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Welcome to the Smelt Art Gallery 

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Chatham Artists Guild Invites You to Discover

The Smelt Art Gallery

Looking for an alternative way to discover art? We love art galleries, but sometimes you just want to hang out. The Plant, a diverse 17-acre eco-industrial park on the east side of Pittsboro, North Carolina, is a perfect place to “grab a drink and a bite; let the kids rent a bike or scooter. Throw axes, check out the art gallery, or just write in your journal.”
Smelt Art Gallery is located inside the bmc brewing, a welcoming brewery where their beers are made on-site at the brewery and taproom with ultra-purified reverse osmosis water, which allows better batch-to-batch consistency. It is a hidden gem of a brewery. Make this your place to play cards or boxed games (several are available), listen to music, hold an event, or enjoy time with friends.
Come join us on Sunday, July 7th, from 1-3 for our opening reception. Enjoy music by Michael Bartos. You will discover amazing art and talented artists. Chatham Artists Guild curates the gallery, presenting both 2D and 3D art from traditional to contemporary in a wide range of mediums, from fiber and ceramics to glass, metal, wood, mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, and photography.
Gallery trips are more memorable and fun when shared with friends and family. Our opening receptions offer opportunities to meet the artists and encourage discussion. You may notice details or techniques you might otherwise overlook, or you may learn the story behind a work you admire.
And did we mention – the Smelt Art Gallery is a great place to support our local artists? Art is purchased directly from the artist. The gallery does not require a fee to exhibit or take a commission on work sold.
Our current exhibit, on view through August 27th, 2024, features 3D artists Janet Place’s Glass Designs and Kristin Bergsten’s handwoven originals. BMC Brewing and Smelt Art Gallery hours are Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday: 11 am -8 pm, Thursday / Friday: 11 am-10 pm, Saturday: 12 pm-10 pm and Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm.  

213 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312 - Inside the bmc brewing

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Chatham Artists Guild presents "Rhythm of Nature" at the Smelt Art Gallery - View through May 28th! 

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7th, 2024,

from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Reception goers will enjoy free refreshments and music by Britt Wilson. On view from March 28th through May 28th, the exhibit invites visitors to experience the wonder of nature as seen through the eyes of skilled artists. Their diverse works, spanning from paint to glass, showcase the intricate forms, patterns, and transformations found in the natural world. Every piece embodies our inherent appreciation for the beauty of nature and the materials utilized to bring it to life. Sixty works of art!

Exhibiting artists:

 Jim Aiken, Vidabeth Bensen, Randi Markowitz, Forrest Greenslade, Aline Kala, Barry Udis, Daphne Boder, Colleen Black Semelka, Amy Wandless, Greg Wandless, Janet Place, Steevie Parks, Minnie Gallman, Eric Saunders, Diane Swan, Andrew Wilson, Nancy Ann Moore, Leslie Palmer, Timothy Dowdall, Kathy Flood, Beth Bale, and Darcy Szeremi.

213 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312 - Inside the bmc brewery

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"Proud to Be Me - Celebrating Diversity" at the Smelt Art Gallery.

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 2nd, 2024,

from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Chatham Artists Guild is thrilled to present "Celebrating Diversity: Proud To Be Me" at the Smelt Art Gallery.  The June exhibit will embrace uniqueness and celebrate individuality in all its forms. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 2nd, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Attendees will enjoy free refreshments and music by Michael Novak. On view from May 30th through June 25th, this exhibit aims to highlight the artistic expression and rich cultural identity in Chatham and beyond. The reception is just one of the many featured events during The Plant’s 2024 Pride Festival – June 1st & 2nd.  Join us for a weekend of fun, food, music, vendors and activities!

Smelt Art Gallery is located at 213 Lorax Lane at The Plant, the Chatham Beverage District on the east side of Pittsboro. Smelt Art Gallery is a unique gallery space located inside bmc brewing, an on-site brewery and taproom. The bmc brewing and the gallery are open Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm, Monday / Tuesday/ Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm Thursday/Friday 10 am -10 pm, Sat.: 12 pm -10 pm.

213 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312 - Inside the bmc brewery

Smelt Art Gallery is a non-conventional art gallery located within the hallway of an old smelting plant. It's located in the heart of Pittsboro, NC on The Plant campus. Home of Fair Game Beverage Co., hempsmith, Oak City Hemp, Copeland Springs Farms, Carolina Hemp Tours, Chatham Axes, Chatham Cider Works, Vortex Roasting and Satrrlight Mead. ... bmc brewing occupies the adjacent rooms of the Smelt Art Gallery building.

Learn about our members, watch their studio videos, and browse the galleries of artwork. Many artists offer online shopping, commissions, art classes and private studio visits by appointment. Search for your favorite artist, find our newest members, or sort by art media at Chatham Artists Guild Artists.

Smelt Art Gallery presents a unique gallery space, the building was used for aluminum smelting for inco alloys, manufacturer of parts for fighter jets, housed the reactor building for piedmont biofuels, and most recently shares space with bmc brewing, an on-site brewery and taproom. 

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