Banner Elk, NC Art Gallery

Kent Paulette Art Gallery in Banner Elk, NC features paintings of Frank Sinatra, James Bond, and Taylor Swift. Three colorful paintings hanging on a white wall.
Art Gallery in Banner Elk, North Carolina

Kent Paulette Art Gallery

Kent Paulette Art Gallery is located in Banner Elk, NC. You may shop for paintings online in various sizes and browse by different types of subject matter.

Contact Kent Paulette to purchase with free local delivery. He’s happy to answer any questions you may have, such as questions about custom sizes or discounted prices. He can send you photos and prices for his newest paintings that aren’t available in person or online yet.

See his large bear painting in person at the GFM Nature Museum.

Artist Kent Paulette with his large bear painting that hangs at GFM.
Artist Kent Paulette with GFM Bear painting
Bear painting hanging at the GFM Nature Museum

Before purchasing from Kent Paulette, you may view some paintings in person at various exhibit spaces in downtown Banner Elk. Sorrento’s Italian Bistro features bear paintings. Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s features mountain landscapes. Studio 140 at The Village of Banner Elk features paintings of horses. Banner Elk Winery features wildlife paintings. Prime 21 features paintings of people, and Barra Sports Bar features paintings of musicians by artist K. Paulette.

Studio 140 at Sorrento's Art Gallery entrance with paintings for sale on the walls by artist Kent Paulette.
Studio 140 at Sorrento’s Art Gallery entrance
Chef's Table at Sorrento's in Banner Elk, NC features At the Speed of Love painting of horses running and Appalachia Rising mountain landscape painting. Fine Dining Restaurant with grey walls and couches. Flowers in vase and tables set.
Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s
Studio 140 at Sorrento's Art Gallery paintings on the walls. The artwork is for sale.
Sorrento’s
Live painting at Sorrento's Italian Bistro's outdoor patio in downtown Banner Elk, NC by artist K. Paulette. On his easel is 'Collisions of the Heart' painting of a deer buck with antlers. Diners at this fine dining restaurant are eating and watching Kent Paulette paint. A tree hangs over the easel. There are red umbrellas over the tables. Artist is wearing jeans and a white shirt. He has long hair.
Live painting at Sorrento’s outdoor patio

Customer Photos

Art in a home in Banner Elk, NC at Eagles Nest. This photo shows interior design in a bedroom with a bear painting hanging over the bed.
Customer photo of bedroom at Eagles Nest
Eagles Nest Banner Elk NC artwork in a home with a view of the mountains from the great room.
Eagles Nest great room
Banner Elk, NC art in a home at Eagles Nest. This horse painting is by Kent Paulette. This photo showcases interior design.
Eagles Nest home
Mountain home in Banner Elk, NC with painting hanging over the fireplace
Mountain home
Large elk painting over the fireplace in a mountain home in Banner Elk, NC by Kent Paulette Art Gallery.
Banner Elk home

Artist

Kent Paulette standing in front of a mountain painting. The artist is smiling and the painting is large.
Kent Paulette with painting

Sorrento’s

When visiting Sorrento’s Italian Bistro, feel free to walk around and look at the art even if you’re not dining there. In addition to a bistro, it’s also an art gallery so people often come just to see the artwork. You can view paintings there in person and then purchase online with free local delivery to your home. There are paintings located near the entrance, in the main dining room, in the Wine Room, and also outside on the back patio. Sorrento’s is located at 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC.

The Village of Banner Elk art on the walls. Visitors can shop for paintings by artist Kent Paulette.
Sorrento’s at The Village of Banner Elk
Shopping Banner Elk, NC art
Sorrento's patio in Banner Elk with artwork for sale on the walls.
Art at patio
Sorrento's Bistro patio entrance in Banner Elk with art prints on the walls next to tables.
back patio
Patio in Banner Elk at the restaurant Sorrento's. Diners are eating outside by the paintings.
Studio 140 at Sorrento's Art Gallery shopping in Banner Elk, NC. Painting for sale on wall.
Studio 140 at Sorrento’s Art Gallery
Sorrento's artwork on the walls. This bistro is Banner Elk.
Wine Room
Paintings hanging in the Sorrento's dining room at The Village of Banner Elk
Dining in Banner Elk, NC with art on the walls that is for sale.
Shop artwork in downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina.
shop painting in the NC High Country
Restaurant in Banner Elk NC. Dining with art on the walls.

