Upcoming Events

 Shop Local: 100% of Joyful Jewel artists are from Chatham and the surrounding counties

Spring Soul Speak Sun. April 23, 5 – 7pm

Join us for drumming, chanting and a sweet deep spiritual experience let by Sharon Blessum, Sheila Flemming, and Amy & Scott Durso.

Ralph Earle is a long-time Chatham County resident whose poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, The Sun, StorySouth, and many other periodicals and anthologies. His collection, The Way the Rain Works, won the 2015 Sable Books Chapbook Award. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from UNC-CH, and has taught poetry writing there as well as at CCCC and the Arts Center of Carrboro. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

Garth Robertson has been making music and using sound as a modality for self healing for over 20 years. Throughout his journey, he has received the message that sound can be used for physical, mental & spiritual healing. “Song can do more than excite the nervous system with danceable energy or revisit a cherished memory; it can be used to help move energy through the body and alleviate stagnation and blockage.  I’m open to expanding even further into the whole with this work, offering the opportunity for people to heal themselves with this practice.”

Sharon Blessum grew up under the prairie skies of North Dakota. That luminous canopy of day and play of Northern Lights at night fed her ethereal nature. She is a teacher, pastor, poet, photographer, psychotherapist, healing practitioner, artist. Sharon is constantly inspired by word and image; merging the two is one of her sacramental acts. She thinks in poetry and sees the world through a kaleidoscope of beauty, hence her writing and photography.  Sharon’s rich portfolio of creative work is displayed at the Joyful Jewel in downtown Pittsboro, NC.



Vision & Voice, Sun. April 30, 3 – 6pm

This is it folks and you won’t want to miss it.  It is time for writers who have been inspired by art and the artist to present their work together!  This is a heart-opening vibrant event expressing the beauty of  several art forms at one time.


CORA Food Bank Empty Bowls Silent Auction items are on display during the month at the Joyful Jewel until their fundraising meal on April 30


Watercolor Class

for Beginners & Intermediate Students

Beginning June 11 at the Joyful Jewel

Beth Bale, watercolor artist, will be teaching a series of 6 watercolor painting classes at The Joyful Jewel in Pittsboro during the months of June, July and August.  Classes are appropriate for beginner and early-intermediate watercolor painters.  The classes are twice a month for 2 hours on Sunday afternoon, 2 until 4 pm.  Dates are June 11 & 25, July 9 & 30, and August 13 & 27.

Beth is a member of Chatham Artists Guild, Watercolor Society of NC and Sanford Brush and Palette Club.  She has won awards from WSNC and Sanford Brush and Palette Club for her watercolor paintings of nature and animals in a colorful and loose style, with focus on light and shadow.  Beth will teach students to paint with freedom and fun, with a no-pressure style that helps students find their own styles and preferences.  See her work at The Joyful Jewel, on her website atwww.bethbale.com, on Facebook at Beth Bale Fine Art or on Instagram at Beth Bale Fine Art.  Contact her at bethbale@windstream.net with any questions.

Students need to sign up for the entire series of 6 classes, at a cost of $120, to be paid at The Joyful Jewel.  If students need to have supplies provided, this can be arranged for a fee of $5 per class.  A materials list will be provided for those wanting to purchase their own supplies.  Each class will focus on how to paint a different subject, but students may choose to veer off this subject to work on their preferred subject if they desire, with Beth providing suggestions and showing demonstrations on each subject.  Classes are small with lots of time for one-to-one mentoring as students need help or feel stuck on an area of their painting.

A recent student commented, “You are lots of fun, I love your teaching style and wow,  what an artist!”

Sign Up Today at the Joyful Jewel

Please pay when signing up The Joyful Jewel, P O Box 1483, Pittsboro, NC 27312, located at 44-A Hillsboro St.

(919) 883-2775,  email: mariah.joyfuljewel@gmail.com