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The Golden Gallery

The Golden Gallery For 44 years The Golden Gallery has captured local memories in the artwork of Mary Ellen, John W Golden, and the music of John C Golden. For 44 years The Golden Gallery has captured local memories in the artwork of Mary Ellen and John W.

Golden and the music of John C. Golden.

Operating as usual

Come check out John W. Golden’s Nautical Chart art blocks! Ten 6” x 6” blocks in all, showing portions our SENC coast as...
04/02/2022

Come check out John W. Golden’s Nautical Chart art blocks! Ten 6” x 6” blocks in all, showing portions our SENC coast as it appeared in the late 19th century. There’s even one for the Wilmington area. Want a 32” x 40” print of the entire chart? We can do that.

Many, many years ago, Mary Ellen Golden used to paint mini originals. Were you fortunate to pick up an original piece of...
03/05/2022

Many, many years ago, Mary Ellen Golden used to paint mini originals. Were you fortunate to pick up an original piece of her work back in the day? Came across 4 original minis this week in the gallery office! We are going to keep these in the family, but plan to offer them as reproductions in our current line of framed mini prints.

Many of you will know that we were so very lucky to know Jane Faudree and to have her as a part of our gallery family fo...
02/11/2022
Jane Jackson Faudree Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

Many of you will know that we were so very lucky to know Jane Faudree and to have her as a part of our gallery family for many years. She made our little corner of the world a warm and welcoming place. She will live on through her beautiful family and her art and will always have a place in our hearts.

Share Memories & Support the Family.

01/22/2022

Closed today due to inclement weather.

01/20/2022

We are watching the weather, y'all. We will be closed Friday and will close Saturday if the weather dictates. Thanks!!

Merry Christmas!!  Our holiday hours are as follows: 12/23 (Today) - 10am - 3:30pm, Closed 12/24 through 12/26. We will ...
12/23/2021

Merry Christmas!! Our holiday hours are as follows: 12/23 (Today) - 10am - 3:30pm, Closed 12/24 through 12/26. We will re-open Monday, 12/27. Closed New Year’s Day. 

Ornaments are underway!  We have moved our annual JDRF donation event inside the gallery this year. We could not make a ...
12/06/2021

Ornaments are underway! We have moved our annual JDRF donation event inside the gallery this year. We could not make a tree happen this year. These are just some of the images that our Type One daughter Kate is helping us make into ornaments this year. If you come in and purchase an ornament for $8, the entire amount will be donated to JDRF to help continue research to make Type One Diabetes a thing of the past. Ornaments will be available through the end of December.

Who out there knows when it’s best to catch Crabby Claws? Wait for it… wait for it… At Yuletide. 🤪 Mary Ellen’s watercol...
12/05/2021

Who out there knows when it’s best to catch Crabby Claws? Wait for it… wait for it… At Yuletide. 🤪 Mary Ellen’s watercolor of a blue crab in a Santa hat is available as prints, cards, and ornaments.

Yesterday was the first day of our 45th year in business! All those years in the Cotton Exchange in Downtown Wilmington....
12/03/2021

Yesterday was the first day of our 45th year in business! All those years in the Cotton Exchange in Downtown Wilmington. Thank you all for your support over the years!

Here's Mary Ellen checking out our first location (now part of the excellent The Basics) about 2 months before we opened our doors. 5 locations (in the same city block) later, you can now find us in the O'Brien Building along with our dear neighbors Occasions Just Write, Elizabeth's Boutique, Port City Pottery and Fine Crafts, Java Dog and Cape Fear Footwear.

Here is the outside of the first Golden Gallery in October 1977. Yellow bell bottoms!

Hey y’all!! It’s been awhile, what with all that has been going on, but John W’s fish wall is full again! It won’t stay ...
12/03/2021

Hey y’all!! It’s been awhile, what with all that has been going on, but John W’s fish wall is full again! It won’t stay that way long so come down and grab a great gift for your favorite fisher!

Who’s heading out to support artists today for Artists’ Sunday? The gallery will be open 12-4pm today!
11/28/2021

Who’s heading out to support artists today for Artists’ Sunday? The gallery will be open 12-4pm today!

Morning, Friends! We will follow a holiday schedule this week: Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am to 5:30pm. Closed Thursd...
11/22/2021

Morning, Friends! We will follow a holiday schedule this week: Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am to 5:30pm. Closed Thursday-Saturday so each of our little work family can spend time with their own families. We will be here Noon-4pm Sunday for Artist's Sunday. Come down and see us! Thank you all for supporting us!

07/19/2021

Hello y’all! We’ve got to make a slight adjustment to our schedule for a bit. We will not be open Mondays for a little while. Will let you know as soon as we can
resume normal hours.

Thanks so much to the Cotton Exchange for featuring women-owned businesses this month, and for being such a wonderful ho...
03/27/2021

Thanks so much to the Cotton Exchange for featuring women-owned businesses this month, and for being such a wonderful home to the Golden Gallery for 44 years!!