Chef’s Table

Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s is located upstairs above Sorrento’s Bistro at 140 Azalea Circle in Banner Elk, NC. It’s also an art gallery so feel free to walk around and look at the art even if you’re not dining there. You can view paintings there in person and then purchase online with free local delivery to your home.

Chef's Table at Sorrento's in Banner Elk. This is the entrance sign with art by K. Paulette.
Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s entrance
Shane Chalke playing trumpet during BE Jazz Night at Chef's Table in Banner Elk. Painting of horses running behind the trumpeter.
Jazz night at Chef’s Table
Chef's Table artwork
Artist Kent Paulette standing with tall horse painting

Banner Elk Winery

Banner Elk Winery is located at 135 Deer Run Ln, Banner Elk, NC.

Banner Elk Winery wine awards with bottles and large painting of mountains.
Banner Elk Winery wine awards with bottles
Banner Elk Winery tasting room smiling guest drinking wine with artwork in the background. Elk painting over fireplace.
Tasting Room
Banner Elk Winery live painting. Artist Kent Paulette is working on a bear painting outside on the grass by the fire pit. The Banner Elk Villa is in the background. People are drinking wine and watching the artist paint. The artist is wearing jeans and a white shirt. He has long hair.
Banner Elk Winery art on walls for sale
Banner Elk Winery tasting room with guesting drinking wine.  Paintings on the wall in the background.
Cards from Kent Paulette art gallery in Banner Elk, NC.
Cards from Kent Paulette Art Gallery

Prime 21

Prime 21 is located next door to Sorrento’s Bistro at 140 Azalea Circle in Banner Elk, NC.

Prime 21 steakhouse restaurant art in Banner Elk, NC. Photo taken by Cynthia Viola Photography
Prime 21 Steakhouse – Photo by Cynthia Viola Photography
Print 21 steakhouse artist Kent Paulette.
Prime 21 Banner Elk artwork of James Bond portrait of Sean Connery with artist Kent Paulette standing next to the painting.

Studio 140

Studio 140 is now located in the entrance room at Sorrento’s at The Village of Banner Elk. The building in these photos below has been remodeled and is now Prime 21.

Eric Church country music star at Studio 140 Banner Elk. He purchased 4 of Kent Paulette's paintings for his mountain home.
Eric Church country music star at Studio 140. He purchased four of Kent Paulette’s paintings for his mountain home.
Kent Paulette Art Gallery in Banner Elk, NC. The artist K. Paulette is smiling and standing in front of his painting 'The Wild Tribe' of a stampede of horses. On his other side is his black bear painting 'Quantum Entanglement'. The walls are white. The artist wears jeans and a white shirt. He has long hair.
Kent Paulette Art Gallery Banner Elk
Horses at Banner Elk Art Gallery
Horses at Banner Elk Art Gallery
Figures at Kent Paulette Art Gallery
Banner Elk Art Gallery Figure Paintings
Art Gallery wall
Body painting
Customer photo looking in the window of the art gallery.
A young woman standing on a table over four large paintings of Native Americans.

Kettell Beerworks

Kettell Beerworks also has paintings and fine art prints for sale. It’s located at 567 Main St E, Banner Elk, NC.

Kettell Beerworks art. This bear painting hangs in the tasting room.
Kettell Beerworks

Art in Homes

Photos of Kent Paulette’s paintings hanging in customers’ homes.

Eagles Nest

Great room in Banner Elk, NC Eagles Nest mountain home with art painting hanging on the wall.
Great Room in Banner Elk, NC
Banner Elk home with artwork painting at Eagles Nest. This home is in NC and the photo shows the dining room.
Artwork in customer’s dining room
Eagles Nest home with artwork painting on the wall in Banner Elk, NC
Art in customers' mountain home in Banner Elk, NC at Eagles Nest. The painting of a Indian hangs next to the fireplace.
Banner Elk, NC home with bear painting hanging over the bed by artist Kent Paulette.
Bear painting hanging over bed
Interior design home bar with fox painting wall art.
Customer’s home bar
Wall art in a home in the NC High Country with animal paintings on the wall.
Art collectors home at Eagles Nest in Banner Elk with paintings on the wall.
Art in a home at Eagles Nest in Banner Elk
Snowboarding art hanging in a mountain home

