Grace Art Gallery

17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Grace Centre Gallery of Mills River NC proudly presents the 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition!

We accept all mediums and all types of visual artists with 2D and 3D work.

Apply and submit artwork online at:

Deadline for entries is October 5, 2019.

Submissions are $15 for the first piece and $10 for the second, max of 2 pieces submitted. All proceeds from application fees will be donated to charity.

Our Opening Reception will be Saturday October 19, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Cash prizes & multiple awards including Best Emerging Artist.

Juror Sondra Dorn, Asheville Studio Artist

For more information contact Molly Angel at

Download the 2019 Prospectus

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Current Exhibit: Cynthia L Wilson

Local Artist Cynthia L. Wilson works with paint and collage to create images of nature, abstraction and dreamscapes. She has been painting for many years and has had work in our Juried shows in the past. There will be a Meet and Greet reception between the services on August the 11th.

Artist Statement

Although I paint from nature, there is a certain point when the painting becomes something other than a representation of what I see. I use certain themes that are not only visual, but are also metaphors for life as I experience it.

The colors I use are borrowed from the subjects I paint but are translated into impressions and explorations of light. Some days the light is subdued and the shadows soft, while on others, the sunlight dancing on the leaves is crisp, clear and glowing.

The actual process of painting is tied more to viewpoint and inner vision than to technique. I have to develop a sense of oneness with my subject that comes from being still, listening and observing. Once I have an idea and begin to paint, the work takes on a life of it’s own. It reflects my emotions, my observations and my experience as an artist.

Lately there has been a sense of urgency in my work and I want to capture every moment. I feel that we are losing touch with nature and maybe through my paintings, someone might begin to see how important it is to preserve this beautiful place we inhabit on planet earth.


Curious about the story behind the history of exhibitions?

The Gallery at Grace Centre uniquely features the work of artists in western North Carolina. The Gallery, which is owned and supported by Grace Mills River, is designed to help establish the work of new and emerging artists.

Displaying art through more than 1,000 square feet of beautifully lit wall space, Grace Mills River’s vision and desire is to build relationships with artists in the community by recognizing and encouraging the essential role art plays in our unique culture. We care deeply about the art and the artist.

For more than a decade, Grace Mills River has displayed the work of hundreds of local artists across a wide range of media. In addition to solo and group shows, we also exhibit an annual fine art juried show.

We try to make the artist’s experience as seamless and convenient as possible. Once a work (or exhibition) is selected, the artist is invited to an opening reception hosted by Grace Mills River and attended by many from our community. We also promote the events through our website, bulletins, and email updates. Because Grace Centre is also the home of Grace Mills River, the gallery generates a good deal of traffic -- as many as 600 people view an exhibition each week.

In this video, one of our early curators explains the mission behind the Grace Gallery. juried14 from Graceworks Media on Vimeo.

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Cynthia L. Wilson

Aug 4

Local Artist Cynthia L. Wilson works with paint and collage to create images of nature, abstraction and dreamscapes.

2019 Art Camp

Jul 13

Thank you to all who contributed to our 2019 GMR Art Camp!

Jason Rafferty

Jun 3

Jason Rafferty, winner of Best in Show in the 2018 Annual Juried Art Show. Jason is a resent BFA graduate of UNCA and is an accomplished oil painter. He paints and teaches in the river Arts district in Asheville.

Grace Mills River is delighted to welcome artists from the greater WNC community to show their work in the gallery. Artwork and artist statements in Grace Centre Gallery do not necessarily represent the values and beliefs of Grace Mills River.