Alta Vista Gallery

2839 Broadstone Road,

Valle Crucis

(828) 963-5247

Alta Vista Gallery receives new art every month and last week received new paintings by Jeremy Sams, who recently won “Best of Show” in the Blowing Rock Plein Air Competition. Sams also recently won the prestigious honor of being invited into the Blue Ridge Realists, a group of 13 acclaimed painters, such as William Mangum and Bob Timberlake. Sams’ paintings in Alta Vista are realistic Impressionism, painted on location all around the High Country and other areas.

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 receiving new landscape paintings by award-winning artists Amos Westmoreland and Sheila Hancock. 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

(828) 765-6226

Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Linville Falls is featuring the stone sculptures of Artist Carl Peverall this summer. Peverall’s carved and assembled stone sculptures are placed throughout the yard and garden. Everyone is invited to join us for a special Garden Talk with the artist on Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments are served to enjoy while learning more about this lifelong, multi-discipline artist and the inspiration and creation of his stone sculptures.

The outdoor sculpture garden also features steel sculptures by artist Bill Brown, figurative works in clay by Tinka Jordy and Beau Lyday’s gothic inspired works in reclaimed metal and wood, along with the cast iron and steel sculptures by Tripp Jarvis. The sculpture gallery includes work in a variety of mediums including the addition of works in clay by Carmen Elliott and woven copper by Virginia Fisher. This unique arts destination is open six days a week during the summer and provides a relaxed opportunity to explore, experience and collect sculpture. Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds, sit under the trees and discover works inside the gallery. Anvil Arts represents accomplished sculptors working in diverse materials and styles and is also the working studio of well known sculptor Bill Brown.

Other upcoming events include the Garden Party on July 20 and 21. On Aug. 17, artist Bill Brown will have a studio talk. Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds, sit under the trees and discover works inside the gallery. Owner and curator Liz Brown is happy to share information about the sculptures and the artists and is available to assist with private, public and corporate collections along with site selection. All works inside and outside are available for purchase.

Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. Located at 9600 Linville Falls Highway in Linville Falls. Contact Anvil Arts at (828) 765-6226 or Visit online at

The Art Cellar

920 Shawneehaw Lane,

Banner Elk

(828) 898-5175

Watercolor artist, Robert Eoff brings to life the scenes of everyday life in the mountains and streams of North Carolina. Eoff finds mountain streams with fly fisherman, rusty-roofed barns, white clap board churches and everyday people to be some of his favorite subjects to paint.

Clay artist, Judy Brater was raised by women who worked in the arts. These roots can be seen in Brater’s work. Her ceramic pieces are hand built, piece by piece, marrying textures and color. Bright colors in contrast with the organic shapes of the forms create a treat for the eyes.

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.

Ashe Arts Center Gallery

303 School Ave.,

West Jefferson

(336) 846-2787

Hours are Monday-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, North Carolina. In June, we feature the work of textile artist Peg Schroeder and potter David Schroeder.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Chestnut St.,

Blowing Rock

(828) 295-9099

BRAHM now offers free admission.

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

(828) 295-0041

On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is presenting a group show featuring all of the gallery’s artists starting July 8 and running through July 19. A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show will feature a variety of styles, sizes and subject matter all centered on “Blowing Rock’s Scenic Views” like the Blowing Rock, Chetola, sights from Green Hill Road, Flannery Fork, the Blue Ridge Parkway and many other well known natural areas.

Some of the artists featured in the show are Robin Wellner, Lita Gatlin, Dave Syfert, Kyle Buckland, Amy Sullivan, Richard Fennell and more. Please call the gallery with any questions or concerns. Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Visit the gallery’s website for details regarding the upcoming shows in June, July and August of this year. If you are interested in receiving real time updates from Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, visit and sign up for the email subscription on the homepage.

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the gallery or email with any questions or concerns.

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.

The Open Door Gallery is featuring a unique exhibition which was the product created through a Grassroots Grants awarded to AppHealthCare from the Watauga County Arts Council. Entitled “High Country Capable, A Photovoice Project” the project features the stories of individuals in our community with diverse abilities and their employment in the High Country.

