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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 Vision & Voice, our annual call for writers to come to the gallery, pen in hand, and write about a piece of art, is now!  Submissions are due March 25.  The event, hosted by Maggie Zwilling, will take place Saturday, April 28, 3 – 6pm.  Click here for guidelines

Upcoming Events at the Joyful Jewel


Sun. Mar. 18, 1 – 3pm, Joyful Jewel Poets are coming again.  Sponsored by the Friday Noon Poets, ChathamArts and Circle City Books.   Two poets will be featured.  This month they are the always-entertaining Doug Stuber and Margaret Bockting.    Open Mic follows.  All are invited to share.


Sign up for Beth Bale’s Introductory Water color class:

Subject: Basic beginner watercolor techniques single-day class, May 20

I am offering a single-day, 3-hour class in basic watercolor techniques.

Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, May 20, Time: 4 pm until 7 p

Cost: $30/paints, brushes, paper and palettes included

Contact: Call The Joyful Jewel to get registered/paid.  The number is (919) 883-2775, Mariah’s (owner) email is and you may see their website at

This class in intended to 1) offer beginner painters a chance to see if they like watercolor without making a big commitment, and 2) allow anyone a chance to learn some basic techniques prior to joining the upcoming series of classes, so you would feel more up-to-speed with the other painters, some of whom have taken other classes.  Or you may just want to brush up on your skills.

Happy painting, Beth Bale


Live music with Marie Vanderbeck “From Dylan to Willie” April 1st on Pittsboro First Sunday,1 – 2:30pm at the Joyful Jewel!


Vision & Voice

 Saturday, April 28, 3 – 6pm.

This is our 8th annual event featuring poetry inspired by art.  Writer and artist present their works together.  The event, hosted by Maggie Zwilling.


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:

Here is the latest newsletter:


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