Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival

Over the past two decades, Western North Carolina has established itself as one of the premiere vineyard and winery capitals of the Southeast. Blowing Rock celebrates our wine culture each April during the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival.

During the four days of the annual Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, thousands of visitors are treated to workshops, seminars, wine pairing dinners, the Grand Tasting under the giant tent on Maple St., live music, champagne brunches, and more.

The wine seminars and workshops are the perfect places to learn about the history of different wines and how to best match them with all sorts of food…even chocolate.

For more information on the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

The High Country’s Art Galleries

Art buyers and enthusiasts will find that the High Country’s art galleries have much to offer.

Home to almost countless venues that host a variety of styles and mediums, the High Country has a gallery for just about every artistic disposition.

Fine Art

For two decades, Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery has provided its clientele with custom framing and artwork.

During his business’s 20 years, owner Tim Miller has assembled a gallery featuring work from more than 25 of the most accomplished artists in the Southeast, including the renowned Elliott Daingerfield.

According to Miller, a stroll through Blowing Rock Frameworks is as pleasing to the first-time visitor as it is to seasoned collectors.

The Art Cellar Gallery has been a celebrated arts destination for more than 20 years, featuring the works of regional, national and internationally acclaimed artists.

From primitive to realistic, impressionistic to abstract, The Art Cellar features fine quality artwork by both established and emerging artists, while providing clientele with a comfortable exhibition space in which to select the next treasured additions to their collections, large or small.

The Art Cellar is located at 920 Shawneehaw Lane in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5175, or visit

Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk is one of the most established fine art galleries in North Carolina.

Representing more than 200 local, regional and national artisans, the gallery is filled with art in all mediums, including paintings, glass, sculpture, wood, clay, wearable art and jewelry.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. For more information, call (828) 963-4288, or visit

Clark Gallery in downtown Banner Elk boasts an impressive collection of artists. While all have representational painting in common, the diversity of the group ranges from bold expressionism to examples of restrained neo-classicism and illusionistic realism and traditional materials, as well as mixed media.

Established by Chris Clark in 2001, the gallery has grown considerably, due to its founder’s experience and passion for painting. Clark Gallery is located at 393 Shawnheehaw Ave. in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-2095, or visit


Doe Ridge Pottery is the High Country’s premier local pottery dealer.

Bob Meier opened the gallery and store in 1988 and remains a resident pottery with numerous other artisans.

With a freshly designed showroom and new displays, Doe Ridge’s collection of fine pottery includes functional, specialty and home decor pieces.

Doe Ridge Pottery is located at 585 W. King St., Suite D, in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-1127, or visit

Bolick Pottery and Traditions Pottery, located in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock, features the work of the Bolick and Calhoun families, which can trace their crafts back several generations to the Seagrove School of potters in Eastern North Carolina.

Lula Owens Bolick and her husband, Glenn, and Janet Calhoun and her husband, Michael, continue a pottery tradition that goes back in the family for 190 years.


With more than 30 years of experience, Old World Galleries owners Charlie and Joy Travis value the relationship with each client, striving to ensure that every transaction provides true customer satisfaction.

Old World specializes in fine jewelry in platinum, gold, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious gemstones, as well as custom-designed jewelry for budget-minded customers. The gallery also buys, sells and appraises antique and estate jewelry, including diamonds and precious gems, while offering a full line of jewelry repair, cleaning, evaluation and more.

Continuing Education

West Jefferson’s Florence Thomas Art School & Gallery is an artist’s one-stop shop. The center offers resources for instruction, exhibition and experience in the fine arts and heritage crafts for Ashe County and the entire region.

The school and gallery are named after the late Florence Thomas, an Ashe County artist who, in her 98 years, created hundreds of paintings, capturing the soul, mystery and comfort of common thing — from farm animals to flowers to landscapes. In addition, she taught painting in the basement of her home for 20 years.

Thomas died in 2007, but her legacy continues. Upon her passing, she provided the means to establish a non-profit art school in Ashe County, thus continuing her legacy of providing quality instruction in the arts.

Florence Thomas Art School & Gallery is located at 10 S. Jefferson Ave. in West Jefferson.

For more information, call (336) 846-3827, or visit

Gallery Listings

Banner Elk

The Art Cellar

920 Shawneehaw Ave.

(828) 898-5175

Carlton Gallery

10360 N.C. 105 South

(828) 963-4288

Clark Gallery

393 Shaneehaw Ave.

(828) 898-2095

Maggie Black Pottery

112 Clubhouse Dr. #1

(828) 963-2565

Sally Nooney Gallery

7143 N.C.194 South

(828) 963-7347

Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

159 Chestnut St.

(828) 295-9099

Blowing Rock Gallery of Homes & Land

159 Sunset Drive

(828) 414-9400

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery

7539 Valley Blvd.

(828) 295-0041

Bolick Pottery & Traditions Pottery

The Martin House

1155 Main St.

(828) 295-6128



611 W. King St.

(828) 264-9998

Blue Ridge ArtSpace

377 Shadowline Drive

(828) 264-1789

Doe Ridge Pottery

585-D W. King St.

(828) 264-1127

Hands Gallery

543 W. King St.

(828) 262-1970

Jones House Community Center

604 W. King St.

(828) 262-4576

Kevin Beck Studio

1590 Shull’s Mill Road

(828) 963-1181

Nth Degree Gallery

683 W. King St.

(828) 719-9493

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W. King St.

(828) 262-3017

Linville and Newland

87 Ruffin Street Gallery

87 Ruffin St., Linville

(828) 733-6449

Anvil Arts Studio

9600 Linville Highway, Newland

(828) 765-6226

Pam Brewer Studio

41 Redbird Lane, Newland

(828) 733-5755

Pineola, Crossnore and Linville Falls

Linville River Pottery

P.O. Box 342


(828) 387-1944

Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery

The Crossnore School

205 Johnson Lane

(828) 733-3144

Valle Crucis

Alta Vista Gallery

2839 Broadstone Road

(828) 963-5247

Rivercross Market

3595 N.C. Hwy 194

(828) 963-8623

West Jefferson

Acorn Gallery

103 Long St.

(336) 246-3388

The Artists’ Theatre

8 E. Main St.

(336) 846-3355

Ashe Arts Center Gallery

303 School Ave.

(336) 846-2787

Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery

105 S. Jefferson Ave.

(336) 846-2218


106 N. Jefferson Ave.

(336) 846-1498

Broomfields Gallery

414 E. 2nd St.

(336) 982-2055

Originals Only

3-B S. Jefferson Ave.

(336) 846-1636

R.T. Morgan Art Gallery & Glass by Camille

120 N. Jefferson Ave.

(336) 246-3328

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