Meet Mary Ellen Golden ⭐️ , owner of The Golden Gallery, one of the first merchants in The Cotton Exchange. Mary Ellen opened The Golden Gallery in 1977 and there is no one better to tell you her story than her. Here are her memories of opening:
"When I moved from Charleston to Wilmington, I decided I would like to open a gallery to show my watercolors. When I saw The Cotton Exchange, I knew where I wanted that gallery to be. My first gallery was about 500 square feet and I furnished it with family antiques. Original watercolors were hung on the walls and I hung pen and ink prints of The Cotton Exchange on the doors of an antique wardrobe I had bought from an antique shop in a little church in Wilmington. I laid tile on top of the tile from the old barbershop that had occupied the space I had chosen. That first December I enjoyed talking to people who wandered through and my husband John played guitar and sang as we staffed The Golden Gallery from 10am until 9pm."

Hey folks, thanks to all who have accommodated our limited hours during lockdown! We will be returning to regular hours ...
03/27/2021

Hey folks, thanks to all who have accommodated our limited hours during lockdown! We will be returning to regular hours April 1st. No joke! Tomorrow though, Saturday the 27th, we will be running on a different schedule: we will open early at 10am and close at 2:30pm.

We’ve got lots of art blocks coming in today and tomorrow from John W. Golden! This is a new 4”x8” block size that lets ...
12/19/2020

We’ve got lots of art blocks coming in today and tomorrow from John W. Golden! This is a new 4”x8” block size that lets John make blocks of some of the less long and skinny fish. #flounder #sheepshead

John W’s here today working on making 4” x 5” dog blocks to restock our supply. With over 100 breeds represented, there ...
12/15/2020

John W’s here today working on making 4” x 5” dog blocks to restock our supply. With over 100 breeds represented, there could be a great little holiday gift that’s perfect for your favorite Fido’s family. These will hit the floor tomorrow, with more coming throughout the week. We should have all of them by Saturday. Local pick-up only for now.

New Fall hours! Monday through Saturday 12pm - 5pm, Closed Sundays.
10/30/2020

New Fall hours! Monday through Saturday 12pm - 5pm, Closed Sundays.

Hello loyal friends!! We are starting new Fall hours on Friday, October 30. Pretty simple: Mon-Sat, 12pm-5pm. Still clos...
10/30/2020

Hello loyal friends!! We are starting new Fall hours on Friday, October 30. Pretty simple: Mon-Sat, 12pm-5pm. Still closed on Sundays for now.

We are closed today, Saturday, Oct. 17th. A beautiful day to head downtown and check out Cotton Exchange! We hear there ...
10/17/2020

We are closed today, Saturday, Oct. 17th. A beautiful day to head downtown and check out Cotton Exchange! We hear there be pirates!

10/16/2020

We will be closed Saturday, Oct. 17th. See you again on Monday, Oct.19, 12-5pm.

Slight change to this week’s hours: we will be open Monday, Labor Day!
09/06/2020

Slight change to this week’s hours: we will be open Monday, Labor Day!

We will be closed Friday, Sunday and Monday, but we will be open Saturday this weekend.
09/03/2020

We will be closed Friday, Sunday and Monday, but we will be open Saturday this weekend.

Update to hours!
08/24/2020

Update to hours!

Hours for the foreseeable future!!
08/24/2020

Hours for the foreseeable future!!

Morning friends! Hours for the week of August 10-16:Monday, August 10: 12 - 5pmTuesday, August 11: 12 - 5pmWednesday, Au...
08/10/2020

Morning friends! Hours for the week of August 10-16:

Monday, August 10: 12 - 5pm
Tuesday, August 11: 12 - 5pm
Wednesday, August 12: 12 - 5pm
Thursday, August 13: 11 - 5pm
Friday, August 14: 11 - 5pm
Saturday, August 15: 11 - 5pm
Sunday, August 16: CLOSED

08/05/2020

Post storm, we need to adjust our schedule a little:

Wednesday, August 5: 12-5pm
Thursday, August 6: 12-5pm
Friday, August 7: 12-5
Saturday, August 8: CLOSED
Sunday, August 9: CLOSED

07/31/2020

Hey friends! John W. needs to attend a Zoom meeting at 2pm today, so we will be briefly closed around that time. Otherwise, we are here until 5pm today!

