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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May  June Events at the Joyful Jewel

Featured Art for the month:  “Birds in the Bees” by Nancy L. Smith




May 1 is a First Sunday in Pittsboro and at the Joyful Jewel Nancy Smith will be having an Opening Art Reception for “Birds in the Bees” small works of art in beeswax from 1 – 3pm and from 4 – 5pm, Frank Pettinelli will be reading from his books “The Sun Rises” and Mischelling.”

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Nancy L. Smith Art Reception, “Birds in the Bees,” beeswax painting
and acrylic works, Sunday May 1, 1 – 3pm at the Joyful Jewel.
Featured artist Nancy L. Smith shares delightful new bees wax collage miniature paintings featuring common birds of North Carolina. Her selections of color and texture are as wonderful to see as our backyard birds’ return each spring.


Frank Pettinelli book reading “A Far Away Sun” at the Joyful Jewel, Sunday May 1, 4 – 5pm.  This novel  traces the legacy of a tough immigrant family that fled the Abruzzi coast of Italy for a better life in America.  The family, which started in poverty, now drifts amid the tides of American affluence.  A shattered priesthood, a brutal murder and a bizarre suicide haunt them, as ultimately they find that apparent success brings its own demons to American shores.

On Friday, May 20, 7 – 9pm, we are having our second Story Telling Festival,Story Telling Festival at the Joyful Jewel with Wayne Poole, Gaines Steer, Suz Robinson and duo Roger Manus and Beverly Miller.  Stories include You Know You Want To a tale of courtship; Eno River Stories & Songs; “Trustories that are stranger than fiction!; and a fable of The Blind Men and the Elephant” and another touching personal story, Teddy Bears’ Unconditional Love.  Stories are suitable for all ages, but geared more to adults. The Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St. in downtown Pittsboro,, (919) 883-2775. Free though donations are requested, and open to all.

Story Telling May 2016

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.

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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