The Joyful Jewel

 local art fresh from the heart
44-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.

See inside the Joyful Jewel

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The Joyful Jewel is at 44-A Hillsboro St. in downtown Pittsboro, NC: Directions

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See pictures from April 28, 2019 Vision & Voice 

Read about Mariah Wheeler’s book: “Art at Last: It’s Never Too Late to Create”

 Upcoming Events at the Joyful Jewel

 Beth Bale’s Watercolor Classes begin in January (enroll now to insure a space):

Beginner Watercolor Painting, 6-class series 
     These classes are for people who want to learn watercolor techniques and become more confident in their use of this amazing artistic medium.  No experience is necessary.   Students will be taught specific watercolor techniques each class and Beth will do demonstrations of these techniques. Students will create a painting each class as she guides the class in the painting for the day.  The classes will focus on animals, landscapes, and more (with input from the students who sign up).  Classes are fun, Beth is an encouraging teacher and you will LOVE watercolor!
     Students will be sent the materials list for the classes so they can have their own supplies or may use Beth’s paints, paper, brushes and palettes for $5/class.  Students using Beth’s 4 basic supplies will still need to bring the other basic items on the materials list.
    Cost: $120 for the series of 6 classes (sorry, but there are no refunds for classes missed)
     Dates: Sundays, January 12 & 26; February 9 & 23; March 8 & 22
    Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Intermediate Watercolor Painting
    These classes are for artists with experience in watercolor painting, who are comfortable with basic watercolor techniques and want to improve their skills and knowledge of watercolor painting.  Beth will challenge students to expand their experiences with watercolor, try new things, create good sketches, paint en plein air, pay attention to issues such as composition, values and perspective as well as using multiple watercolor techniques in each painting.  As always, Beth will demo in each class and guide students in using the techniques discussed to create paintings of their chosen topic/photo.  Students may work on any subjects they wish, but each class will focus on a topic or topics and Beth will guide students wishing to work on this topic, but always provides individual help and guidance throughout class.  Beth is a fun and encouraging teacher, who wants to bring out the most creative part of each student and help them gain confidence in their art.
     Students will be provided with the materials list for the classes so they can come prepared for class and can work on paintings between classes.
     Cost: $120 for the series of 6 classes (sorry, no refunds for missed classes)
     Dates: Sundays, January 12 & 26; February 9 & 23; March 8 & 22
     Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Beginner Watercolor Painting Introductory Class 3-Hour single class
  This single-class event will provide students with the opportunity to try their hand at the basic techniques of watercolor painting, such as wet-into-wet painting, dry brush, mixing colors, and use of various brush types.  Students will paint a small original painting of their own during class. 
     Paints, paper, palettes and brushes will be supplied.  Students will be responsible for other supplies such as a water container, tape and pencil.  (The supply list will be provided to students prior to class.)  This class gives students an idea whether they enjoy the medium of watercolor and perhaps see if they wish to take the upcoming series of beginner classes.  
     Cost: $30
     Date: Saturday, January 11
     Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Students need to register for the class at The Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or call them at (919) 883-2775.  Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early to secure your space in the class.

Stayce Lenza’s Art Critique group:

Betty Lou Chaika’s Animal Stories Tea Time, Sun. Jan. 19, 2 – 4pm

Joyful Jewel’s ongoing

House Concert Series

House Concerts feature a select few of our best loved, mostly local. musicians.  You’ll be able to hear every word and every musical nuance, in an intimate setting with individual tables and rows. Bring your favorite date, and your own beverages.  Read more about these musicians and songwriters on the Events page.  Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, $10 individual seat, and $25 for one 2-person table.

The schedule for January  through June + additional events and added details are at: Concerts & Events.

Here are the January concerts:

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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