Excited to find a stack of the latest issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine by the door when we opened this morning! Than...
07/31/2020

Excited to find a stack of the latest issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine by the door when we opened this morning! Thanks so much to all the good folks over at one of our favorite publications who made such a wonderful write-up of John W. Golden‘s saltwater fish art possible. We can’t thank you enough for sharing John‘s work with your readers! @ The Golden Gallery

Upcoming Hours:Thursday, July 30: 11am-5pmFriday, July 31st: 11am-5pmSaturday, August 1st: 11-5pmSunday, August 2nd: Clo...
07/30/2020

Upcoming Hours:

Thursday, July 30: 11am-5pm

Friday, July 31st: 11am-5pm

Saturday, August 1st: 11-5pm

Sunday, August 2nd: Closed

Monday, August 3rd: 12-5pm

Tuesday, August 4th, Closed

Wednesday, August 5th: 12-5pm

Thursday, August 6th: Closed

Friday, August 7th: 11am-5pm

Saturday, August 8th: 11am-5pm

Sunday, August 9th: Closed

We will add new hours as soon as we know our ability to open.

Updated hours: Friday, July 24: 11am-5pmSaturday, July 25: Closed Sunday, July 26: ClosedMonday, July 27: 12-5pmTuesday,...
07/24/2020

Updated hours:

Friday, July 24: 11am-5pm

Saturday, July 25: Closed

Sunday, July 26: Closed

Monday, July 27: 12-5pm

Tuesday, July 28: Closed

Wednesday, July 29: 12-5pm

We will add new hours as soon as we know our ability to open.

Timeline Photos
07/23/2020

Timeline Photos

We will not be open Saturday, July 18th or Sunday, July 19th. Sorry we can’t be there to see you this weekend. Remember ...
07/18/2020

We will not be open Saturday, July 18th or Sunday, July 19th. Sorry we can’t be there to see you this weekend. Remember to keep smiling!

We will be open today, Tuesday, July 14, from noon-4pm, Wednesday, July 15, noon-4pm and Thursday, July 16, noon-4. We w...
07/14/2020

We will be open today, Tuesday, July 14, from noon-4pm, Wednesday, July 15, noon-4pm and Thursday, July 16, noon-4. We will be closed Friday, July 17. Saturday, July 18, TBD.

We will be open today, July 13th, from noon to 4pm. Thanks for bearing with us while we wait for our schedule to settle ...
07/13/2020

We will be open today, July 13th, from noon to 4pm. Thanks for bearing with us while we wait for our schedule to settle down.

Address

311 N Front St
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10am - 5:30pm
Friday 10am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5:30pm

Telephone

+19107624651

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Wall Art. Wall Decor, Watercolors, Photography, Illustration

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Come to The Golden Gallery for the most comprehensive collection of regional imagery in watercolor, photography and local music. Opened in 1977 in The Cotton Exchange, the gallery has preserved memories for generations of Wilmingtonians and their visitors. From historic downtown vistas to waves lapping at the sandy shore, you will take home gifts and memories of your visit.

Mary Ellen Golden’s watercolors capture the low country light in landscape and floral images. We have originals and prints and many sizes.

John W. Golden’s photography puts you at Wrightsville Beach at dawn, on the Cape Fear River at sunset and in morning’s dappled light in the Historic district. His digital images range from dogs to fish to whimsical creatures for your nursery.

John C. Golden’s CDs enchant you with local songs and legends.

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John has been working on some awesome new blocks! Come pick out your favorite at The Golden Gallery!
How many of you have a Mary Ellen original from The Golden Gallery?
Jane was a wonderful sight to see when she was working at The Golden Gallery. She will be missed greatly by The Cotton Exchange Family.
The Golden Gallery ornaments are in! This year's donations for JDRF will be inside of the store and all of the $$ from the ornaments will go to continuing research to make Type 1 Diabetes no more!
Happy 45 years to The Golden Gallery!
Holiday hours for The Golden Gallery are below!
Just an hours update from The Golden Gallery.
Meet Mary Ellen Golden ⭐️ , owner of The Golden Gallery, one of the first merchants in The Cotton Exchange. Mary Ellen opened The Golden Gallery in 1977 and there is no one better to tell you her story than her. Here are her memories of opening: "When I moved from Charleston to Wilmington, I decided I would like to open a gallery to show my watercolors. When I saw The Cotton Exchange, I knew where I wanted that gallery to be. My first gallery was about 500 square feet and I furnished it with family antiques. Original watercolors were hung on the walls and I hung pen and ink prints of The Cotton Exchange on the doors of an antique wardrobe I had bought from an antique shop in a little church in Wilmington. I laid tile on top of the tile from the old barbershop that had occupied the space I had chosen. That first December I enjoyed talking to people who wandered through and my husband John played guitar and sang as we staffed The Golden Gallery from 10am until 9pm."
Wilmington is mourning the death of one of the Port City's best-known longtime musicians, the folksinger and storyteller John Golden. He and his wife, Mary Ellen Golden, moved to Wilmington in 1977 to start The Golden Gallery and have been here ever since.
Here are The Golden Gallery's hours for this week! Make sure you stop by and say hi!
Updated hours for The Golden Gallery below!
If you're looking through Wrightsville Beach Magazine, you'll see a familiar face from The Golden Gallery!