Photovoice, a self-advocacy tool, blends a grassroots approach to photography and social action. The goal of this project was to highlight the capabilities of youth with special health care needs through professional photographs taken by photographer Dawn Shumate and to tell their own stories, enabling them to act as potential catalysts for social change. The project organizer was McKenzie Mayes.

The Serendipity Gallery artists are featuring an exhibition of works entitled “Altered Reality.” Artists who exhibit in this gallery participants in art classes at the Lois E. Harrill 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.

Besides the four new exhibitions, each of the four classrooms of the building will also feature interesting demonstrating artists and participatory activities.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery

1155 Main St., Blowing Rock

(828) 295-6128

The gallery unites three potters from the Owens family: Original Owens Pottery, Glenn and Lula Owens Bolick and Michael and Janet Calhoun. The gallery displays functional pottery including mugs, bowls and serving pieces. 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, Carolin Wike of Lenoir 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 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Carlton Gallery

10360 Hwy 105 S.,

Banner Elk

(828) 963-4288

Saturday, June 22, opens the season of the Tour de Art, a coalition of galleries and artists’ private studios. These tours are held on the fourth Saturday, June through November. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and maps are available at the gallery.

Local artist, Arlene Mandell, plans to discuss her oil and pastel figurative work. She exhibits 30 new paintings in her gallery inventory and plans to bring some oil on canvas portrait paintings for sale during this Tour de Art.

New gallery artist, Karin Neuvirth, plans a painting demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. Her textural acrylic paintings of wooded landscapes are rendered with many layers of paint applied with a palette knife, utilizing the technique of using broken color to create a sense of movement within her work. Born in Minnesota, where winters are cold and grey from dawn to dusk, Neuvirth enjoys living and painting in North Carolina with its short mild winters, long summers and plentiful subject matter.

The 37th Spring Group Exhibition is ongoing and features “New Beginnings with Jewels of Art” with new works in paintings, glass, sculpture, wood, wearable fiber and clay by the many talented artisans the gallery is pleased to represent. This exhibit can be viewed through July 15.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone, 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk and 8 miles from Blowing Rock on N.C. 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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 St,. 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 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 St. #D,


(828) 264-1127

Summers at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery are a destination experience with master craftsman Bob Meier and his staff working in the studio Monday through Friday. This includes seeing pots thrown on a potter’s wheel, designed, carved, glazed and formed by hand.

Bob Meier as well as 16 other craftsmen have work in the gallery. This is changing regularly. Each item is individually and uniquely made. Ceramic artists include Becki Henderson-Gow, Carol King, Cindy Pacileo, Claire Lenahan, Connie Cox, Jimmy Savely, Kate Colclaser, Nathan Fields, Nancy Graham, Maggie Black, Patti Carmen-Whitehead, Stephanie Welden and Gene and Latonna with Mud Duck Pottery.

Also featured are two new jewelry makers — Kathy Smith and Pam Hoffman. Each of the artists bring their own unique personality and creative gifting to their craft, providing an array of both functional and decorative pieces.

During the first week of July, Bob Meier and the other participating Potters from Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery will be featured at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. For those who have never been to Edgewood Cottage, it is just in front of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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 Ave.,

West Jefferson

(336) 846-3827

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

June Workshops for (Ages 12-16)

Atmospheric Perspective in Acrylic Painting: $25 — June 20 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains this workshop will cover elements of drawing, design and composition with emphasis on creating tints, shades and tones of color to achieve atmospheric perspective.

Botanical Meander Book: $18 — June 27 (5:30 — 8 p.m.) Create a meander book decorated with dried botanicals. The meander book is a single sheet, accordion style, folded mini-book. This style of book is perfectly suited for stories and timelines. Pre-registration is required by calling (336) -846-3827.

Felting Fun Workshops at Florence Art School

Felting a Fairy Cottage: $18 — Ages 12-16, July 8 (5:30-8:30 p.m.). Join in this workshop and learn how to create a small structure in the style of a whimsical fairy house, using a wet felting technique.

Felting a Snoz- $15 Grades 4-6 July 22 (1-3:30pm). Create your own zany critter using wool and soapy water. A Snoz is an animal like, felted creature designed by fiber artist Jane Campbell.

Pre-registration is required by calling 336-846-3827.

The Horse Challenge: $15 — June 13, 1st -3rd grade (10 a.m.-noon) 4th -6th grade (1-3 p.m.) Observational drawing is excellent practice for students to train their eyes to use proportions and details. Participants will complete a horse in a landscape drawing or painting from observation. Photos of horses and landscapes will be provided but students are encouraged to bring in their personal horse models or photos if they wish. Pre-registration is required by calling (336) 846-3827.

Florence Art School Flo Kids Workshops(1st- 3rd grades)

Box Sculptures Unleashed: $15 — June 27 (10 a.m.-noon) We will have a blast designing, assembling and decorating your favorite fantastical animals. We will use boxes of all shapes and sizes to create these up cycled animal forms.

Eric Carle Inspired Collage: $15 — July 24 (10 a.m.-noon): Mr. Carle is most noted for his children’s picture books centered on nature themes, using cut and torn paper to create bright and colorful images. Use your imagination to create some Eric Carle style works of art.Pre-registration is required by calling (336) 846-3827

For more information about these events, visit

Hands Gallery

543 W King St., Boone

(828) 262-1970

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

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 Community Center

604 W. King St., 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.

Martin House Gallery

1098 Main St.,

Blowing Rock

(336) 508-2828

The Martin House Gallery will be hosting one of Charleston’s most prominent artists on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Renowned artist Dee Beard Dean will be at the Martin House Gallery to autograph books and answer questions about her exhibit. Dean has traveled all over the U.S. and most of Europe being inspired and capturing beautiful landscapes.

Upcoming shows for summer include Bell’s realistic-style landscapes of the High Country on July 21. Austin Allen James will be doing a modern series of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Aug. 18.

A few spots are still available for viewing prior to shows on July 19 and Aug. 16. Call ahead for more information.

Additionally, New York designer Tommy Mitchel will showcase an exclusive line of metal flowers coming soon to the gallery.

The gallery also offers free installation and private in-home showings.Visit the Martin House Gallery website to see more pieces located in the gallery. Find the gallery on Facebook and Instagram @martinhousegallery.

The gallery is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday, or call ahead for after hour showings at any time.

Mountain Blue Gallery

151 Shawneehaw Ave.,

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.

The gallery’s summer workshop schedule and registration as well as upcoming events are now available on the gallery’s website. Mountain Blue Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nthº Gallery

683 W. King St., 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.

R.T. Morgan Art Gallery and Glass by Camille

120 N. Jefferson Ave., West Jefferson

(336) 246-3328

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.

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. 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

(828) 898-5214

Studio 140 at Sorrento’s is currently featuring large-scale paintings of local wildlife, mountain landscapes, and portraits of famous musicians by artist Kent Paulette.

Paulette will be painting live at Studio 140 outside by the fire pits on Saturday evenings this summer. He’ll also be discussing his work and leading tours through the main gallery and throughout Studio 140’s exhibit spaces.

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

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 to 10 p.m.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W. King St., 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. Currently, the galleries are featuring compelling exhibits from locations and artists around the globe. Regionally beloved artist and philanthropist, 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. Each freestanding metal piece in the series begins with a figurative form perched on a platform that metaphorically references the refugee journey: a rocking boat, an isolated rooftop, a beloved homeland. My Place or Yours? with guest curator Cara Hagan explores the politics and practice of collaborative work. The artists in the exhibition make work together, albeit, from a distance through the philosophy and practice of “artistic surrogacy. “PLEIN AIR: The Southern Appalachian Forest by artists, Reiko Goto and Tim Collins reflects the artists interest in carbon exchange and the impact on one leaf on one tree. Upcoming exhibitions include Let the Circle Be Unbroken: Steve & Gretchen Lotz; Beyond the Plantations: Images of the New South, Photographs by Michelle Van Parys; and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. … A site-specific installation by Jodi Woodward.

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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