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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Aug. Events at the Joyful Jewel

 Featured through the end of August – Stacy Lewis Art  “Aquatic 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.


Saturday Aug. 27 12 – 2pm Maryphyllis Horn demonstrates her colored pencil art.


Sat. Aug. 27 “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


Sat. Sept. 3, 2 – 5:30pm Fairy Flare

Fairy Flare event pix

Leslie Stern will be at the Joyful Jewel providing sparkly hair extensions!  Make an appointment, by calling Joyful Jewel (919) 883-2775.


1st Sunday – Sept. 4:

     1 – 3pm Patrick Hitesman Art Opening


 Patrick Hitesman feature pixture

Patrick Hitesman is an artist and art teacher at Durham School of the Arts in Durham, NC. He believes that we tend to cling to the positive memories from our life experiences. It is his hope to revive a pleasant memory in everyone who views his paintings. These paintings, along with the accompanying memory/association will hopefully enable a complete and rewarding aesthetic experience. The artist can also be found floating around the waters of North Carolina in his small and very orange sailboat, or running or biking area greenways seeking inspiration…




Story Telling Festival Friday Sept. 16, 7 – 9pm

Join us for a fabulous time on the night of a full moon!  Story Tellers this time include newcomers (to us) Beth Budd and Sarah Beth Nelson, along with crowd favorites Judith Valerie and Cynthia Raxter.  Suz Robinson will be our eminent Emcee.

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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