The Belvedere Hotel was an elegant hotel at one time; built in 1905, it was renovated in 2002. One of a Kind Gallery, LLC, occupies three old hotel rooms plus two alcoves. They still have the original flooring, thought to be of Long Leaf Pine, native to the Sandhills. Large windows with huge sills and walls that aren’t quite straight add to the charm of the setting that allows customers to meander throughout the gallery and inspect the art “up close and personal.”
The next task was that of persuading talented artists to take a risk and join this new adventure. Amazingly, almost all who were invited, agreed to participate. The result is a wonderful mix of artists, who represent a wide range of the arts: photographer, painters, potters, jewelers, card-makers, basket maker, sculptor, silk-scarf painter, needle pointer, and woodworker. Besides being incredibly talented, the artists are genuinely nice people. Short biographies and pictures of the artists appear next to their work, so the customer can gain some insights about the person producing each piece. Descriptions of the artists and their work appear elsewhere in this presentation.