Art on the Greene

Art on Greene Fine Art Show Banner Elk
Historic Banner Elk School, 185 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Sept. 5-6, 2020

Multiple times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

For 2020, Art on the Greene was originally scheduled to take place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, early August and Labor Day weekend. The festivities usually include food vendors and other entertainment.

[COVID-19 UPDATE: the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, July Fourth weekend and Aug. 1-2 shows are canceled.]

The following safety measures will be in place for the remaining 2020 show, scheduled for Labor Day weekend:

  • Total number of vendors reduced by 50%
  • Space between booths increased to at least 12 feet
  • No picnic tables or places to congregate
  • Vendors limit the number of customers in their booth at one time
  • No food trucks or entertainment this year
  • Signage posted throughout the show asking people to social distance

Art on the Greene takes place in the heart of the walkabout village of Banner Elk, which allows patrons to make a day of it by visiting shops and boutiques in town and selecting from an impressive list of restaurants in the “culinary hot spot of the High Country.”

Craft vendors represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil. Attendees can find everything from hand-crafted furniture to a one-of-a-kind piece of art made in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Proceeds from the shows are used for restoration of the historic school, built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The school is a showplace for the arts in downtown Banner Elk. It is home to the BE (Banner Elk) Artists Gallery, Ensemble Stage professional theater, a community book exchange and more.

“Art on the Greene is geared toward artists who are involved in any medium in the Appalachian tradition of hand crafters,” says show director Kimberly Tufts. “We have metal artists, glass artists, potters, and high-quality jewelry from all types of makers. We have wood workers of all varieties from furniture to home decor wood items, as well as painters in a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic and oil.”

Special lodging packages are available that include two tickets to nearby Grandfather Mountain, one of the top attractions in the NC mountains. For details on lodging packages, click here.