Grace Art Gallery

19th Annual Juried Art Exhibition - Opening Reception

The juror has made his selections and the room is filled with art! Thank you to all who entered the 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibition! The show will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 11, 2023 in the Grace Center Gallery, located at 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, North Carolina. Our gallery is located in a multi-use building that also houses a church and an auditorium.

Our 2022 Juror is Asheville Studio artist Jeremy Russell. He is an accomplished Abstract Landscape painter and gallery owner in Asheville. Learn more about his work at

Congratulations to Our 2022 Winners

Best in Show: Beverly Kies, Golden Sunset, Pastel, 45”x36”

1st Place: Susan Deborah Tomchuk, Keeper of the Oaks, Fiber, 27”x10”

2nd Place: Steven Santore, Standing, Still, in Western North Carolina
Black Chalk on Rag Vellum, 26”x22”

Best Emerging Artist: Victor Todd, Redbud Live-Edge Bowl, Wood, 9”x8”x4”

Honorable Mentions:
Josefa Mandarino, Consciousness Rising
Acrylic, 48”x24”

Joan Lesikin, My First Lie
Oil on Linen, 53”x20”

Helene Lund Den Boer, Kaleidoscope
Applique and Thread on Canvas, 24”x31”

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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