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 ~170 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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 Upcoming Events at the Joyful Jewel

See pictures from April 28, 2018 Vision & Voice 


Shannon Bueker is Featured for the month of July.


Mariah Wheeler’s Book Launch for Art at Last: It’s Never Too Late to Create!,

Sunday July 15, 3 – 5pm


Art at Last: It’s Never Too Late to Create is a nonfiction book which tells the stories of thirteen artists who began their careers late in life and have become successful.  Art at Last delves into the most potent issues of today for several significant portions of the populations, especially the older generation, including the importance of finding new and meaningful ways to contribute to a changing world.

The stories are compelling, and the topic is timely. These artists all have been, or are still are, successful in other vocations. They are the kind of people who have goals and work hard to fulfill them, who have come to believe in the power and worth of art, and who continue to grow and develop themselves through creating.

Those who have retired are not the kind of folks who have nothing to do so they dabble in art to fill their time. For these people art is a serious vocation. Each one is frequently still a student, is an artist daily, and is currently displaying and selling his/her artwork.  Three are potters, two are photographers and another uses her photography as part of her work, one makes jewelry, five are painters, and one designs and makes clothing.

As you read on, you will see how they came to be doing such remarkable work in their “golden years.” You will see their studios and sample the art each is known for.  The images are vivid enough for you to imagine a life of “Art at Last.” You will come to see that you, too, can join the community of artists.  It’s never too late to create.  Now is the time and we are the people!



Coming in August, Nancy L. Smith is Featured for the month.  Nancy Smith explores the colors, songs, and wildness of the sixties in her new series The 60’s Chicks. Join in the fun at the Artist’s Opening Reception. Marie Vanderbeck plays and sings 60’s tunes!

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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