Alta Vista Gallery2839 Broadstone Road,
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.
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. Recently, Sams has won first place at the Annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Painting Competition, making it his third year in a row doing so.
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.
Gallery hours vary. Please call (828) 963-5247 to hear the gallery’s hours. View images of paintings on the gallery’s Facebook page @AltaVistaGallery.
Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery
9600 Linville Falls Highway,
Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Other times call ahead, drop by or make a private appointment.
This unique destination offers visitors the opportunity to experience sculpture in an outdoor garden. While easy to maintain social distances, visitors are able to walk, sit and enjoy the sculptures and nature. Garden visitors are welcome to experience sculpture up close anytime.
Sculptor Josh Cote’ joins the gallery this year with a playful collection of metal wire sculptures, wild hares riding bikes and stargazing. His artistic explorations are right at home with the other artists work in stone and metal, clay and glass.
Anvil Arts is the working studio of metal sculptor Bill Brown and the garden and gallery are focused on showcasing sculpture for interiors and exteriors, by numerous accomplished artists in metal, clay, stone and glass.
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,
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 Edgewood Cottage Artists in Residence program has been canceled for the 2020 season.
Ashe Arts Center Gallery
303 School Ave.,
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,
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.
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Ginny Stevens Lane,
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is closed to the public until it’s deemed safe for groups to gather as a precaution against the COVID-19 outbreak. Programming and events are now being offered digitally through BRAHM at Home at https://www.blowingrockmuseum.org/athome.
Visitors can visit the gallery’s website and follow @brmuseum on social media to view a variety of videos, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, art lessons geared towards youth and more.
The gallery’s gift shop is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
BRAHM 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.
See a full list of gallery events online at https://www.blowingrockmuseum.org/calendar.
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery
7539 Valley Blvd.,
On Instagram and Facebook: @brframeworks
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is presenting their third show of the summer season featuring Amy Sullivan and Wes Waugh. Both artists grew up in Statesville and now are both popular selling artists at the gallery here in Blowing Rock. Sullivan currently resides in Statesville, while Wes Waugh has lived here in the High Country for many years.
Amy Sullivan is best known for her large paintings of abstracted barns. She uses decisive cropping of the barns to give these structures a life. Each of her paintings seems to tell a story, almost as if she uses the buildings as characters in a narrative. Sullivan uses cold wax and oil paint as a medium, which brings an ethereal quality to the large paintings of mostly whites, light blues and greens, and the occasional pop of red.
Wes Waugh, Appalachian State retiree and local naturalist, has many paths to his livelihood including natural area conservation and tech work; but he specializes in painting and teaching watercolor. Waugh has a distinct style of watercolor, using bright colors to create beautiful mountain landscapes of the area. His paintings of local scenery like Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Hawksbill and many more can be founding decorating the walls of houses all over the area.
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for business hours. They are limiting the number of people in the gallery to five under NC’s Reopening plan. They are asking if you feel under the weather to please stay home, and to social distance and wear PPE while viewing in the gallery or bringing art to have framed. Stay safe, shop local and Support small business!
Blue Ridge Artisan Center
201 W. Main Street,
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,
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.
Due to COVID-19, the gallery is currently closed to the public.
For additional 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,
Bolick and Traditions Pottery have resumed normal business hours. 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.
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. Traditions Pottery, Michael and Janet Calhoun of Blowing Rock. Janet was recently awarded the 2020 “In These Hills, Folk and Traditional Arts, Master Artist Award” through South Arts.
Other potters include Sue Salvaterra of Weaverville, McWhirter Pottery of Burnsville, and Ten Hands Pottery of Boone.
10360 Hwy 105 S.,
Carlton Gallery continues its 38th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition until Sept. 15 with art in all media by the gallery’s standing artist. Social distancing is practiced throughout the gallery to ensure one’s well being while viewing the collection of fine art.
An “Appalachian Impressions of Landscapes” exhibit is presented by Egidio Antonaccio, Linda Apriletti and Freeman Beard. Each artist renders the landscape by their unique interpretation using oil, acrylic and watercolor.
Antonaccio is an exceptionally talented fine art painter whose impressionist landscapes show his love of nature. He paints vast panoramic views of hillsides and valleys, paths filled with flowering shrubs and azaleas, woodland waterfalls with native rhododendron and dogwood, pastoral farm scenes, mountain streams, as well as scenes depicting the changing seasons.
Born in Italy, Antonaccio grew up with the influences of great Italian master painters all around him. He earned his degree from the Institute of Fine Art in Castrovillari, Italy and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy with honors.
Florida native, Linda Apriletti, is a plein air landscape painter of immense talent. Painting outside allows her to observe and understand patterns in nature. Her focus is on mood and atmosphere of the landscape. She enjoys painting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Maine and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as coastal Florida.
As a child, Apriletti spent much time outside in nature and remember family vacations in the Blue Ridge mountains and hiking with her father. Even though her college degrees are in Accounting and Taxation, it was a natural evolution to blend her interests in art and nature to establish a career as an award-winning landscape painter.
The art of watercolorist Freeman Beard is realistic impressionism in which he captures the color, mood and truth of his subject matter then finds its essence to make a beautiful painting. His love of the mountains and coast offers a wide array of paintable subjects, as well as flowers and wildlife.
The paintings of Freeman Beard are represented in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., China, Japan, Holland and Switzerland. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of N.C., an associate member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of the Durham Art Guild.
