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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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In Memory of freda kyle

The family has asked that any donations in honour of Freda Kyle be made to the Arts Council of Carteret County for support of the Carolina Artist Gallery

Obituary for Freda Soulis Kyle

Freda Soulis Kyle, 94, a resident of Mission, Kansas passed away peacefully on June 20th, 2024 at home with family by her side. Born in 1930 in northeast Kansas City, to Denis Soulis, a Greek immigrant who came to the country with $1.50 in his pocket and a dream, and Cecilia Haney whose family moved to Kansas City from the south. Her mother died when Freda was 16, leaving behind eight children. She and her siblings helped raise the youngest children after their mother's death.

Despite the challenges at home, she became an x-ray technician at Trinity Hospital. But her true love was art. In the 1960s she helped form an art league in Elmira, NY. A decade later, she and others established a community art center in Goldsboro, NC, fostering creativity in others. Carrying the same vibrant spirit forward, she established a gallery in Westport during the 1980s. In the 1990s, she was active in the Harrisonville Art League and after returning to the coast of North Carolina, she co-founded a cooperative gallery in Morehead City, still operating today.

While watercolor landscapes of marshes and the rural countryside remained her artistic staples, she also captured idyllic scenes from her father's native Greece, a place she and many of her extended family members cherished through visits as adults. The family continues to have a relationship with their extended family in Greece.

A mother of four, she instilled a love of art in her children, fostering their creativity and adventurousness from a young age. This passion extended beyond the home, as she generously enriched the lives of family, friends, and every community she touched through teaching and sharing her own paintings. The joy of "opa" infused her interactions with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Sewing projects, fig canning sessions, Christmas cookie baking marathons, coastal seafood dinners on the screened porch, and backyard seagull feeding frenzies—every shared activity became a testament to her infectious spirit.


Freda was predeceased by her husband, Frank "Kenneth" Kyle, and four brothers, Connie Soulis, Tony Soulis, Jim Soulis, and Sam Soulis. She leaves behind a legacy of love in her sisters, Annie DeMarea and Marie Soulis, her brother John Soulis, her four children, Vicki Zasadny, Ted Kyle, Kathy Kyle, and John Kyle, along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on July 9 at 11 at Southminster Presbyterian Church.

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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  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!
  • Home and Away
    Home and Away
    Sat, Aug 03
    Aug 03, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 14, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Aug 03, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 14, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Coming up in August
  • 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
  • Sketching for Beginners
    Sketching for Beginners
    Mon, Aug 12
    Aug 12, 2024, 2:00 PM – Aug 16, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Aug 12, 2024, 2:00 PM – Aug 16, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Learn how to draw using line, shadow, form, color, and light
  • Epoxy Resin Explorations
    Epoxy Resin Explorations
    Sat, Aug 17
    Aug 17, 2024, 11:00 AM – Aug 18, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Aug 17, 2024, 11:00 AM – Aug 18, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Have fun and enjoy creating epoxy resin art!
  • 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.
  • Introduction to Landscape Painting with Oils
    Introduction to Landscape Painting with Oils
    Sat, Oct 05
    Oct 05, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Oct 05, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
    A 4-week class to introduce you to the fundamentals of landscape painting with oil paints taught by Audrey Cushman

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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