Last Minute and Local

Article Published: Dec. 22, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 22, 2011
Last Minute and Local

Doe Ridge Pottery in downtown Boone is one of many local galleries offering ideal gifts for the holiday season.

Photo by Jeff Eason

If you are reading this and have not finished all of your Christmas shopping, you officially qualify as a last minute shopper.

Let’s face it, some of us do our best work at the last minute when the pressures on and the deadlines are looming.

When you are looking for that last minute, one-of-a-kind present that will keep on giving all through the year, consider purchasing a painting by a local or regional artist, CD by area musicians or book by an author in our midst.

Alta Vista Gallery, Carlton Gallery, Art Cellar Gallery, Art and Artifacts, Hands Gallery, ArtWalk and Morning Star Gallery are among the local galleries that specialize in local and regional artists.
If you want to give the gift of art but feel uncomfortable picking out something that your friend or family will feel obligated to hang on their wall, you might want to think about giving a membership to the Watauga Arts Council or the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM).

The High Country’s newest addition to our art scene, BRAHM features numerous art galleries, video presentations, an education center, gift shop and much more. Yearly BRAHM memberships come in a variety of forms, including Student ($25), Individual ($40), Young Professional Couple ($50) and Family ($75). Membership includes free admission to the museum, regular email newsletters, and a 10% discount on museum programs and classes. For more information, call BRAHM at (828) 295-9099, ext. 3007.

Another way of giving the gift of art is by giving art supplies or art classes to that special someone. Both Art Mart (828-264-3135) and Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies (828-262-5459) offer gift certificates that can be used for both art materials or art classes.

If you’re looking for music by local artists, a great place to start would by the Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone, home of the Watauga Arts Council. There you will find CDs by many of the musicians who make the Arts Council’s summertime Concerts on the Lawn series such a success.

Currently, the Jones House has CDs by Crys Matthews, Steve and Ruth Smith, the Worthless Son-in-Laws, the Crooked Road Ramblers, Diana & Sarvis Ridge, Lost Ridge, Brian Yerman and the Bloomin’ Yermaniums, Surefire, Southern Accent, Joe Val, Deeper Roots, Lazybirds, the Sheets Family Band, Jay Brown, the Dashboard Hula Boys, the Forget-Me-Nots, Robby Norris, Echo Park, Jessica Presnell, the Dollar Brothers, Monica Woodward, Lisa Baldwin and Dave Haney, Cora Beth Bridges and Rick Brockner, the Neighbors, and the Blue Notes Dixieland Jazz Band.
CDs by area musicians at the Jones House are $15.

The Jones House’s front parlor also features a number of books by local authors, including J.J. Brown, Maggie Bishop, Donna Akers, Tom Fowler, Lila Hopkins, Keith C. Powell, Marian Coe, Pat Mattaini Mestern, Charles F. Price, Orville Hicks, and Michaele Haas and Jane Wilson.

To contact the Jones House about gifts by local artists, call (828) 264-1789.

While you’re in downtown Boone, be sure to check out the local artwork at Doe Ridge Pottery and Hands Gallery. Both stores have been representing local artists for decades.

Hands Gallery currently has a wide selection of handmade pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, Christmas items, woven baskets, mosaics, and much more. For more information, call Hands Gallery at (828) 262-1970.

Doe Ridge Pottery now has a wide selection of wheel-thrown and hand-crafted pottery created by local artists. One of the featured artists at the gallery is the sculptural pottery by Connie Cox. Her whimsical face pots are unique and continue a tradition of sculpting faces in pottery that goes back in the Appalachian Mountains for generations. For more information, call Doe Ridge Pottery at (828) 264-1127.

High Country Galleries

Banner Elk

Clark Gallery
393 Shaneehaw Ave.
(828) 898-2095

Blowing Rock

Art & Artifacts
159 Sunset Dr.
(828) 414-9402

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery
7935 Valley Blvd.
(828) 295-0041

Rock Galleries of Fine Art
1153 Main St.
(828) 295-9752


611 W. King St.
(828) 264-9998

Doe Ridge Pottery
585 W. King St., Suite D
(828) 264-1127

Hands Gallery
543 W. King St.
(828) 262-1970

Jones House Community Center
604 W. King St.
(828) 262-4576

The Open Door Global Gifts
703 W. King St.
(828) 355-9755


Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery
205 Johnson Lane
(828) 733-3144


MoonStar Gallery
112 Clubhouse Drive
(828) 963-6600

Avery Arts Council Gallery
77 Ruffin St.
(828) 733-0054

87 Ruffin Street Gallery
87 Ruffin St.
(828) 733-6449

Valle Crucis

Alta Vista
2839 Broadstone Rd.
(828) 963-5247

West Jefferson

The Artists’ Theatre
8 E. Main St.
(336) 846-3355

Ashe Arts Council
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) 846-4141

Originals Only
3-B N. Jefferson Ave.
(336) 846-1636

R.T. Morgan Art Gallery & Glass by Camille
120 N. Jefferson Ave.
(336) 246-3328

Ripples Gallery
101 N. Jefferson Ave.
(336) 246-2607

River Rock Gallery
101 N. Jefferson Ave.
(336) 219-0089

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