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. Shop for paintings online, or you may 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.

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. Studio 140 at The Village of Banner Elk features large mountain landscapes and pop art portraits. Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s features paintings of horses and female figures. Banner Elk Winery features large wildlife paintings including an elk over their fireplace. 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 features paintings of horses running and mountain landscape paintings.
Studio 140 at Sorrento's Art Gallery paintings on the walls. The artwork is for sale.
Studio 140 at Sorrento’s Art Gallery
Artist Kent Paulette with his large bear painting that hangs at GFM.
Artist Kent Paulette with GFM Bear painting
Bear painting hanging at GFM
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 by artist K. Paulette of a deer buck with antlers.

Sorrento’s Bistro

The Village of Banner Elk art on the walls. Visitors can shop for paintings by artist Kent Paulette.
The Village of Banner Elk art on the walls
Shopping Banner Elk, NC art
Shopping in Banner Elk, NC for art
Sorrento's patio in Banner Elk with artwork for sale on the walls.
Patio at Sorrento’s Bistro with artwork for sale
Sorrento's Bistro patio entrance in Banner Elk with art prints on the walls next to tables.
Patio at Sorrento’s Bistro with art prints on the walls
Patio in Banner Elk at the restaurant Sorrento's. Diners are eating outside by the paintings.
Patio at Sorrento’s Bistro with diners
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.
Artwork on the walls in the Sorrento’s Wine Room
Paintings at Sorrento's dining room at The Village of Banner Elk.
Paintings at Sorrento’s dining room
Dining in Banner Elk, NC with art on the walls that is for sale.
Art for sale in dining room
Shop artwork in downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina.
Artwork in the Sorrento’s Wine Room

Banner Elk Winery

Banner Elk Winery wine awards with bottles and large painting of mountains.
Banner Elk Winery wine awards with bottles and paintings
Banner Elk Winery smiling guest drinking wine with artwork in the background. Elk painting over fireplace.
Banner Elk Winery smiling guest drinking wine
Banner Elk Winery entrance art. Large painting near front door.
Banner Elk Winery entrance
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 live painting

Prime 21 Steakhouse

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.
Artist with Prime 21 painting
Prime 21 Banner Elk artwork of James Bond portrait of Sean Connery with artist Kent Paulette standing next to the painting.
Artist with James Bond portrait of Sean Connery that hangs at Prime 21

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.

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.
Stampede of horses painting and black bear painting at Kent Paulette Art Gallery Banner Elk NC.
 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.
Live painting in Banner Elk during sunset of a Mountain Landscape 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.
Barra fire pit and Sorrento’s outdoor patio at night with artist painting live
Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly with artist Kent Paulette at Chef's Table.
Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly with K. Paulette at Chef’s Table.
Mayor Brenda Lyerly in her Banner Elk office with artist Kent Paulette and his painting.
Mayor Brenda Lyerly in her Banner Elk office with artist Kent Paulette

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 Art Gallery Figure Paintings
Kids watching artist Kent Paulette paint live at Sorrento's Italian Restaurant.
Kids watching Kent Paulette paint live
Live painting Banner Elk, NC
A young woman standing on a table over four large paintings of Native Americans.
Native American paintings
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
Horses at Banner Elk Art Gallery
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.
Live painting at Woolly Worm Festival
The Winery Elk
Painting Bears
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.
Avery County Wine & Beer Festival live painting
Figures at Kent Paulette Art Gallery
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.
Sorrento’s Patio Banner Elk artist painting live
Night painting Banner Elk
Painting inside Sorrento’s
Live painting inside Sorrento’s
Bear painting hanging in customer’s home
Kent Paulette snow inspiration
Body painting in Banner Elk
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 painting live
Body painting at studio

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 and horses are also particularity popular. His portrait of Frank Sinatra has been a favorite at Sorrentos Italian restaurant.

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!

Kettell Beerworks features landscape paintings and a blue bear portrait with thick palette knife texture by artist Kent Paulette. 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.

Video of Banner Elk Art Gallery

Tar Heel Traveler on WRAL filmed this video at Kent Paulette Art Gallery in Banner Elk, NC. It features interviews and live painting.

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