Linville Ridge

Interior design in a Banner Elk home with artwork over the fireplace. The home is at Linville Ridge and the designer is Kathleen McNamara
Linville Ridge home
Art hanging in a home
Architect Kathleen McNamara interior designer created this house with art hanging.  It's located at Linville Ridge in Banner Elk, NC.
Home designed by Architect Kathleen McNamara
Interior design in Banner Elk, NC.  This art painting is hanging in a home designed by Kathleen McNamara.
Painting hanging in home
Kathleen McNamara interior designer home with artwork.
Interior designer Kathleen McNamara
Linville Ridge fireworks with an artist painting live in Banner Elk, NC.
Linville Ridge fireworks
Linville Ridge artist painting live. Kent Paulette is working on a painting of bears at the country club which also has golf. It is located in Banner Elk, NC in the mountains. A young woman is watching the artist paint.
Linville Ridge artist

Banner Elk Customer Photos

Art in client's home over the fireplace
Art in client’s home
Blue bear painting hanging over fireplace in a mountain home in Banner Elk, NC. This is colorful art.
Blue bear painting over fireplace
Elk River Club mountain home with art painting over fireplace in North Carolina.
Elk River Club mountain home with art
Mountain home with a stone fireplace and a bear painting hanging over the mantel.
Mountain home with bear painting hanging over fireplace
Customers' home in Bristol, VA with a horse painting hanging on the wall.
Bristol, VA home with artwork
Home in Banner Elk, NC with deer painting hanging on the wall.
Deer painting in home in Banner Elk, NC
Painting hanging above couch at Sugar Mountain, NC home
Painting above couch at Sugar Mountain
Sugar Mountain home with a view and artwork hanging on the wall in North Carolina.
Sugar Mountain, NC home with view and artwork
Sugar Mountain, NC home with artwork painting on the wall.
Stone fireplace with artwork of a wolf painting hanging in this mountain home.
Large painting hanging in customer's home
Game room with music wall art.
Game room with music wall art
Bear painting hanging in customer's mountain home
Bear painting hanging in customer’s home
Happy customer's family with pet portrait dog painting.
Happy customer’s family with pet portrait

Delivered to NC Homes

Photos of Kent Paulette’s paintings that were delivered to customers’ homes throughout North Carolina.

Winston Salem home with a horse painting that was shipped from our Banner Elk Art Gallery
Winston Salem home with painting delivered from Banner Elk art gallery
Artwork in a home in the foyer. The home is located in Winston Salem and the art was shipped from our Banner Elk gallery.
Artwork in home in Winston Salem
Painting purchased from Banner Elk and shipped to a Chapel Hill home.
Chapel Hill home
Charlotte, NC home with art. On the wall is a Taylor Swift portrait that was shipped from our Banner Elk, NC gallery.
Charlotte, NC home with art

Shipped Out of State

Photos of Kent Paulette’s paintings that were shipped to customers’ homes in other states.

Office artwork at a law firm reception lobby in Louisville, KY. The paintings on the wall were shipped to Louisville.
Louisville, KY law firm office with artwork in the lobby
Customer's dog with lion painting hanging in Florida home. The artwork was shipped from our North Carolina art gallery..
Florida home
Florida home with artwork. The painting was shipped from our Banner Elk Gallery.
Florida home
Colorado home with artwork. The painting was shipped from our NC gallery.
Colorado home with artwork shipped from NC gallery
Shipped art to Colorado home
Colorado home

Live Painting

Live Painting by artist Kent Paulette in downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina. Prior to 2020, in the summer and warmer months, he set up his easel and painted outside in front of diners at the Sorrento’s outdoor patio. He discussed his work with onlookers and took them on tours of Kent Paulette Art Gallery’s exhibit spaces in downtown Banner Elk, NC. He often gave little impromptu art lessons to kids who were watching him paint. At night, he set up his easel and painted by firelight near Barra’s outdoor fire pits. In the winter and colder months, he set up his easel inside of Sorrento’s Banner Elk Italian restaurant in their reception area. Paulette now paints exclusively at his home studio surrounded by nature and beautiful mountain views.

