Easels in the Gardens

Easels in the Gardens is a biennial event sponsored by the Cupola House Association. The two-day affair offers an exceptional pairing of special gardens with talented plein-air artists, each creating unique works of art in beautiful outdoor settings. In 2022, over 600 tickets were sold for the event, held on May 20 & 21.

Along with the garden tour, The Art in Bloom exhibit brought this combination of nature and art inside at the Chowan Arts Council, where local floral designers showcased their creativity by interpreting individual works of art as floral arrangements.

Entertainment continued after the sun went down with a Friday night street party, “Boogie on Broad,” featuring perennial musical favorite, The Embers. The two-day event concluded on Saturday evening with an elegant and festive Garden Party, at which the artists’ completed works were displayed and available for purchase.

Funds raised at Easels in the Gardens are used to help maintain the 1758 Cupola House and its gardens.

Photos of the 2022 gardens.

Photos of the 2020 gardens.

Photos of the 2018 event.

Photos of the 2016 event.

Photos of the 2014 event.


Easels celebration seen from a cupola window


Read about early architectural changes we just discovered.

View a photo gallery of the Cupola House gardens.

View a beautiful UNC-TV documentary on Frances Inglis and the Cupola House.

View a WRAL-TV news report on the Cupola House Restoration.

View a UNC-TV “North Carolina Weekend” video about the Cupola House