The Sugar Mountain area offers many art galleries with a range of talented artists. Here are the top spots for craft and art by both regional and national artists – all within 10 miles of the entrance to our mountain village:
Banner Elk Artists Gallery
This cooperative art gallery in the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School features many local artists, including paintings, drawings, photography, graphic arts, pottery, jewelry, metal works, fine furniture, woodturnings, wood carvings, fabric art and more. For more, go to their website. 185 Azalea Circle SE, Banner Elk.
Art Cellar Gallery
Explore an impressive variety of works in a broad range of styles and mediums at this popular arts destination since 1993. From primitive to realistic, impressionistic to abstract, the gallery features fine quality artwork by both established and emerging artists – locally and nationally. Browse three floors of relaxed exhibition space that also includes a collection of regional pottery, wood and glass. They provide private consulting, placement and purchase on approval. The frame shop has museum quality services by a Master Framer. (Pic at top.) For more info, go to their website. 920 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk.
Rustik by Underwood
See Bradley Underwood’s handcrafted natural wood furniture, including hickory coffee tables, solid oak dining room tables, Birchwood benches and many smaller decorative items. For more info, go to his website. 2710 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk.
Find a wide range of American artists of regional a d national acclaim. The gallery is active with American auction houses, so you’ll also discover a collection of older works that are not by artists represented by the gallery, as well as found objects. For more info, go to their website. 393 Shawneehaw Avenue, downtown Banner Elk
This beautiful gallery features a big selection fine artwork and contemporary crafts in all mediums from 150 local, regional, and national artists. Workshops are conducted by artists in oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, expressive and intuitive arts and mixed media collage. For more info, go to their website. 10360 NC 105 South, Banner Elk. Phone: 828-963-7347
Sally Nooney Gallery
This studio / gallery is packed with beautiful creations by a very talented multi-media artist (pic above). Stop by to visit with Sally and see her colorful paintings – ranging from fine art traditional to whimsical. Her art glass comes in a variety of sizes and shapes – all with vibrant colors and intricate design. Buy one-of-a-kind jewelry and souvenirs. Find something for all budgets. Closed Mondays. Midway between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis in the community of Matney (7 miles from Sugar Mtn). For more, go to her website. 7137 Hwy 194 South, Banner Elk
Eddy Hoots Chainsaw Art
Watch Eddy at work on many days (no set schedule) in front of his workshop on Tynecastle Highway near Sugar Mountain Drive. His bears created out of tree trunks are very popular.
Valle Crucis (near Mast General Store)
Rivercross Made in USA
Browse a beautiful collection of art and craft, handmade by artisans in the USA, many of them nearby, including pottery, paintings, jewelry, woven works and more! For info, go to their website. 3595 NC 194, Sugar Grove (Beside Mast General Store in Valle Crucis)
Alta Vista Gallery
This fine art gallery inside an historic home has hundreds of paintings in various styles and mediums by many different artists, plus fine crafts, including stained glass, Motawi art tiles, and Mangum pottery. For info, go to their website. 2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis