Alta Vista Gallery
2839 Broadstone Road,
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,
Join Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery for its popular Garden Party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 20 and 21. Refreshments are included, and this event is free to the public.
This 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 sculptor Bill Brown.
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.
Anvil Arts is located on Hwy. 221 in Linville Falls, (most GPS will recognize — 9600 Linville Falls Hwy, Newland). 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 with any questions at (828) 765-6226 and email@example.com.
The Art Cellar
920 Shawneehaw Lane,
Starting on July 9, The Art Cellar will be showcasing Richard Oversmith’s paintings. His inspiration derives from the many views of Western North Carolina. From humble and man-made scenes to untouched mother nature, Oversmith captures the locations’ mood and incorporates his own message through his impressionistic style. The exhibit will be open to the public from July 9 to July 27.
Ben Owen III will also be showcased starting on July 9 through Aug. 10. Focussing on the family tradition of pottery, which stretches as far back as pre-revolutionary America, Owen spent his early years absorbing his family traditions and trade secrets. He’s used his knowledge to create pottery pieces that are reminiscent of early American concepts but with a modern twist.
Both artists will be present at a reception held at 4 p.m. — 6 p.m. on July 20.
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,
The Cottage offers free weekly art shows with art for every interest and budget. Every week the gallery features different talented North Carolina artists using a variety of media in a studio setting. Shows run through the week of Sept. 15 from Monday through Sunday, lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ashe Arts Center Gallery
303 School Ave.,
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
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.,
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.,
On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery presents its July group show that includes 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 5-8 p.m. The show features a variety of styles, sizes and subject matter all centering on “Blowing Rock’s Scenic Views.” Scenes include Chetola, sights from Green Hill Road, Flannery Fork and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of the artists featured in the show are Robin Wellner, Lita Gatlin, Dave Syfert, Kyle Buckland, Amy Sullivan and Richard Fennell.
Visit the gallery’s website for details regarding upcoming shows July and August. If you are interested in receiving real time updates from Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, visit blowingrockgalleries.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Blue Ridge ArtSpace
377 Shadowline Drive,
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
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.,
The 37th Spring Group Exhibition continues at Carlton Gallery with a wide variety of fine art and upscale handmade crafts by the local, regional and national artisans the gallery represents. From extraordinary blown glass, creative wood, unique pottery, enduring sculpture, designer jewelry to original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media, the art is exceptional.
Upcoming events include the Mid-Summer Group Exhibition featuring “Edge of Brilliance by Evolution” with Andrew Braitman whose expertise is abstracted landscape paintings. The Opening Reception is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27. Also the Tour de Art is July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with painting demonstrations planned by Kate Worm and Egidio Antonaccio.
Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone, seven miles north of Linville or Banner Elk and eight miles from Blowing Rock on highway 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about our gallery workshops, artists or exhibitions call (828) 963-4288.
Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery
205 Johnson Lane,
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 St. #D,
Summers at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery are a destination experience with master craftsman Bob Meier and his staff working in the studio Monday-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 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. Both also excellent Galleries to visit this summer.
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.
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.,
The Florence Thomas Art School gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June Workshops for (Ages 12-16)
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.
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 FlorenceArtSchool.org.
543 W King St., Boone
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 Center
604 W. King St., 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 St.,
The historic Martin House, located in the heart of Blowing Rock, has been showcasing the area’s best and most established artists for more than 30 years. The gallery is open 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Martin House Gallery will be hosting Chris Bell’s solo show “Landscapes of the High Country.” Opening reception is Friday, July 19, from 5-8 p.m. The gallery will be showcasing original realistic landscapes painted in oils and captured along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Additionally, the gallery will be hosting a new series of work in August by Austin Allen James. Austin will be painting and designing a series of work exclusive to the mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Opening reception will be Friday, Aug. 16, from 5-8 p.m.
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 in the gallery at www.martinhousegallery.com. 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 Ave.,
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 full summer workshop schedule and registration, as well as all 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.
683 W. King St., 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.
R.T. Morgan Art Gallery and Glass by Camille
120 N. Jefferson Ave., 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.
Sally Nooney Gallery
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,
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 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 to 10 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 W. King St., 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. 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 tcva.org or call (828) 262-3017.