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.

Copies of gallery owner Maria Hyde’s book, “He Gave Me Barn Cats,” will be available at the gallery throughout the holiday season, as it is the perfect gift for animal-lovers.

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

(828) 765-6226

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 Visit online at

The Art Cellar

920 Shawneehaw Lane, Banner Elk

(828) 898-5175

Join the Art Cellar of Saturday, Dec. 14 of it’s annual Holiday Open House from 3-5 p.m. at the gallery in Banner Elk. Seasonal treats and good cheer will be aplenty!

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

Edgewood Cottage is currently closed for the season and will reopen in May 2020.

Ashe Arts Center Gallery

303 School Ave., West Jefferson

(336) 846-2787

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.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock

(828) 295-9099

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is a hub of artistry and entertainment in the heart of the High Country.

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

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery

7539 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock

(828) 295-0041

On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is celebrating their 25th holiday season with an exciting giveaway! Come in anytime between now and Dec. 21 to enter a drawing for a free frame! Stop in any time the gallery is open and mention the free frame giveaway to draw for your random frame. This offer is only available while supplies last.

This holiday season is a perfect time to give your special someone a gift of a lifetime like an original painting or framed memento. Celebrate the holidays with a beautiful painting by Lita Gatlin, Jason Drake, Wes Waugh, Robin Wellner, Amy Sullivan, Annie Campbell or any of the gallery’s other local artists! Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery carries a variety of artistic styles ranging from hyper-real wildlife paintings to impressionist landscapes to abstracted figural work.

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

(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.-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

(828) 264-1789

From now until Dec. 21, all four galleries of the Blue Ridge ArtSpace will be filled with a combined exhibit titled Holiday Originals.

Holiday Originals, which began in 2014 in a single gallery of the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, has grown each year and now fills all four galleries with an array of locally created, beautifully crafted items suitable for gifts or holiday décor. Among the many items for sale this season will be handmade jewelry; holiday gift cards created by local artists; an assortment of beautiful holiday tree ornaments and other holiday-themed decor; books written and signed by local authors; knitted, crocheted and other fiber items.

Not only does the sale give holiday shoppers a chance to purchase a unique, one-of-a-kind gift, but it also provides local artists an opportunity to make some holiday sales.

Each Saturday throughout the holiday season, from noon until 3 p.m., the Blue Ridge ArtSpace will also be hosting Homemade Open House.

Demonstrating artists for the Dec. 14 Handmade Open House will be Avia Kahn (painting and mixed media artist) and Ginger Bryant (painting and drawing artist).

For more information, sign up on the Blue Ridge ArtSpace/Watauga County Arts Council’s website to receive monthly updates, check their website at, watch their Facebook and Instagram pages, or come by the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. You 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

(828) 295-6128

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.

Carlton Gallery

10360 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk

(828) 963-4288

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 composed of shells, seed pods, nuts and lace with each being fully furnished inside with a garden in full bloom. Handcrafted cabinets and benches are available 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

(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, Boone

(828) 264-1127

If you have never been to Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery, you are missing something special. This is the only gallery in the High Country that sells exclusively handmade pottery from a collection of artists from our region. Regular potters represent some of the best from Watauga, Avery and Ashe Counties. You will find a wonderful selection of cookware, dinnerware, display pieces and lamps.

In addition, Doe Ridge Pottery has a working studio on site and most days you will find folks in the back preparing work to put into our kilns.

Owner Bob Meier has been providing pottery to the area for over 45 years, as well as building a community around his love of ceramics.

Make us one of your regular stops for purchasing gifts this season as well as adorning your own home with beautiful handmade local work.

The Mug Show will continue through the month of December. As an extra perk during these cold days, we will be serving hot cider on the weekends.

Remember parking in downtown Boone is free every day after 5 p.m. and all day Sunday.

Opened every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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

All members live within 50 miles of the gallery, and the gallery has consignment from other parts of the state.

Hands Gallery will be open late on Dec. 6 for Boone’s First Friday Celebration. All of the members will produce a gorgeous window, and we will all gather at the gallery on that evening for our annual party. Stop by and meet the members and check out beautiful items for gift giving.

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 Center

604 W. King Street, Boone

(828) 268-6280

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.

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. It’s home to local member artists as well as 20 consignment artists from around the region.

This week’s featured artist is leather artisan and Blowing Rock local, Evenlight Eagles, with her eco-conscious accessories for men and women. She’s had work in the gallery for years, but joined as a full member last year and continues to expand her offerings. Evenlight’s newest work includes her handsome Elkskin Treasure Pouches with ancient mineralized walrus ivories. Come see the impeccable craftsmanship of her handbags and hand-bound leather journals.

In addition to Evenlight’s work, we have a traditional basket maker, oil and acrylic painters, jewelers, traditional and contemporary potters, fiber artists and more. Each artist is constantly creating and adding new work so there is always something new to see!

The gallery was established in 1982, and it is located in the historic Blowing Rock Post Office right on Main Street next to Mellow Mushroom. In the winter, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., until Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, when it closes for the season.

For more information on the gallery and its individual artists, visit

Martin House Gallery

1098 Main Street, Blowing Rock

(336) 508-2828

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.

New arrivals are available for viewing by artist Deborah Squire and Chris Bell. Other artists on display include 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 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

(828) 898-4477

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 Avenue, 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.

We are celebrating 34 years as professional artists. Commissions 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, Boone

(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.

Sally Nooney Gallery

7143 N.C.-194, Banner Elk

(828) 963-7347

Sally Nooney Gallery offers unique glass sculptures to brighten your garden or entrance, and beautiful new paintings ready to grace your home.

Add sparkle and shine to your home with giant, iridescent, glass snowflakes and stars, available now at Sally Nooney Gallery. Give yourself, family, or friends handmade, one of a kind, artistic glass creations, unique jewelry, and original paintings in all mediums and sizes.

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

(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

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, 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 or call (828) 262-3017.

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