A Regional Showcase

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the mezzanine level of the Museum Store and features original nature-themed art. All exhibited art is for sale.

The main gallery showcases regional artists' two and three-dimensional arts and crafts — hand blown glass, NC pottery (including Bulldog Pottery), wildlife photography, lithographs and paintings. The secondary gallery features a single artist each month in a juried exhibition of their most recent work. Opening receptions are held during the Museum's First Friday events. For more information call 919.707.9854.

Featured Artist

Moments of Eternity by Mark Stephenson

August 7–31, 2015

Opening reception First Friday, August 7, 6–8pm

The oil paintings in “Moments of Eternity” are inspired by the writings and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, which parallel Stephenson’s philosophy as a painter.

“When you are motionless in nature and become one with it, you gain Nature’s trust,” says Stephenson. “The hidden reveals itself: a great horned owl lights on a limb just above your head, a herd of dairy cows part as they pass you on their way to be milked, the animals and insects, the trees, grass, and rocks awaken and you realize it is all one life consisting of uncountable manifestations - and you are one with it. This is ultimately why I paint landscapes. It is a never ending process. All of nature is beautiful and inspiring.”

Steps to the Chapel by Mark Stephenson

Exhibition Schedule

  • August 7-31: Mark Stephenson
  • September 4–27: Raleigh, Naturally: Artwork by Vicki Rees
  • October 2–November 1: Wings: Artwork by Barbara Rohde
  • November 6–29: The Nature Series: Artwork by Ellen Gamble
  • December 4–January 31, 2016: Artwork by Sharron Parker

Accessibility Note: The Nature Art Gallery is only accessible by stairs. For each exhibition all art will be photographed. Staff will bring individual pieces to the main floor of the Museum Store as requested.

Prospectus for Artists