Charlie Frye has long worked to make downtown Lenoir a more colorful place. When he married his wife, Susan, she brought her dream to own a gallery. The collision of their dreams inspired Folk Keeper Gallery & Antiques, specializing in folk art. The gallery strives to showcase the people, places, and animals that give Western North Carolina its culture and charm. Folk Keeper Gallery & Antiques occupies a corner building in downtown Lenoir. From this location, the Frys operate a combination studio, gallery, classroom, and antique store.
During a visit to Folk Keeper Gallery & Antiques, visitors will find paintings, pottery, sculpture, mixed-media art, wood-turned items, handmade soaps and oils, as well as a variety of pre-1940s antiques. Charlie will paint almost anything, and along with his and Susan’s work, the work of 40 other artists populates the gallery space. In addition to art, crafts, and antiques, Folk Keeper Gallery provides art classes for all ages. They frequently host paint nights for the community, sometimes on their rooftop! Check out https://www.folkkeepergallery.com/ and the Folk Keeper Gallery & Antiques Facebook page for more information on happenings.