The monthly Artist Spotlight is on Connie Winters whose vibrant impressionistic paintings capture on canvas colorful scenes of vineyards, gardens and intimate interiors of rich hues. She is a keen observer particularly with the interplay of color and light, along with strong drawing skills which determine the architecture of her designs. Winters’ paintings often reflect her travels through Europe and project her fascination with the countryside of Provence, France, and Tuscany, Italy.
Winters’ unusual gift for color has allowed her to excel as an artist. She says, “I see so much color and I’m drawn to it. I think I see more than most people. While some would look at a road and see gray asphalt, I will see shades of lavender, blue and even red. It’s just the way it appears to me. When I’m painting, it’s like a puzzle, putting colors together. Combining cool red and warm red paints create excitement and involve the viewer.”
The 38th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition will continue through Sept. 15.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone, 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk and 8 miles from Blowing Rock at 10360 Hwy 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community.
Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 on Sunday. Visit the Carlton Gallery’s website to view artwork, artist information or workshops.
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 Street,
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,
Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery is Boone’s premiere gallery for locally handcrafted ceramics.
The gallery features the work of Bob Meier with over 40 years of experience with the craft as well as nine other local potters. It also offers beautiful silver jewelry from Kathy Smith and Pamala Hoffman.
Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery is open for business Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday fro noon until 6 p.m.
In doing its part to keep Boone healthy, Doe Ridge Gallery is limiting the number of customers and asking people to wear a mask when in the gallery. If you would prefer to make an appointment call and the gallery will schedule private sessions in 30-minute increments.
Doe Ridge Pottery has launched an online store so that community members may shop the gallery from home. The online shop is located at https://www.doeridgepotteryshop.com.
The gallery also wants to continue to encourage local residents and customers to support the area’s local restaurants by buying takeout once a week.
Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery
10 S. Jefferson Avenue,
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
September is just around the corner as we prepare to enter the last quarter of what has been a truly bizarre 2020. The good news is that the artists at Hands Gallery in Boone are still making art and selling art. It has jewelry, photography, painting, glass work, furniture, pottery, sculpture. metalwork, fibers, handmade goat soap and custom cards.
Two new consignment artists will soon be added to the gallery’s line up. Its senior members have reviewed the work of a raku potter and a woodturner for inclusion in its group.
Potter Tim Brown said, “Both new artists have some really special items that will soon be on our shelves awaiting your inspection. It’s good stuff.”
It’s easy to find something unique at Hands Gallery and begin holiday shopping. The staff and artists of Hand’s Gallery could not make it any easier.
Brown’s online store can be viewed at www.etsy.com/shop/drakescreekpottery.
Hands 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,
Due to COVID-19, the Jones House is temporarily closed until further notice. When the Jones House is open, a new artist or organization will present their work each month 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.
When open, the Jones House gallery hours are 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,
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.
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 is 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,
The Historic Martin House located in the heart of Blowing Rock has been showcasing some of the regions most established and talented artist for more than 30 years.
This year’s featured artists include Dee Beard Dean of Charleston, SC; Deborah Squier of Asheville; Diane Larson of Raleigh; Anita Lewis of Oceanside, Cal.; Lindsay H. Jones of Charlotte; Judy Elias of Kiawah Island, SC; Kim Abernethy of Boone; Dee Pelliccio of Boone; and others.
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,
Mountain Blue Gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Craig Franz is a new artist to the gallery. A 42-year resident of the High Country, Franz’s home in Avery County is an area that is a landscape artist’s dream.
Franz’s journey as an artist began with career as a jeweler/craftsman, designing and fabricating original creations in gold and silver. He studied drawing and painting in college, but did not choose to pursue those interests until into his 50’s.
An admiration of impressionism, especially the continued development from the 20th century American impressionists, helped guide his path. Working in soft pastels and oils his award winning paintings are created both plein air and in the studio.
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.,
(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.
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,
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.
Currently, the Nthº Gallery is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.
Sally Nooney Gallery
7143 N.C.-194, Banner Elk
Sally Nooney Gallery has reopened, and it is stocked with a limited supply of colorful, washable masks by tie-dye artist Laurie Hardin.
The gallery is full of one of a kind glass, paintings, jewelry and other treasures and Sally continues to create new items every day.
Follow her Facebook page for new images and frequent updates.
Further inquiries and commissions can be discussed by calling the gallery.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Studio 140 at Sorrento’s
140 Azalea Circle,
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. The Turchin Center galleries are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, however, the installation of new exhibitions continues and all galleries are highlighted on the tcva.org website and via social media.
Gallery A features Elizabeth M. Claffey’s exhibition “Matrilinear,” an ongoing series that addresses embodied memory and its relationship to personal, familial and cultural identity.
Family folklore and ritual are explored through photographs revealing the physical remnants of a body long gone; including stains, tears and loose thread from clothing that was kept close to the body for comfort and protection.
“UnEqual Scenes” by Johnny Miller is in Gallery B. Miller is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary projects. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, he has extensive networks and knowledge of contemporary African and world issues.
His focus is on the urban, cultural, and social issues facing humanity in a fast-changing world.
Continuing exhibitions include “Lian Lian — An installation by Hui Chi Lee” which reflects on the complex and multi-faceted aspect of human relationships.
Lesia Maruschak, a photography-based artist with a unique lens on the creation of mobile memorial spaces is highlighted in her works, “MARIA” and “OH CANADA.” This exhibition is in the Mayer Gallery and can be seen through the windows of King Street and the glass doors off the main plaza of the Turchin Center.
Outside of COVID-19, 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.