The Joyful Jewel

 local art fresh from the heart
44-A Hillsboro St. in downtown Pittsboro, NC
(919) 883-2775

TEMPORARY Measures due to coronavirus.

         I have agonized over this decision knowing that it affects each of our artists and their individual businesses in a direct way as well as the Joyful Jewel.  We were open our regular hours this past Sun., Mon. & Tues. and there were no sales — people are heeding the orders to stay home, and now that the restaurants are closed too, even more folks will stay away. 
I have decided to work at the Joyful Jewel only on Wednesdays and Saturdays 11- 4, only being open for deliveries (from you) and pickups (from patrons), not for browsing.  All must sanitize on coming in, and all new work that is brought in must be sanitized too.  If you don’t have your own supplies to do this at home, we have spray and wipes here.  Please let me know by email if you plan to come in, as my hours may not be full.
I’ll be taking photos and putting together a digital catalog (including prices) with an email newsletter going out on Wednesdays and Saturdays, inviting patrons to purchase over the phone on one of those days, and then to pick up their packaged and ready to go pieces on one of those days.  Purchases can also be mailed. Of course it won’t be as good as browsing in person and the inventory pictured will be limited. I’ll post the catalog here.  It will be a much better way to purchase things that looking at this webiste, because all items are currently available – items currently in the shoppe, so it’s a reliable way to purchase.  This is what I feel safe doing just now.
Thank you for understanding, for all the support you give, and for all you are doing to stay safe, healthy and vibrant yourselves in this uncertain time.  As soon as is prudent and advised by the governor we will re-open regular hours. 
Peace, Mariah

In the meantime, you can order from our online catalog that comes out twice a week.  Order by email ( or phone (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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See pictures from April 28, 2019 Vision & Voice 

Here is your invitation to submit your writing for this year’s Vision & Voice, our 10th Annual.  Submissions are due Mar. 31, and event is April 19.

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

 Upcoming Events at the Joyful Jewel

Classes & Events listed on this page in date order (See details by clicking Classes) or Concerts & Events:   Note:  Our House Concerts, are  Saturdays 7 – 9pm in the Mermaid Lounge- doors open at  6:30: Tickets, $10,  are available at:     Brown Paper Ticket Sales

Barbara Steinacker, Pastel paintings are featured through the month of March.

Angela Tommaso Hellman’s paintings are featured in the month of April.

Cancelled Joyful Jewel’s Classes and 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 February through June + additional events and added details are at: Concerts & 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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