The Joyful Jewel

 local art fresh from the heart
  revised logo square44-A Hillsboro St. in downtown Pittsboro, NC
(919) 883-2775
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10:30 – 5:30 and Sun. 12 -4pm

The Joyful Jewel is a retail gallery of ~160 North Carolina artists all from Chatham and the surrounding counties.  We offer “local art fresh from the heart” in a wide variety of media including painting, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber. We also have books by local authors and CDs by local singer songwriters.

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The Joyful Jewel is at 44-A Hillsboro St. in downtown Pittsboro, NC: Directions

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July & Aug. Events at the Joyful Jewel

Featured through July 31 – Beth Bale’s paintings “The Art of Shadow & Light”

Beth Bale feature painting Rooster

July 24, Beth Bale’s Painting for Beginner’s Class, 1 – 5pm


Basic watercolor painting techniques will be taught, including use of various brushes, how watercolor varies from other paints, types of watercolor papers, wet-into-wet technique vs. dry brush, color mixing, glazing/layering of color and more.  Students will work on sample pieces and then complete a painting of their choice with direction by the instructor.  Photos provided by the instructor may be used if desired.  Each student will be guided to choose a subject to paint that matches their skill level so that each will have success.  Students will receive individual attention as they work on their paintings and will be encouraged to paint loosely and freely and with the largest brush that will work for the task.  This is a no pressure class that will be fun and encourage students to paint loosely and use saturated color.  The instructor, Beth Bale, paints animals, landscapes and florals in watercolor in a colorful and painterly style.

Meeting Days and Time:  

Sunday July 24, 1 – 5pm

Tuition:  $55 per person

 To sign up: call to let us know, bring or send a check for the tuition to the Joyful Jewel (P O Box 1483, Pittsboro, NC 27312).  Make the tuition check payable to the Joyful Jewel.  Give us your name, email address, phone number and the name of the class you’re signing up for.


Soul Speak July 31, 5 – 7pm

soul speak top pix

Sharon Blessum readings with chant and instruments of Sheila Fleming and Amy Durso; Billy Mason stone talismans; Emmanuel Nsingani, Congolese musician; Angelica  Rodriguez leading us on a journey into the power of our own creation.

1st Sunday – August 7:

     1 – 3pm Stacy Lewis Art Opening “Acquatic Creatures”

Stacy Lewis Seahorse

Stacy Lewis is a North Carolina contemporary watermedia painter of animals. While her paintings are based on a solid drawing foundation influenced by her years as an animator, their dramatic color, richly layered textures and diverse materials make them unique.

Aug. 7 Rick Bylilna Author Reading, “Kill All Cats” – a mystery, 4 – 5pm

Ron Black’s next-door neighbor dies along with her thirty-eight cats. His alibi, “I was at work.” When detectives find incriminating evidence, Ron fears they will uncover his checkered past and narrow their focus to him. When Ron’s only friend, Jean, disappears, the police double-down on him as a suspect for this crime, too. Can his smart-mouthed cockatiel, Brisbane, help save Ron in this humorous, tense, fast-paced anti-cozy?

Aug. 14 When Women Waken – poetry reading from 4 issues of this publication by authors and others, 2 – 4pm

Event: Join us at the Joyful Jewel to read from and discuss pieces of poetry, prose and art from the last four issues of When Women Waken – Being, Fear, Water and War. We’ll have copies available for you to read from, and encourage you to scan the contents online at

When Women Waken is an online and print literary and arts journal started by Anora McGaha to publish poetry, prose and art by women from North Carolina and around the world. A number of local artists and writers have had the honor of being included in each issue, and several will be present on August 14th.


Aug. 19, 7 – 9pm New Artist Reception featuring 14 new artists at the Joyful Jewel!

These new artists include: Anne Pilgrim, Dori Dupre, Helen Buskool, Isabel Taylor, James Crouse, Kelley Hunter, Leah Purvis, Maria Tadd, Maryphyllis Horn, Richard Quinlan, Ruth Stutts, Daniel & Sharon Silverstein, and Sandra McEwen.  Come to meet and welcome them to the Pittsboro artist community.  Their various media are painting, drawing, stained glass, music, hair ornaments, wood, jewelry and books.


Aug. 26 “Embracing the Sacred” reading by mystical poet Sheridan Bushnell, accompanied by professional flutist Brooks de Witter-Smith, 7:30 – 9pm



Come discover for yourself as mystical poet Sheridan Bushnell  and UNC music professor and flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith collaborate in an evening of reflection and rejuvenation.

“This is some of the most profound mystical poetry I have ever read.  They touch a part of my hear and soul, I did not know it would be possible for words to touch.  In fact, they have the ability to transport the reader to the mystical state of grace from which they have emanated.”  ~  Stefan Kasian, Duke University

Additional events and added details are at: Upcoming Events


Joyful Jewel Artists and Media

Each Joyful Jewel artist whether visual artist, writer or musician has a paged dedicated to sharing their work.  Search by medium or artist name to find what you are interested in. Call (919) 883-2775 or email us if you would like more choices or to have something mailed to you.

About Us

Art, why?  Explore the mission principles that guide the Joyful Jewel artists and the owners, artists and patrons of this exceptional gallery.

Blog:  The Daily Jewel

Nearly each day one special piece of art gets special treatment with a blog entry and picture.  You will soon be able to sign up to receive these daily nuggets of art in your own inbox.


Classes at the Joyful Jewel

The Joyful Jewel is delighted to be offering classes to the public again.  Please check here often as more classes are being planned.

Gifts for All Gift Guide


Joyful Jewel Monthly Newsletter

Each month we write a newsletter to highlight new artists at the Joyful Jewel and share new pieces, books or music that have been created.  The events for the next month are described and perhaps an interview or video are included.  You can sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox by emailing:

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