Within the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, just outside of downtown Gatlinburg, you can drive the 8 mile loop that takes you to the shops, galleries, and studios of over a hundred working artists and craftspeople who call Gatlinburg home. About mid-way down Glades Road you will come to a great group of shops with plenty of parking and enough different things to see and do to make it well worth your time to stop. In a 100 year old former church building with a red tin roof and red shutters on the windows is Jim Gray Gallery
. They show the entire range of Jim Gray's work from watercolor and oil paintings, to bronze sculpture, plus all his lithograph and giclee prints. This man sculpted the bronze of Dolly Parton that is over in Sevierville on the courthouse lawn, as well as the bronzes of President Andrew Johnson that are in Greenville, TN and on the Capitol lawn in Nashville. They are open year round Monday thru Saturday and choose to be closed on Sunday to honor the Lords Day. They used to have a gallery right down town, but it was lost in a fire in Dec of 2007 and they are not reoccupying there, but are concentrating on this location in the Arts Community. Good move. From the gallery, you can walk over to Jeff Hale's pottery shop called Future Relics, or up to Fox Hill Gallery right across the road. The old Cliff Dwellers Shop was built downtown in the 1930's. The Gray's saved this great old building and moved it next door to the Gallery. The Cliff Dwellers features probably 25 different artists and crafters and is as it says on the sign, " A Very Interesting Place." Just down from Jim Gray Gallery you can walk to Cosby Hill Crafters, then a very cool knife and scrimshaw shop, and the Troll Shop. Ogle's Broom shop makes brooms while you watch, and Ma's Kitchen will serve you a country plate lunch that is always good. There are lots of other great parts of the Arts Community, and if you have time you should stop at Paul Murray Gallery, G Webb Gallery, Vern Hippensteal Gallery and the group of shops at Turtle Hollow. It is a full day for sure and the best reason to spend an extra day in Gatlinburg in addition to getting out in the Great Smokies.