About Our Organization

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The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) is a 501(c)(3) and North Carolina non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the arts in the Old Fort and surrounding communities, 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.

A3L runs the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, a fully juried, members-only Gallery in downtown Old Fort.  This Gallery is one of the largest by size in Western North Carolina, and boasts being home to between 30 and 40 artists and artisans at any given time from across the region.  We offer  art, pottery and quilting classes and various monthly workshops, as well as affordable studio space for artists.

A3L has adopted the Old Fort Elementary School.  Members donate supplies and time to support the School's Art Program.

Funded by donations from the community, area businesses and the local Tourism Development Authority, A3L members have painted ten murals in and around the Town of Old Fort, including seven 6 foot by eight foot panels depicting the "Seven Wonders" of Old Fort - seven of the things to see and do in and around the Town.  The large mural pictured is a 36'x24' depiction of Old Fort Artist Nada Carroll's original painting, "A time to Build."  There is also a mural depicting bike riders taking part in the Off Road Assault on Mount Michael (ORAMM). A3L's newest mural depicts the North Carolina Gold Trail.

All of the murals depicting historic events or themes are part of the Appalachian Mural Trail, a virtual trail that runs along the Bill Ridge Parkway from Asheville to the ocean.  Read more at their website www.muraltrail.com.


Come and join our League - membership costs just $25 per year - and you will find many benefits to being a member.   Join by clicking here

A3L Officers and Board Members

President:  Liz Meyer
Vice President:  Stephanie Wild
Secretary: Barb Bewernitz
Treasurer: John Sullivan (2018)

At large Board Members:   Chuck Aldridge (Board selection 2019),  Catherine Bruggeman (2019).

AGS Studios

Arrowhead Gallery and Studio in Old Fort, North Carolina!

The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) and North Carolina non-profit corporation based in Old Fort, NC. Our mission is to promote the arts in Old Fort and surrounding communities. We were established in 2010 and have 45 active artists/artisans members.

The A3L Board of Directors has leased 3600 square feet of space in the Parker Hosiery Building located at 78 Catawba Avenue, in the heart of historic Old Fort, NC, and opened the


The entrance to the Gallery is approximately 2 minutes from Exit 73 on Interstate I-40.  Eleven hundred (1100) square feet of the space (plus over 1000 square feet of wall space) is dedicated to the Gallery displaying A3L artists/artisans work. Another 1450 square feet is dedicated to individual artist's studios. In addition to Gallery and Studio space, AGS has a large classroom for conducting art classes and workshops.

For artists who display work in the AGS Gallery, there is a small monthly exhibit fee, plus, if the artist chooses to “gallery sit”, the usual 30% commission on sales is reduced to 10%.  How many hours and how often is determined by the number of artists in the Gallery. An artist does not have to have a studio to show in the Gallery or show in the Gallery to have a studio.

Gallery and Studio Space Available

The cost of Studio space is approximately $1.00 per square foot per month. The rental fee includes parking, wireless internet and all utilities, except any phone service that an artist may want.  The cost of floor, wall, or shelf space in the Gallery is $30 per month.  

In making a decision, please be aware that the cost for Studio and Gallery space space may be deductible on both State and Federal Income Tax. The Gallery fee may also be deductible. (As with any business or charitable deductions, individuals should consult with their tax adviser).

Useful Links

McDowell County Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for supporting Battle of the Brushes 2014

Since 1982, the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce has been promoting the area's growth and competitiveness through proactive promotion of local businesses, atractions, and arts, including the annual Mountain Glory Festival, held every October since 1984.

McDowell Tourism Development Authority

Inviting you to explore our spectacular region in the Blue Ridge Mountains including Marion, Lake James, Little Switzerland, Linville Falls and Old Fort.  Click here for interesting lodging options ranging from eco-retreats, log cabins and cottages to traditional motels.  Details on attractions, adventures, hiking trails and events!


The McDowell Tourism Development Authority is a strong supporter of A3L and its members.  The TDA has provided publicity support for our Monthly Arts Mart as well as our 201 and 2012 Battle of the Brushes events.  Thank you.

Old Fort Chamber of Commerce

Battle of the Brushes Sponsor 2014.  Thank you.

The Old Fort Chamber of Commerce is committed to preserving it's heritage, and having some fun along the way.

Old Fort is still a welcoming stop. As one of the oldest towns in the region, it prides itself on it's historic roots. Originally a fort built by the colonial militia before the Declaration of Independence, the settlement served for many years as the western outpost of the early United States.

