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"We Bring Art to Life
and Life to Art!"

About US

Community Outreach

In business for 26 years as a 501 c3 non-profit,  the co-op maintains a community outreach component; “Bringing art to life, and life to art.” 
We are an incubator with strong outreach programs to the community, and have for many years offered clay art classes for Special needs adults.  Now we offer classes to adults and school age children as well as offering exhibiting opportunities to high school students.

CAG is the largest, constant physical art gallery in Carteret County and ​most likely the first “ art museum”  experience very young members of our community have ever seen. Local artists collaborate improving their own art while learning about the art business.
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Gallery Hours

We are located at 1702 Arendell Street in Morehead City,
within the Arts Council of Carteret County's new Arts Center.
Tuesday through Saturday
11AM to 5PM

Current & Upcoming Gallery Shows

  • Beaches, Shores, and Scapes
    Beaches, Shores, and Scapes
    Sat, Jun 15
    Jun 15, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jul 27, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Jun 15, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jul 27, 2024, 5:00 PM
    A new show coming up at the Carolina Artist Gallery!
  • What's in a Box? Summer Youth Art Camp
    What's in a Box? Summer Youth Art Camp
    Mon, Jun 17
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Imagine making and filling your own box. Could it be a box of leprechaun magic?
  • Kids Drawing Camp
    Kids Drawing Camp
    Mon, Jun 17
    Jun 17, 2024, 2:00 PM – Jun 21, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Jun 17, 2024, 2:00 PM – Jun 21, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Learn how to Draw!
  • Kids Drawing Camp 2nd Session
    Kids Drawing Camp 2nd Session
    Mon, Jun 24
    Jun 24, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Jun 24, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Learn how to Draw!
  • Starving Artist Market Du Flea!
    Starving Artist Market Du Flea!
    Sat, Jun 29
    Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    A combination of street fair, flea market and sidewalk sale
  • Horsing Around Summer Art Camp
    Horsing Around Summer Art Camp
    Mon, Jul 15
    Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 5:30 PM
    Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 5:30 PM
    What's it like for horses to live on the island of Shackleford Banks? Kids will BE a horse and find out!
  • Inspiration Galore Collage Art Camp
    Inspiration Galore Collage Art Camp
    Mon, Jul 22
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 1:00 PM
    This is Art Camp! Let's mess around and have fun!
  • Inspiration Galore Collage Art Camp PM Session
    Inspiration Galore Collage Art Camp PM Session
    Mon, Jul 22
    Jul 22, 2024, 1:30 PM – Jul 26, 2024, 5:30 PM
    Jul 22, 2024, 1:30 PM – Jul 26, 2024, 5:30 PM
    This is Art Camp! Let's mess around and have fun!
  • What's in a Box? Summer Youth Art Camp  2nd Session
    What's in a Box? Summer Youth Art Camp  2nd Session
    Mon, Jul 29
    Jul 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 02, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Jul 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 02, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Imagine making and filling your own box. Could it be a box of leprechaun magic?
  • Kids Illustration Camp
    Kids Illustration Camp
    Mon, Jul 29
    Jul 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – Aug 02, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Jul 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – Aug 02, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Have fun drawing everything from squishmallows to anime!
  • Exploring Perspective Drawing in Watercolor Painting
    Exploring Perspective Drawing in Watercolor Painting
    Mon, Aug 05
    Aug 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – Aug 06, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Aug 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – Aug 06, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Find a vanishing point. Create perspective drawings for water color painting
  • Introduction to Portrait Painting with Irene Bailey
    Introduction to Portrait Painting with Irene Bailey
    Fri, Sep 06
    Sep 06, 2024, 9:30 AM – Sep 07, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Sep 06, 2024, 9:30 AM – Sep 07, 2024, 4:00 PM
    A focus on the basic principles of portrait painting using a live model.

Our history

In 1999, a group of five women who met in a watercolor class began to meet regularly to paint.  They dreamed of having a place where artists could meet, show their work, hold classes and promote the arts in this coastal community.  

       Pooling their talents and money, they rented space in Morehead City and the dream became a reality.  In 2019 the gallery relocated to  814 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC and in 2022 we acted on a new opportunity to grow by merging with the Arts Council of Carteret County. We are now located in a new gallery within the Arts Council Art Center at 1702 Arendell St.

      Today, the co-op continues to nurture emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to show and sell their work in our professional gallery space. The Gallery enjoys a steady stream of visitors.  Vacationers and local residents purchase art and gifts.  Nonmember artists frequently stop in for inspiration.  ​

Our Artists

As a co-op, Carolina Artist  Gallery welcomes local established and emerging artists to apply for membership. 

Applicants are juried into membership at our monthly meeting.  Members are required to staff the gallery at least once a month, as well as take an active role in the Gallery’s promotional and organizational activities including receptions, hangings, publicity, etc..  We have no owners! We are a collaborative group depending on each other to keep the gallery going. Everyone does their share.

Our strength as a gallery is in offering a diversity of artistic styles, media and techniques. ​We do accept a limited number of consignment members. 

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