ARTIST in RESIDENCE

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Artist in Residence is a collaboration between Garden & Gun and Palmetto Bluff that celebrates the arts, fosters creativity, and offers a hands-on education. The program invites notable artists, including winners of G&G’s Made in the South Awards, to stay in the Artist Cottage in Moreland Village.

Sam Jones

February Artist of the Month February 24-29

Sam Jones

Winterville, North Carolina


Sam Jones represents the third generation of his family to cook traditional whole-hog barbecue at Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina. With humble beginnings, Jones’ family opened Skylight Inn in 1947, and the restaurant has remained a standard bearer for wood-cooked eastern North Carolina-style barbecue ever since. Over the years, Jones and Skylight Inn have been counted among the greats when it comes to the country’s legendary barbecue joints and pitmasters. As early as 1979, National Geographic proclaimed the Skylight Inn some of the best barbecue in the country. In 2003, the restaurant was honored with a James Beard award for “America's Classics.” In the fall of 2015, Jones expanded the family’s tradition with the opening of Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, North Carolina. The new restaurant keeps the integrity of the region’s traditional BBQ intact, with no freezers and a detached pit house turning out freshly smoked meats. In 2019, Jones’ first cookbook, Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue, was published, preserving the pitmaster’s passion for the craft and the legacy his home state’s cuisine.

2020 Artist Lineup

March // Southern Baked Pie Company

Amanda Wilbanks

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April // Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Drew Holcomb

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May // Hardywood Brewery

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

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August // Award-Winning Author

Cassandra King Conroy

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December // Dorothy Shain Contemporary Art

Dorothy Shain

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