Live painting in Banner Elk during a beautiful sunset.  Artist Kent Paulette is working on a Mountain Landscape painting outside at Sorrento's Italian Bistro.
Barra fire pit and Sorrento's outdoor patio at night with artist painting live in downtown Banner Elk, NC.  Three young adults sit around the fire.  On the artist's easel is a painting of tango dancers.
Kids in Banner Elk watching an artist painting outside. This photo was taken downtown in North Carolina.
Downtown Banner Elk, NC art. A kid is watching live painting by an artist.
Kids watching artist Kent Paulette paint live at Sorrento's Italian Restaurant.
Live painting
Live painting at Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. Artist K Paulette is painting a woman dancing in a blue dress with wild hair flying around.
Night painting
Avery Country Wine and Beer Festival. Art at Sorrento's Banner Elk.
Avery County Wine & Beer Festival 2018. Artist Kent Paulette painting live at Banner Elk Art Gallery during the festival. It is a sunny day. He is painting a rooster on his easel which is in the shade under a tree. He is surrounded by people listening to music and watching him paint at the festival in downtown Banner Elk, NC. The sky is blue and there are flowers around the easel. K. Paulette is smiling and wearing jeans and a teal shirt. He has long hair. Sorrento's Bistro is in the background.

During Shane Chalke’s BE Jazz Night at Chef’s Table, Paulette set up his easel next to the jazz band and painted music and dance related subjects. He loved painting to live music. It got him to start dancing and that gave the style of the painting more movement. He painted live at the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Paulette painted live at Linville Ridge during their event featuring local art galleries. He has painted at Elk River Club during their charity auction and golf events. He painted at Linville Falls Mountain Club during their opening event featuring Bob Timberlake. He painted during Avery County Wine & Beer Festival next to the live band. He painted the large winery bear and many others at Banner Elk Winery inside their tasting room and outside by their fire pit next to the live musician.

Banner Elk artwork with young customer at bar.
Fashion & art
Chef Nicole Palazzo painting with artist.  They are painting the face of Heath Ledger as The Joker.
Chef Nicole Palazzo painting with artist
Sorrento's outdoor Patio in downtown Banner Elk, NC. Artist Kent Paulette is painting live next to the diners outside on a summer day. On his easel, he is working on a mountain landscape painting.
Painting inside Sorrento's
Kent Paulette snow inspiration

There are a large number of people collecting Kent Paulette’s work in the North Carolina High Country. His large bear paintings hang over many fireplaces in homes throughout the region. His paintings of mountain landscapes, elk, and horses are also particularity popular.

Nature plays an important role in Paulette’s artwork even when he painted in the “big city” of Banner Elk. He brought creek water with him from home to add to the paint when he stained the canvas on the first layers. When it snowed, he stuck his face in the snow before he painted just like he does in the creek when he’s painting at his home studio. When he came to town, he slept in an apartment above the Banner Elk Art Gallery. He sometimes woke up and before getting dressed, went outside to lay down in the cold snow. It woke up his spirit and got him ready for a day of making art!

He has also exhibited in the past at The Great Train Robbery, Banner Elk Olive Oil & Balsamics, and Flat Top Mountain Brewery in Banner Elk, NC. Paulette donated prints for the 2021 Runs for Buns Virtual Auction at Beech Mountain.

Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly with artist Kent Paulette at Chef's Table.
Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly with K. Paulette
Elaine J. Wold gave this painting to Mayor Brenda Lyerly.  This photo was taken in the mayor's Banner Elk office with artist Kent Paulette and his painting.
Elaine J. Wold purchased this painting for Mayor Brenda Lyerly to hang in her Banner Elk office

Video of Banner Elk Art Gallery

Tar Heel Traveler on WRAL (the NBC TV station in Raleigh) filmed this video at Kent Paulette Art Gallery in Banner Elk, NC. It features interviews and live painting.

Kent Paulette’s Taylor Swift painting is featured in the book Tar Heel Traveler’s Good Eats!. There are also several paragraphs about Paulette and his artwork. Here’s a taste:

“Frank Sinatra stares at me, another mural-sized painting rich in detail, but the detail appears curiously patchwork. It’s not art as smooth brushstrokes, but rather Frank’s image seems formed from a collage, which makes the piece particularly interesting. Sinatra’s blue eyes hold my gaze. Neither of us blink. “I experiment with each one,” Kent says while at work on another piece. He scrapes the canvas in front of him with what looks like small spatula. Scrape! Then he forms zig-zaggy lines with quick aggressive strokes. I wonder how he can be so cavalier with his work — but it works. I witness this latest creation come together; patterns emerge from the colorful abstract.” — from the book Tar Heel Traveler’s Good Eats! by Scott Mason

Tar Hill Traveler's Good Eats book by Scott Mason featuring Sorrento's Bistro artwork on the walls.
Tar Heel Traveler’s Good Eats!

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Visit Kent Paulette Art Gallery located in Banner Elk, NC featuring exhibit spaces throughout the downtown area.

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