Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery
Hwy 221 / 9600 Linville Falls Highway
A unique arts destination offering visitors the opportunity to experience sculpture in an outdoor garden area and in the interior gallery. Anvil Arts is also the working studio of sculptor Bill Brown. This year is Brown’s 40th year in this studio and we invite everyone to the Summer Celebration and 40th Anniversary party on July 24, and July 25. Explore, experience and collect sculptural works created by artists from the Southeast. Large outdoor sculpture and small scale sculpture in metal, glass, clay and stone, the gallery also features paintings on panel and canvas. Open Thursdays — Saturdays from 10 — 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 — 5 p.m. Other times call ahead or by appointment.
The Art Cellar
920 Shawneehaw Lane,
A High Country Arts destination for over 25 years, featuring the area’s finest artists. With works ranging from traditional to contemporary, The Art Cellar is proud to exhibit original paint, pottery, glass and more. We have prepared an exciting and dynamic exhibition lineup for the 2021 Summer Season including acclaimed artists: Zoey Brookshire, Carolyn Blaylock, Tony Griffin, William Dunlap, Greg Smith, Noyes Capehart and Raymond Chorneau. Visit our website to view our Show Schedule. The Art Cellar Gallery is open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage
Main Street & Ginny Stevens Lane
From July 26 until Aug. 1 visitors to Edgewood Cottage will have the opportunity to meet artists Randy Blake Clontz and Kelly Gross.
Randy Blake Clontz was born in Hickory, NC and showed uncommon artistic ability even as a youth. At the age of 12, he honed his basic art and design skills with a correspondence course through the Famous Artist School for Talented Young People. After pursuing art education in Detroit and work opportunities in Chicago, Randy relocated back home to Hickory in 2002 to create beautiful oil landscapes of the North Carolina mountains. Randy’s commissioned oil portraits appear in private, corporate, and public collections in Chicago, Michigan, California, & North Carolina. If you’ve ever considered commissioning an oil painting, come meet Randy from July 26, through August 1, and enjoy his work at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.
Kelly Gross is an emerging artist specializing in oil paintings of the natural world. Her work is a blend of realism and impressionism, working with vibrant colors and deep contrasts of light and shadow. Her passion is to capture the small, beautiful moments around us all with paint. Come and enjoy Kelly’s work from July 26, through August 1, at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.
Ashe County Arts Council
303 School Ave,
The Ashe County Arts Council and Arts Center is located in a beautiful stone building constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. The Arts Center also boasts a gallery shop that sells the work of over 100 artists and crafts artisans. The Ashe Arts Center is also the site of concerts, literary events, meetings, and rentals and is even the polling place for West Jefferson. For more information about this unique art space, visit https://www.ashecountyarts.org/.
BE Artists Gallery
The Historic Banner
185 Azalea Circle,
Join us this spring, beginning April 15, to see our latest art, including paintings, photography, graphic arts, pottery, jewelry, metalworks, glassworks, fine furniture, wood carvings and fabric art.
Simply stop by the gallery and call (or text) the number on the sign outside—we will promptly let you in. We will be open Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Ginny Stevens Lane,
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is open Tues- Sat, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 excited to announce their first show of the 2021 summer season featuring painter Egidio Antonaccio. Antonaccio is a well known artist in the area whose painting classes are popular among much of the art community in the High Country. Antonaccio paints epic landscapes of local scenery by capturing scenic forests and picturesque waterfalls. The gallery will host a reception for the artist Saturday June 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception will include complimentary wine and hor d’ouevres. Egidio will be at the reception to talk art and answer any questions.
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is open for the full business hours: Monday — Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by to see work from newly added artists Ed Hatch, Jeremy Sams, and Bo Bradford as well as their current artists Lita Gatlin, Robin Wellner, Wes Waugh, Fred Sprock, Kyle Buckland, Amy Sullivan, Annie Campbell, Bill Jameson, Richard Fennell and more
Please contact the gallery with any questions or concerns via phone at (828) 295-0041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find them on social media with the handle @brframeworks.
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 is the main office for the Watauga Arts Council and is a community space for art related groups to meet and practice, as well as a space for classes and instruction.
Though the Blue Ridge ArtSpace is not currently serving as a gallery, you can still call to pick up info about local art events and programs put on by the arts council.
For additional information, visit the Blue Ridge ArtSpace/Watauga County Arts Council’s website at www.watauga-arts.org, subscribe to its newsletter to receive monthly updates and follow the their social media at Watauga-Arts on FB and Instagram.
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.,
Spring has come to the High Country and Carlton Gallery is planning its 39th Spring Group Exhibition. It will be a “Drop-In Opening Reception” with “May Your Soul Blossom with the Beauty of Art” on May 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This group exhibition includes ART in paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, clay and jewelry by the talented artisans of the gallery and runs through July 15.
New abstracted landscape paintings by Allison Chambers; plein air landscape oils by Sharon Rusch Shaver; still life flowers and fruit by Mary Kamerer; traditional landscapes with minute details by Egidio Antonaccio; impressionistic landscapes and interiors by Connie Winters; figurative mixed media paintings by Marion Cloaninger; wildlife rendered in ball point pen by Brian Carney; non-objective abstracts by Tonya Bottomley; landscapes and wildlife rendered in water color by Freeman Beard, along with colorful abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman are some of the gallery artists exhibiting in this exciting spring show.
This exhibition is featuring in memorial a collection of oil paintings by Warren Dennis. Warren was a long-standing artist of Carlton Gallery whose paintings depict people and objects of everyday life. His unique perspective and painting style is unparalleled. Warren was a prolific painter throughout his life and worked into his later years creating his signature style oils which always manifested his terrific sense of humor and zest for life.
Painting workshops begin on May 25 and continue through October 21 at Carlton Gallery. Workshops are for three-days and are offered in oils, acrylics, mixed media, and drawing, and are open to all skill levels.
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 S in the Grandfather Mountain community. Gallery 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,
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,
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 functional ware and display pieces including a beautiful collection of lamps and unique one of a kind hand-carved pieces by Bob Meier.
This month’s featured artist is Carol King. Carol is from the Boone area and has been working in ceramics since 2000 when she took her first class with Bob Meier. Since then she has established herself as a maker of ceramic mirrors which she sells exclusively at Doe Ridge Pottery gallery. She also enjoys making one-of-a-kind pieces with images of dragon flies, leaves, wild flowers and Dogwoods. She is one of 15 artists in the gallery.
We also have a working studio on site where most days you will find folks in the back preparing work to put into our kilns. We hope you will make Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery one of your regular stops for purchasing gifts this season as well as adorning your own home with beautifully handmade local work.
As a side note parking in downtown Boone is free every day after 5 p.m. and all-day Sunday.
Hours have returned to 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery
10 S Jefferson Ave,
Florence Thomas Art School is open Mon — Sat, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. In-person workshops in fine arts and heritage crafts are offered throughout the year. Visitors can see monthly art exhibits at the school.
Currently on exhibit until July 29, is Shadow of the Hills featuring works by members of the Blue Ridge Art Clan. The Blue Ridge Art Clan was formed in 1978 by Florence Thomas and her art students to encourage and enhance the creation of new art in the High Country. More than 100 different accomplished artists have contributed to the BRAC’s growth through demonstrations, critiques and workshops. In August Florence Thomas Art School will host the Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts with a month-long exhibit featuring artists Toni Carlton, Lori Hill, Whitney Landwehrman and Cheryl Williams.
Hands Galle ry
543 W King Street, Boone
I can’t believe it’s July. The town is filling up with visitors from everywhere, and any trip to the high country is not complete without stopping at Hands gallery at 543 West King Street. We represent thirty or more local artists, each showing their unique creative process. The selection of mediums is the best you’ll find in town. For over 50 years, our group of core artists work the gallery and will gladly help you find that perfect gift. All of us are happy to tell you about our particular art form, and as professional artists, we can talk broadly about all the art you will see.
This month we feature Don Haywood of Dancing Tree studio. His silver and gemstone jewelry is beautiful and results from 40 years of experience. Don prices his work so that everyone can find a piece of art that’s affordable. We look forward to you stopping by our store. You won’t be disappointed. Best, from Hands.
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 11 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. 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.
King Street Art Collective585 West King Street,
Operated by the Watauga Art’s Council, the King Street Art Collective located in downtown Boone is a new gallery and interactive art space that features changing exhibits and activities celebrating the arts. For an upcoming list of events check out the Watauga Arts Council website at www.watauga-arts.org, or following Watauga-Arts on Facebook and Instagram.
Main Street Gallery
Main Street Gallery in Blowing Rock has been forced to close after 38 years in a prime location on Main Street as our building has sold. We are still together as a group and we can be reached at our website mainstreetgalleryinbr.com. We are looking for a new home in Blowing Rock and look forward to seeing you in the future.
