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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

  • Holiday Bazaar at the Carolina Artist Gallery
    Holiday Bazaar at the Carolina Artist Gallery
    Thu, Dec 07
    Dec 07, 2023, 11:00 AM – Dec 23, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Dec 07, 2023, 11:00 AM – Dec 23, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Just in time for Christmas shopping the Gallery will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar featuring small gifts that are hand made by local artisans
  • Ethnic Visions Show
    Ethnic Visions Show
    Sat, Jan 20
    Jan 20, 2024, 11:00 AM – Mar 02, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Jan 20, 2024, 11:00 AM – Mar 02, 2024, 5:00 PM
    What is your ethnic vision? Come see a showcase of the diverse talent of local artists

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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