Visit Gatlinburg Oil Paint Art Galleries
Wikipedia quotes “The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, also known as the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, is a series of shops and galleries along an 8-mile two-lane loop in Sevier County, Tennessee east of Gatlinburg.” Webster tells us, “Oil as a painting medium is recorded as early as the 11th century, though the practice of easel painting with oil colours stems directly from 15th-century techniques of painting with tempera. In the 16th century oil colour emerged as the basic painting material in Venice; it has been the most widespread medium for easel paintings ever since.” Lucky enough to call the Great Smoky Mountain National Park home, Ridgecrest Cabins provides many options to stay in and near The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. Ridgecrest Cabins is the go to company for the best access to art and some of the best oil painting artists in East Tennessee.
Jim Gray Gallery
Jim Gray Gallery is located at 670 Glades Road and is open year around Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (May be open later during peak seasons.) Jim’s gallery features watercolor, oil, pencil, pen and ink, and sculpture. Jim’s talent and gallery also include his signed limited edition Giclee and Lithograph prints and reproductions. Visit the gallery housed in a 100-year old former church to see a glimpse of Jim’s talent in his paintings and prints from the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee or maybe you’ll find solace in one of Jim’s paintings from his travels around the world. Visit Jim’s website for a sneak peek and enjoy his stories in the gallery.
Nancie Bush Gallery
Nancy has been painting for 28 years and is proud to say, “I paint to praise God, to show His work through this wonderful and precious gift He has given me.” Nancie’s online gallery provides prior proof of her professional ability to bring bright, vibrant, multi textured, detailed paintings together. Stop in her shop at 170 Glades Road, open most days from 10-5 p.m., or contact her at (865) 430-4038.
Paul Murray Gallery
Paul Murray’s passion is the Appalachian people and his paintings will make you feel like you’ve taken home part of a story and not just a piece of art. “I’m trying to capture the last flicker of light of the past, the character and depth of the people of yesterday. I don’t know what an artist’s job is exactly. I do know I’m trying to capture something that is almost lost – fading fast.” ~ Paul Murray.
Paul quit school at 13 and decided to dedicate himself to his art. Through his art he’s preserving the life of Appalachian people. At 16 he began publishing his paintings, including a published book in 1989 “Mirrored Souls – A study of Paul Murray’s art.” Murray’s passion to give back has put more than a million dollars in donations back into the community. Visit this celebrated artist at 1003 Glades Road. For questions prior to your visit, find Murray online or call (888)-728-5687.
The Bearfoot Art Gallery
RJ McNall is inspired by the Smoky Mountains, but her oil on canvas paintings aren’t limited to landscapes and wildlife. We think you’ll appreciate her take on the inspirational and whimsical as you view her works of art at Bearfoot Art Gallery on Glades Road. Not only does she paint the scenes and seasons of the Smokies, she has an entire Santa Bear and Chili Pepper gallery that both pleases and surprises! RJ invites you to visit her gallery to shop for paintings and a variety of gifts. (865) 436-6219
Make your reservations with us and enjoy a day or two getting to know the oil painters in the Arts and Crafts Community. (Click here to allow us to introduce you to watercolor artists too!)