M artin House Gallery
1098 Main Street,
The Martin House Gallery will be hosting its annual “Blowing Rock Women’s Show.” Come celebrate some of the region’s best female artists and help support the “Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge”. The show will be celebrated at the American Legion Building, located at 333 Wallingford St. in Blowing Rock, on Thursday, June 24, 12-8 p.m.
This year’s featured artists include Hillary Scott of Groveland, MA; Tanvi Pathere of Florence, Italy; Dee Beard Dean of Charleston, SC; Anita Lewis of Oceanside, CA; Julia Lesnichy of Virginia; Diane Larson of Raleigh; Kim Abernethy of Boone; and others.
Our gallery is located in the historic Martin House on Main Street in Blowing Rock. We offer free local delivery and installation as well as after-hour showings. Visit the Martin House Gallery website to see featured artists and available work. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @martinhousegallery. Email us at email@example.com. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by request during the week. Please call for after hour showings at (336) 508-2828.
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 VisualArts
423 W. King Street, Boone
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, located on King Street in Boone, has six galleries with changing contemporary art exhibitions and is the largest facility of its kind in the region. Beginning on July 2, 2021 the Turchin Center will begin resume normal hours. Admission is free. For more information visit tcva.org or call (828) 262-3017.
Now featured in the Main Gallery is “Erratic: Hoss Haley.” Sculptor Hoss Haley has created a stunning oversized sculpture of richly patinaed, recycled metal panels shaped over a huge irregularly shaped frame to echo the erratic boulders left in the landscape as detritus following glacial action. On display through December 11, 2021.
In the Moskowitz Gallery is “Father, Grandfather, Artist: A Tribute to Warren Dennis,” on display through December 4 in the Moskowitz Gallery. This exhibition commemorates the life and work of prominent Southeastern artist and retired longtime Appalachian State University professor Warren Dennis, who died April 13, 2021. This exhibition comprises painting from the personal collections of family members.
Featured in the Mayer Gallery is “Rowhouse Workshop,” an interactive exhibition showcasing the unique personalities of rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia. The exhibition leads visitors through a series of rowhouse block installations, sharing collectively curated songs, recipes, images, and videos. On display through August 7, 2021.
In the Mezzanine Gallery is the “98.6 – A Creative Commonality”. Humans and chimpanzees share 98.6% of the same DNA. Far greater than just the physical similarities, both species have large brains capable of exhibiting great intelligence as well as an incredible emotional range. This exhibition features works created by chimpanzees at Zoo Knoxville, an AZA-accredited institution in Knoxville, Tennessee The Center for Great Apes, a secluded sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida. On display through February 5, 2022.
In Gallery A, “Where are the birds? Retracing Audubon: Artwork by Krista Elrick is an exhibition and book project reexamining John James Audubon’s epic life. While the name of Audubon is familiar and the drawings he created are still wildly popular, his eloquent writings are less well known. This exhibition features contemporary photographs made by Elrick of the American landscapes in which Audubon traveled 200 years ago. On display June 4 – Nov 6, 2021.
In Gallery B, “Every Olive Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane”: Wendy Babcox, is a suite of photogravure images of each of the twenty-three olive trees in the garden. The oldest tree has been carbon-dated to 1092, a date almost coincidental with the first of the Crusades. The oldest trees are a living and symbolic link to this distant past, while the younger saplings bridge the present moment with an unknowable future. On display June 4 – Nov 6, 2021.
The Community Gallery features the exhibition “Ruminations: Cheryl Prisco.” Prisco is an artist who works in wood and describes herself as having “a technical approach that is radically free-wielding by traditional woodworking standards. “I am addicted to color and pattern, drawn to irreverence and visual dissonance. Each assemblage is a rumination, a story, one in the making and one in the viewing.” On display through August 7, 2021.
The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is on display on campus and features nine contemporary sculptures from artists across the United States. A map and information can be found on the tcva.org website.
For more information about exhibitions and programs, visit tcva.org or call (828) 262-3017.
The Wilkes Art Gallery
913 C Street, North Wilkesboro
The Wilkes Art Gallery is a non-profit arts center that believes art enriches individuals and the community alike. WAG offers a variety of youth and adult classes, workshops and outreach projects. Gallery exhibitions rotate throughout the year including two juried exhibits and Youth Art Month. We are happy to host over fifty local artist and craftsman in our gift shop. The gallery is Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.