Kent Paulette Art Gallery
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.
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.
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.
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.
Banner Elk Winery
Banner Elk Winery is located at 135 Deer Run Ln, Banner Elk, NC.
Prime 21 is located next door to Sorrento’s Bistro at 140 Azalea Circle in Banner Elk, NC.
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.
Kettell Beerworks also has paintings and fine art prints for sale. It’s located at 567 Main St E, Banner Elk, NC.
Art in Homes
Photos of Kent Paulette’s paintings hanging in customers’ homes.
Banner Elk Customer Photos
Delivered to NC Homes
Photos of Kent Paulette’s paintings that were delivered to customers’ homes throughout North Carolina.
Shipped Out of State
Photos of Kent Paulette’s paintings that were shipped to customers’ homes in other states.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kent Paulette on Google Maps
Visit Kent Paulette Art Gallery located in Banner Elk, NC featuring exhibit spaces throughout the downtown area.