Every October, the Chamber arranges Oktoberfest - A three day festival of food, crafts and entertainment.

MACA - McDowell Arts Council Association

On February 28, 1972, a group of fifty-two local residents created the McDowell Arts Council Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

These people were proud of their local, artistic heritage and wanted to share this legacy while promoting local artists and enriching cultural life in McDowell County. Thirty-five years later, the arts council continues to encourage local artists providing gallery space, a retail shop, teaching opportunities and theater space for the performing arts.

True Blue Arts Supplies

Battle of the Brushes 2011 sponsor.  Thank you.

True Blue Art Supply of Asheville is your local source in the mountains of Western North Carolina for fine art materials, from painting and drawing, to drafting, textile, and graphic arts supplies. We carry a wide selection of top-quality art supplies at excellent discount prices every day.

Catawba Falls Camp Ground

Battle of the Brushes 2014 Sponsor.  Thank you.

Camp on the Catawba River at Catawba Falls Campground, we offer RV Camping, Cabin Rental and Tent Camping. Our tents are on the river or at the base of the mountain. We offer a store with ice, goods and ice-cream, we even have onsite manicures and pedicures.  We are the closest campground to the Catawba Falls with plenty of hiking and we are open ALL YEAR. We are located in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the town of Old Fort.

Sourwood Art Gallery

The Sourwood Gallery is a co-op gallery of local artists, located 110 Broadway, Black Mountain, NC, offering original art for sale.
We have paintings, pottery,sculpture, jewelry, turned wood, photography, stained glass and other fine art.  Come visit us.

Dick Blick Art Supplies

Battle of the Brushes 2011 sponsor.  Thank you.

The Best Art Supplies
...at the best discounts!
Since 1911, artists have turned to Dick Blick Art Materials for dependable savings, a huge selection, and fine customer service on art supplies.

Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center

Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center promotes the understanding of regional history and culture and their relationship to the world at large, for the benefit of visitors and residents. Through museum services to historical organizations, collections management, interpretive exhibits, and public events, Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center encourages the preservation and understanding of local, state, and regional history for future generations.

The Mountain Gateway Museum supports A3L and Battle of tthe Brushes 2011.  Thank you.

Old Fort Mountain Heritage Alliance

The mission of the Old Fort Mountain Heritage Alliance is simple: To recognize, revitalize and promote the historic, cultural, social and economic significance of Old Fort and to educate the community about the benefits of its preservation through active volunteerism. We are committed to the preservation and promotion of our small town while looking for ways to create quality development and enhance existing property investments.

The Old Fort Mountain Heritage Alliance (OFMHA) is a strong supporter of A3L and its members.  OFMHA is an East of Asheville Studio Tour (EAST) sponsor for October 2011 and May 2012.

Inn on Mill Creek

The Inn on Mill Creek supports A3L and its members as an East of Asheville Studio Tour (EAST) sponsor October 2011 and May 2012.

Our Asheville/Black Mountain area bed and breakfast is literally surrounded by North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest and is centrally located between Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Mount Mitchell, and Chimney Rock/Lake Lure.

With over seven private acres, seven contemporary guest  rooms, and two miles of protected forest between us and the rat race, we have plenty of space to relax and refresh your spirit.

Kim's Nail Boutique

Kim's Nail Boutique supports A3L and its members as an East of Asheville Studio Tour October 2011.

Golden Artist Colors Inc

Golden Artist Colors, Inc. became an employee owned company in 2002. And despite worldwide distribution, GOLDEN product is still created on the grounds of the original barn in New Berlin using the highest standards for consistency and quality.

GOLDEN constantly strives to outdo itself by operating on three principles: 1) Make the best products, 2) Provide customers with the best service, and 3) Find people who can make the first two happen. These principles are the essence of Sam Golden's commitment to artists and their tools and they are how we hope to grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality.

Light, Space, and TIme OnLine Gallery

 Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competition and art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis.


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Mill Creek

Mill Creek Village Welcomes You!

Mill Creek Village, where you will find the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, is a historic section of downtown Old Fort located south of the train depot.

Mill Creek Village offers more than the amazing artwork you will find here at AGS, you can also shop for antiques, visit the Parker Hosiery Outlet and pick up brand name hosiery, discover the wonderful and charming Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center, eat healthy fresh sandwiches from Subway in the picnic areas close to the trout stream.

You can find out more about our beautiful location by dropping by the Blue Ridge Travelers Visitors Center, also located in the Mill Creek Village.