winter hours. View images of paintings on the gallery’s Facebook page @AltaVistaGallery.
Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery
9600 Linville Falls Highway, Linville Falls
Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery invites visitors to explore, experience and collect sculpture displayed in the garden, gallery and studio. This Linville Falls sculpture destination is the working studio of metal sculptor Bill Brown and showcases sculpture for interiors and exteriors, in metal, clay, stone and glass by numerous other accomplished artists.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Ashe Arts Center Gallery
303 School Ave., West Jefferson
The exhibition, “Lyrical Light and Color,” by artist Susan Jespersen will be on display through March 13. Jespersen’s work highlights the various ways that that light interacts with every day items and scenery.
Gallery 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. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays from months April through December.
Winter gallery hours are limited to select weekends and by appointment from January through March. Please check the website for calendar updates at www.BEartistsgallery.com. Reach the gallery by email at art@BEartistsgallery.com.
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. 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.
Current exhibitions include “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective” (through Feb. 22), “Sound Machines: Stringed Instruments by the Capozzoli Guitar Company” (through April 11, “Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest” (through March 21), “Shared Spaces: Wildlife Wood Sculptures by Pete Lupo” (through March 21) and “Mentors & Heroes: Photographs by David Holt” (through March 28).
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. through the months of May to October. The museum is closed on Monday. See a full list of gallery events online at blowingrockmuseum.org/calendar.html/calendar/2019/11.
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery
7539 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock
On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is proud to be the nation’s leading seller of the well known and prolific North Carolina painter, Elliott Daingerfield. Since opening in 1994, the gallery has sold 168 total pieces by Daingerfield including the most recently acquired painting, “Trees on the Canyon Rim,” which was featured in the 1914 Canadian National Exhibition.
Elliott Daingerfield, born 1859, studied with the Hudson River Painters who specialized in picturesque landscapes, large religious paintings, still-life paintings, portraits and depictions of farm life. During his life, Daingerfield had become financially successful as an artist and could afford to travel back and forth between Blowing Rock and the Grand Canyon, where he painted many stunning landscapes of the diverse and contrasting regions.
In 1920, he sold a painting for $15,000, which translated to value in 2020, would be equivalent to almost $200,000. It is likely that this was the highest price paid for a painting, in America, to a living artist at the time. He used a glazing technique in many of his paintings that created layers of translucent and jewel like colors, giving his paintings an ethereal and almost spiritual sense to them.
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. For any questions or more information about the gallery, call (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. 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, Boone
In celebration of the young artists in the community, the Watauga County Arts Council is once again turning all of its gallery spaces over to Watauga High School’s four visual arts teachers to celebrate the work of their students.
Watauga High School is fortunate to have a strong arts program featuring musical arts, theatre arts and visual arts. The visual arts program features some of the best visual arts teachers in the region: Dacia Trethewey, Alyssia Ruggiero, Brett McDonough and Genal West. All four teachers have collected pieces from their students, creating an impressive exhibition to be displayed throughout February.
For more information, sign up on the Blue Ridge ArtSpace/Watauga County Arts Council’s website to receive monthly updates, check their website at www.watauga-arts.org, 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.
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
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 and Traditions Pottery, Michael and Janet Calhoun of Blowing Rock.
The gallery makes and sells functional pottery including mugs, bowls and serving pieces, alongside folk art face jugs such as wizards, Santas, Monday/Friday jugs and clay spirits.
Glazes featured are deep cobalt blues, greens and the well-known Signature Owens Red.
Other potters include Sue Salvaterra of Weaverville, McWhirter Pottery of Burnsville, and Belinda Wight of Cary.
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 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
10360 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk
Carlton Gallery continues its 37th Winter Group Exhibition with Small Works in paintings, glass, sculpture, wood, clay and jewelry by the gallery’s talented artisans. Gallery owner/artist, Toni Carlton, invites everyone to visit during this holiday season of love and light.
Paintings reflecting the beauty and serenity of the landscape by Freeman Beard, Egidio Antonaccio, Linda Apriletti, Kevin Beck, Connie Winters, Holly Glasscock, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Carol Bodiford, Allison Chambers, Andrew Braitman, Eddie Kent Tallent and Ralph James, along with alcohol ink paintings by Leigh Williams are some of the many artworks on exhibit.
Toni Carlton’s mixed media paintings created with hand-woven fibers, are accompanied by writing to create flowing abstract compositions. Figurative drawings and a seven-piece series called “Finding Your Way Back Home Through Love,” which are mixed media paintings, are some of Carlton’s small works.
Three-dimensional art includes Cindy Pacileo’s hand-built stoneware cottages and handcrafted cabinets and benches from Keith Allen, who highlights the natural defects of the wood. Linda Spillane’s gourd art is also showcased.
Lynn Shallis creates works in basketry and felted wool. Her multicolored hand dyed basketry combines traditional forms with contemporary designs embodying craftsmanship and flair of creativity. Recycled glass by Fred Mead includes sculptures, trays, candelabra, coasters, bowls and teal holiday trees.
The ongoing exhibit “Retrospective — Linking Past to Present through Contemporary Art” by Toni Carlton can be viewed through the winter.
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 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 Street, 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 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, Boone
The 12th annual Teapot Challenge took place on Feb. 12 at Doe Ridge Pottery Studio, featuring 13 participating potters. These folks will gather once again with their finished Tea Pots to celebrate their creative, crazy efforts of making unrelated parts into a final TEA POT, which is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 4.
After this, the tea pots will be on display in the Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery until they are auctioned off at a silent auction at Watauga High School during the Empty Bowls Event. The Empty Bowls event is from 4:30-6 p.m. on March 28 and serves to raise money for Boone’s Health and Hunger Coalition.
Of course, besides making tea pots, Bob Meier and the other potters featured in the gallery are busy adding new work to their shelves weekly, providing a variety of beautifully handcrafted items, both functional and aesthetic. All work at the gallery is from local artists.
Doe Ridge Pottery is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on King Street in Boone.
Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery
10 S. Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson
The Florence Thomas Art School Gallery will feature more than 60 pieces of animal-themed art in the gallery during the “Have a Heart” exhibition, which is on display through Feb. 29. This exhibit showcases the work of 19 High Country artists and is in support of the Ashe County Humane Society.
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.
543 W King Street, Boone
February is otherwise known as “Valentine’s Month.” Yes, it’s true: All month long you can tell that special someone, “I love you!” and what better way than to visit Hands Gallery for beautiful locally made arts and crafts. Every day use pottery makes the perfect gift. It is an object of art and craft just as unique as your loved one.
Hands Gallery is here to help visitors find that perfect item of love from local art and crafts.
Stop by the gallery at 543 W. King Street in Boone and take home a piece or two.
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 handcrafted items. Hands Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jones House Cultural 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 2020 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.
Main Street Gallery
2027 Main Street, Blowing Rock
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.
The gallery is currently closed for hibernation but plans to reopen for the season on Thursday, March 19.
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 we are 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 Mainstreetgalleryinbr.com.
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 regions most established and talented artist for over 30 years.
The gallery is currently displaying works by Deborah Squire, Chris Bell and other artists including Dee Beard Dean, Raymond Byram and Kim Abernethy. The gallery is also currently carrying a new line of hand sculpted metal flowers by N.Y. Designer Tommy Mitchell.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, with after-hour showings by request. The gallery also offers free delivery and installation.
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.
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.
Camille has been a self-taught stained glass artist since 1986, discovering a world of talent within herself. She made simple sun catchers in her early years and now creates original door panels, window panels and even three dimensional stained glass wall hangings. She is constantly challenging herself with many new and complex artworks. Her desire is to create more original work has led to the idea that leaded/copper foil glass shouldn’t be just something to hang in a window. Her diversified wall hangings have become a delight for the serious art collector.
Since a love of nature, flowers and gardening has inspired her work, she has her simple small garden creations to put into a potted plant, hang from the ceiling or just enjoy on the kitchen counter. She also creates very large creations of dragonflies, butterflies, fireflies, frogs, bird houses, mobiles, lizards and many more creative creatures with their own personality to put on a porch, home or garden.
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 www.facebook.com/rtmorganartgallery.
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
At her gallery, Sally Nooney creates one of a kind fused glass art, including landscape scenes, animals, contemporary sculpture, and fun and functional items. Sally also paints in all mediums offering a variety of subjects and colors. She is happy to discuss a special commission painting for guests’ homes.
Visit your friendly, neighborhood art shop at Sally Nooney Gallery, located on Highway 194, midway between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through 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. 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
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.
There are several new and compelling exhibitions. In the Main Gallery, Lian Lian — An Installation by Hui Chi Lee reflects on the complex and multi-faceted aspect of human relationships. In Galleries A and B, The Faculty Biennial provides a comprehensive glimpse into the works of 21 Appalachian State University Art Department Faculty members. Beginning in March, Lesia Maruschak, a photography-based artist with a unique lens on the creation of mobile memorial spaces will present MARIA in the Mayer Gallery.
In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Appalachian State, the Community Gallery will feature the work of students, current and past faculty, and alumni of the program.
The much anticipated 17th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, including the People’s Choice Award, will feature photography of the Southern Appalachian region in categories including adventure, Blue Ridge Parkway, culture, ecological footprint, flora and fauna, and landscape.
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 tcva.org or call (828) 262-3017.