Welcome to A3L- the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League!

The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) is dedicated to promoting the arts in the Old Fort community; providing education in the arts to the citizens and visitors of Old Fort; ensuring local artist and artisans have opportunities to display their skills and work; and preserving the art of the area for future generations.

Please take a look through our spectacular Members' Showcase, and support the arts of our community!

Please Note:
In the event of inclement weather, our policy is to close the Gallery when the McDowell County Schools close.
Winter Hours : Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM til 5 PM; Sunday 1 PM til 4 PM
Regular Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM til 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM til 4 PM


Arrowhead Gallery and Studios is operated by A3L and is located  at 78C S. Catawba Avenue, in the heart of historic Old Fort, NC.  This beautiful, "warehouse chic" facility is currently operating on regular business hours 10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1PM to 4PM Sunday.

In addition to Gallery and Studio space, AGS has a large classroom for conducting art classes and workshops and two separate clay classrooms for pottery classes and workshops.

A3L also offers access to our pottery studio and our cone 10 pottery kiln for approved independent study at a nominal cost and a glass kiln.


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If you are an artist or artisan in the region, why not join us? Showcase your style, promote your art, and be a part of the community!

Affordable Gallery and Studio Space NOW in Old Fort

Currently Available...

  • Two Studios
  • Wall space is current filled
  • Limited Shelf and Floor Space
Contact us for details.

Gallery Artist of the Month - Mac Read



Read photographs almost anythinghe finds interesting. His favorite genres include botanicals, wildlife, figurestudies, abstracts and landscapes.

Locally, his pictures are shownat the Red House Gallery (Black Mountain), Trackside Studios (River ArtsDistrict, Asheville), and the Arrowhead Gallery (Old Fort).

He is a fine art photographerwhose business, Black Mountain Photo Arts, photographs paintings and producesgiclée prints for artists in western North Carolina. Hallmarks of the businessinclude very accurate color, prints on fine art paper or canvas, and veryreasonable prices. Finished work is typically packaged for immediate resale.

He also conducts classes onphotographing art, color management and giclée printing.

Come by Arrowhead Gallery and seehis wonderful photography!

Fund Raiser in Full Swing

The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League of Old Fort is pleased to announce that it is holding a silent auction of original works of art and photography this month at the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, 78C S Catawba Ave, Old Fort. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Meals and Wheels of McDowell County and projects of  the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League a federal and North Carolina nonprofit organization.  While Meals on Wheels receives funding for meals that it prepares when the Senior Center is open, it is not funded on holidays such as Thanksgiving.  The members of the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League want to contribute funds to help offset the costs of the box meals that that Senior Center prepares to cover those days. 

Members of the League have also undertaken a number of art projects in the Town of Old Fort over the past several years.  Their latest project will be to build a large kaleidoscope sculpture in a small pocket park on Railroad Street. This project is being done in partnership with Mill Creek Properties and Dragonfly Studios.  They hope that, when completed, this kaleidoscope will be the largest in the southeast and will attract visitors to our area.  Funds from the silent auction will go toward this project.  In the past the League has painted three large murals and seven large panels that appear throughout the Town.  They are now part of the Appalachian Mural Trail, a virtual trail that stretches from Asheville to the eastern coast of North Carolina.

The silent auction will run through June 6, when the winning bidders will be announced.

Hereare just a few of the original works available in the auction.  Many of these have opening bids of under $50.00.  “Cathedral” by the late Ed Layton.  “Daisies”, artist unidentified.  “Jersey Shore” by Helen Sullivan.  “The Long Walk Home” by artist Lorelle Bacon.  “Blue and Yellow” by Marsha Wood.  “Lilies” by Marsha Wood (pictured).  “Tomato” by Nancy Hoopes. 

Contact the Arrowhead Gallery at 828-668-1100 for more information or visit the Gallery Tuesday – Saturday 10AM to 6PM, Sunday 1-4PM to view the art and bid on your favorite piece.

New Show Added

A3L is partnering with the Mountain Gateway Museum to host a very special new show: "Celebrate McDowell County 175" in honor of McDowell County's 175 anniversary.  The show is open to McDowell County high school aged students, grades 9-12, or the equivalent.  Intake will be on September 19th at the Gallery.  Cash prizes!


A2L - Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League


78C S Catawba Avenue
Old Fort, NC 28762

Tel: (828) 668 1100

Opening Hours
(JAN - MARCH) Wed through Sat - 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm
(APR - DEC) Tue through Sat - 10am to 6pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm