About Studio 140 Art Gallery Banner Elk, NC

Studio 140 provides a space for David Banegas and Kent Paulette to create paintings in scenic downtown Banner Elk. Being surrounded by the beautiful North Carolina mountains provides inspiration for both artists. It’s an open studio so it provides a space for the community to come by and see the artists at work. The artists enjoy talking with people and explaining their creative process.

The artists paint at Studio 140 and also next door at Sorrento’s, The Sushi Club, Barra, and outside to further include the community in the artistic process. The artists also regular create and donate paintings for charity and are dedicated to giving back to the community. There have been workshops held at Studio 140 where both adults and kids were able to create a painting along with the help of Banegas and Paulette.

It’s a large space so there’s plenty of room to create and display big paintings. A portion of the studio is set up as a gallery to display the finished paintings. The large windows allow the paintings to been seen from a distance in the surrounding downtown Banner Elk.

There are many paintings in the gallery depicting local wildlife and landscapes. There are also paintings of famous faces and nudes. Both artists regularly do custom paintings for clients of their pets and family members.


In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger. Giclee prints are a little over a metre wide and are often affectionately referred to as a “knitting machine” as they look very similar.

giclée (zhee-clay) n. 1. a type of digital fine-art print. 2. Most often associated with reproductions; a giclée is a multiple print or exact copy of an original work of art that was created by conventional means (painting, drawing, etc.) and then reproduced digitally, typically via inkjet printing. First use in this context by Jack Duganne in 1991, Los Angeles, California.


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Studio 140 Art Gallery
140 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
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