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 in person at various exhibit spaces in downtown Banner Elk. Sorrento’s Italian Bistro features bear paintings and an abstract portrait of Frank Sinatra. 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 and The Winery Elk over their fireplace. Barra Sports Bar features paintings of musicians by artist K. Paulette.

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.
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.

Live Painting

Live Painting by artist Kent Paulette in downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina. In the summer and warmer months, he sets up his easel and paints outside in front of diners at the Sorrento’s outdoor patio. He discusses his work with onlookers and takes them on tours of Kent Paulette Art Gallery’s exhibit spaces in downtown Banner Elk, NC. He often gives little impromptu art lessons to kids who are watching him paint. At night, he sets up his easel and paints by firelight near Barra’s outdoor fire pits. In the winter and colder months he sets up his easel inside of Sorrento’s Banner Elk Italian restaurant in their reception area.

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.
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
 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

During Shane Chalke’s BE Jazz Night at Chef’s Table, Paulette sets up his easel next to the jazz band and paints music and dance related subjects. He loves painting to live music. It gets him to start dancing and that gives the style of the painting more movement. He paints 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 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 paints in the “big city” of Banner Elk. He brings creek water with him from home to add to the paint when he stains the canvas on the first layers. When it snows, he sticks his face in the snow before he paints just like he does in the creek when he’s painting at his home studio. When he comes to town, he sleeps in an apartment above the Banner Elk Art Gallery. He sometimes wakes up and before getting dressed, goes outside to lay down in the cold snow. It wakes up his spirit and gets him ready for a day of making art!

Banner Elk Olive Oil & Balsamics features oil paintings with thick palette knife texture by artist Kent Paulette. Kettell Beerworks features landscape paintings and a blue bear portrait. Paulette has also exhibited in the past at The Great Train Robbery 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.