A thriving community of artists runs the Number 7 Arts Gallery on East Main Street in Brevard across from the courthouse, offering an array of styles from the most sophisticated to humorous country folk style, any of which you would be proud to have in your living room. A program of the Transylvania Community Arts Council, it was started to provide a center for the visual arts with the participation of the artists themselves. Number 7 is Brevard’s oldest gallery. The membership of artists has nearly doubled in the 16 years of operation.
On any given day of the week, you can meet the makers of some of the fine work you will see displayed in the gallery. And you will find a knowledgeable participating artist behind the counter eager to share your interest in their offerings.
On display are a diverse mix of mediums: oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pen and ink, pastels, jewelry in all metals, glass, and clay, basketry, turned wood, woven, quilted, felted, and marbled textiles, functional and non-functional pottery, stained glass, paper maché, encaustics including books, journals, handmade furniture and mixed media work.
In January of each year, Number 7 Arts selects artists and craftsmen in a jury process. Community artisans submit their work for review by a group of gallery members. Three factors play into the selection of new members: quality of work, the element of diversity it would contribute to the group and space available in the gallery.
As a member, the artisan has responsibilities to the whole of the cooperative. Each member pays a membership fee, works a minimum of one day a month, participates in gallery events such as Fourth Friday Gallery Walks and group exhibitions in other locations, and maintains the upkeep and presentation of a physical space.
As members, the artists learn about each other’s work processes, motivations and inspirations. They also learn marketing and sales skills. They collaborate and cooperate, and get to spend their days talking with visitors from all over the world. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (828) 883-2294.