North Carolina Arts Council
The pandemic's impact on artists and the arts ecosystem has been substantial. Help us #SparkTheArts this holiday season by supporting your local arts council where galleries showcase distinctive gifts of glass, clay, fiber, leather, metal, paper, wood and more! Local arts councils play an important role in communities. They sponsor and support arts programming and local artists so be sure to include their galleries and shops on your must-shop list. Your support and participation will help foster the arts and the fellowship, vitality and healing they bring to our lives.
Alamance Arts Holiday Exhibition
Celebrate the holidays with Alamance Arts by supporting local and regional artists!
Ashe County Arts Council’s Gallery Shop
West Jefferson, N.C.
Features over 100 local artists and crafts artisans.
Bertie County Arts Council Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 9 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Windsor Holiday Extravaganza includes a bazaar, music, food and shopping.
Cabarrus Arts Council’s Galleries Gift Shop
The Galleries Gift Shop features handcrafted items by local artists and artisans including jewelry, pottery, stationery, ornaments, wooden items, prints and much more!
Chowan Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop
Located along the Edenton waterfront park, Chowan Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop offers a variety of works from local artists.
Cleveland County Arts Council Handmade for the Holidays
“Handmade for the Holidays” Gift Gallery offers a chance to keep your holiday shopping unique & LOCAL!
Craven Arts County & Gallery
New Bern, N.C.
The Bank of the Arts is a historic building in the heart of the waterfront town of New Bern, N.C. and the gallery and shop feature artists of the southeastern U.S.
Haywood County Arts Council Small Works Exhibit
The Small Works exhibit is an open-themed exhibit that encourages buying art for holiday gifts. This year, HCAC encourages participants to create artworks that are multi-cultural in nature and celebrate the many different holidays, ways of celebrating, and ways of experiencing holidays in the November and December season. HCAC also encourages participants to create works that celebrate Appalachian heritage and craft.
Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop
Committed to providing a unique shopping experience in downtown Historic Hillsborough, the Gift Shop offers a beautiful and varied selection of well-priced gift items: wood, pottery, glass, fiber, note cards, jewelry, metalwork, birdhouses, calendars, art prints, linens and hand-painted silk scarves.
Iredell Arts Council Holiday Shop and Stroll Artisan Market
Dec. 3 | 4:30-7:30pm
Join stained glass artist Michael Ziegler with family and friends in the Old Jail gallery. Enjoy refreshments and local art during your stroll.
Madison County Arts Council Holiday Sale
Fri. Nov 26 – Dec.19 featuring three floors of local arts at the Art Center.
McDowell Arts Council Gallery & Retail Shop
Located in downtown Marion the shop offers local and national artists' exhibitions that change monthly. Shop in our retail store and browse the gallery selections.
Arts Council of Moore County
Southern Pines, N.C.
The Campbell House Sales Gallery, Southern Pines showcases artwork by local, regional and national artists in a variety of media.
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Holiday Artist Market
The Holiday Artist Market is Emerge Gallery’s annual holiday sale featuring handmade fine arts and crafts with a ticketed preview night on Dec. 5. The holiday show continues until Dec. 21.
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
The Stecoah Artisans Gallery in Robbinsville offers a unique opportunity to buy original artwork as well as the fine crafts that have made N.C. famous. There is a wide variety of traditional and contemporary works.
Winston-Salem Community Arts Gift Shop
The Arts Council’s Community Arts Gift Shop promotes awareness and sales of a wide variety of stunning artistic creations by numerous local artists from across our diverse community, thereby inspiring them to continue and extend their entrepreneurial creative endeavors.
For a complete list of local arts councils across North Carolina visit: https://www.ncarts.org/local-arts-council-directory