Archive for the ‘Coastal NC Visual Arts’ Category

Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc. Calls for Entries for “Upcycled Art Contest” in Jacksonville, NC – Deadline Extended to Apr. 24, 2014

April 8, 2014


The Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc. is calling for entries for “Upcycled Art Contest” an exhibition held at the 2014 Spring Arts and Crafts Show in Jacksonville, NC. The contect will be held on May 3, 2014. This competition is open to all artists working in any media and at all skill levels.

Artwork must incorporate reused or repurposed materials.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by a parent/guardian.
A photo of the artwork, entry form and fee must be submitted by April 4, 2014. Extended to April 24

Application and submission information is available at (

American Legion Building, 146 Broadhurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC

Friday 4/4/14—Entry form, photo(s) and fee due Deadline Extended to April 24
Friday 5/2/14 between 10am and 6pm —Artwork must be delivered to the American Legion Building at 146 Broadhurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC
Saturday 5/3/14 9am to 4pm—Exhibition of artwork open to the public for voting
Saturday 5/3/14 between 4pm and 6pm—Artwork must be picked up

Entry Fee:
$20.00 for one to two artworks entered
$5.00 fee for each additional artwork above two.
Payments can be made by credit card, check or cash. Make checks payable to CCAC Guild Inc.

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Amounts of cash awards will be determined by the number of entry fees collected. Winners are determined by visitor’s votes.

Show off how you turn used products and “trash” into an amazing piece of art for a chance to win cash prizes!

This event is devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of artists and to show how wasted materials can be reused and repurposed.

For further info call 910/938-7077 (leave a message); e-mail to ( or visit (

Cameron Art Museum Invites Community to Be a Curator for the Upcoming Exhibition “Wilmington Collects Art” – Voting Open Until Apr. 28, 2014

April 8, 2014

In the life of museums, it is the rare opportunity for the public to directly participate in the process of selecting artwork to be hung in a particular exhibition-until now. The Cameron Art Museum is inviting the public to participate as a curator in its first ever crowdsourced exhibition titled, “Wilmington Collects Art”. The exhibition has a central focus on one of its core collections of work by artists associated with Wilmington (both deceased and living). The public has an opportunity to view and vote online for their top picks for the exhibition from artwork by 52 artists represented in the online gallery.

Make your selections at (

Participants select and vote for (3) works from the gallery of fifty-two images. The twenty-five artworks with the most “votes” will be installed in the Claude Howell Gallery of the Cameron Art Museum Brown wing from May 2-June 1, 2014, with an opening reception on Friday May 2, from 6-8pm. The reception will be supported by live music performed by local artists, cash bar and food. All of the artists included are invited to attend the reception as honored guests along with complimentary admission to anyone who voted.  The entire collection of fifty-two artworks will also be shown in the exhibition via a digital gallery for visitors to enjoy.

Everyone is invited to select their top 3 favorite artworks from the selection of fifty-two artworks created by artists associated with Wilmington from CAM’s permanent collection.

1st: Register by including first name, last name and e-mail.
2nd: Click on the detail views in the gallery to see complete images, view individually or scroll through all at once.
3rd: Vote for top three selections. The voting ends Apr. 28 at 11:59pm, when all votes are tallied. Comments are encouraged.
4th: Upon logout votes are added.

For more information about the museum, please visit (

The Monthly ARTcrawl in New Bern, NC, Takes Place Mar. 14, 2014 – Opportunities Abound for Artists and Art Lovers

March 9, 2014

Setup in the Isaac Taylor Garden for ARTcrawl:
Many artists are already signed up to setup their creative wares in the Isaac Taylor Garden during ARTcrawl on Fri., Mar. 14, 2014, from 5 to 8pm. Meet our newest formation of artists such as Lynn Goodwin, Ed Vaupel, Gwen Lovett and Arden Lindsey. Our regular art attendees will also be participating including Elisa Schulman, Carol Jones, Jim Herring, Jon Derby, Brandy Baxter and Bridgette Swayne.

If you want to participate during any ARTcrawl, please e-mail to ( The following ARTcrawl is Apr. 11, 2014, always the second Friday of each month. As the weather shifts to warmer days, the events will draw hundreds upon hundreds of voyeurs to New Bern’s art scene. More details, click (

There are multiple opportunities in New Bern for artists:
Studio spaces, exhibit spaces & co-op galleries. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please e-mail to ( for more details.

• Three long-term exhibit booth spaces on Middle Street.
• Several long-term studio spaces on Middle Street and Pollock Street.
• Weekly exhibit space off Middle Street.
• Once-a-month $10 booth opportunities on Craven Street during monthly ARTcrawls.
• Once-a-month free booth opportunities with a local arts organization during ARTcrawls.
• There is a meeting on March 18th about a co-op gallery, if you are interested, e-mail to (
• An Annex Art Gallery of Greater Good Gallery is under consideration, which will likely be “the G3 annex” for $15 per month, with the 30/70 split commission to cover the cost of the venue. There is enough space for demonstrating with a couple of easels and teaching small classes. The only stipulations are: (1) that we need the commitment of  20 artists and (2) that we need a leader, someone to step up to the plate to coordinate this effort.
• A community bulletin board is under way which will serve as a hub for dispersing creative information to tourists, artists and our neighbours. If you don’t have a business card, now is the time to illustrate a handful with your contact information.

Painting by Chris Wagner of local potter Ben Alden Watford

Get your chance to win for only one dollar:
Win a painting by Chris Wagner of local potter Ben Alden Watford. The canvas is 24″x36 and will be raffled to one lucky art appreciator during a Summer ARTcrawl. Tickets will be sold at CAW’s headquarters, home of Greater Good Gallery and at the studio of Michaele’ Rose Watson. Get your chance to win for only $1 a ticket, or an arm’s length for $10. We’ll likely post a chance to win online too, so our far-away art-groupies can join in the fun. The funds will benefit Community Artist Will. Stay tuned for details.

Ben Watford’s Pottery fundraiser for CAW:
Chris Wagner’s painting (details above) is a documentation of ARTcrawl in bohemian fashion featuring the itinerant potter, Ben Alden Watford, who demonstrates his craft tirelessly to inspire people of all ages to become creative. Watford will setup a pottery table at both Isaac Taylor Garden and the Studio of Michaele’ Rose Watson. The pottery will be available for as little as two dollars each, though more will always be appreciated.

For more details about the monthly ARTcrawls in New Bern, visit (

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, has Gallery Artist, Louis Aliotta, Selected for SC State Park Artist in Residence Program

February 19, 2014

Photographer Louis Aliotta of Southport, NC, has been awarded a space in the 2014 Artist in Residence program of the South Carolina State Park Service. According to park manager, Harry Hafer, the placement committee was “extremely pleased with the quality of artists that applied this year. This quality made the final selection a tough decision for the jurors.”


The program includes a one week stay in a fully furnished park cabin on South Carolina’s Dreher Island, where Aliotta will be inspired by the nature trails, fishing spots, recreational activities and shoreline of Lake Murray.

Aliotta first became interested in photography at the age of 14. As a staff photographer for his high school yearbook and student newspaper, he gained experience shooting candid photographs, portraits, sports images and group photos. It was during this time that he began to study and work under master photographer John Freni.

After a stint in the Navy, where he served as photographer’s mate, he returned home to Poughkeepsie, NY, and spent the next five years working in commercial photography. Eventually losing interest in the commercial aspects of photography, he began working as a custom picture framer while he also pursued a more relaxed form of photography. Says Aliotta, “Custom framing exposed me to a variety of fine art and techniques used by artists and photographers. It really gave me the opportunity to experiment and refine my technical and artistic abilities.”

In 1983, Aliotta opened his own gallery and framing business, Framecenter/Hudson River Graphics. The gallery showcased photography of New York’s majestic Hudson Valley. After several visits to North Carolina, he relocated to Southport in 2005 and began a new portfolio of images that include the Cape Fear region and the Carolina coast. Aliotta is known for has panoramic photographs of harbor scenes, wild flowers and coastal images. In addition to photographing whatever moves him, he also photographs artwork at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery, where he has worked as the staff photographer and custom framer since 2007. Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “Lou has a special eye for composing local landmark scenes that stand out both for their photographic quality and their emotional appeal.”

Photographic works by Louis Aliotta are on display at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash (910/575-5999) and also at Art Shak Studo and Gallery in Southport (910/457-1757).

New Bern, NC’s Valentine ARTcrawl Takes Place on Feb. 14, 2014

February 11, 2014

Love of art is in the air during the Valentine ARTcrawl on Feb. 14, 2014, from 5-8pm. Stroll through galleries, exhibits, shops and performance venues to see the arrival of creatives feats, interactive art measures and live performances in historic downtown New Bern.


On Craven Street

Greater Good Gallery presents a one-night-exhibit of “Raw Reflections” displaying life drawings, sculpture and paintings of the human form, not suitable for all ages. See the figurative work of Brandy Baxter, Se’rah Cheatam, Rachel Wheeler, Donna York, Becky Coleman, Jerry Scott, Lee Hood, Marvin Maune, Bernice Abraham, Becky Preece and more artists. For details, call 252/649-1712. See the soaring light sculptures by Stan Harmon in the Isaac Taylor Garden. Betsy Drake and R. B. Hamilton open their door to feature realistic renderings of scenes from their travels on home decor items. See handmade crafts by Joyce Kotting Basye and Ross Sinfield at Mitchell Hardware. Reserve studio time to paint your own pottery at Accidental Artist, call 252/634-3411. Top Shelf Consignment showcases artwork by Kathleen Bailey and handmade jewelry by other artists.

On South Front Street

Gracing the walls of Next Chapter Bookstore are local photographer Gary Hollar’s  beautiful landscapes, “Chasing the Light in the Carolinas.”

On Pollock Street

Visit Baxter’s Studio to view many artisans working in their studios including GeeVee Meyer. See the raku pottery bears by Mitch Lewis and Jim Bisbee at Baxter’s Fine Art. Handmade by students, valentine’s cards are featured at Carolina Creations. Robert Daniels’s artwork exhibit and Wine Tasting at Galley Store.

On Middle Street

MJ’s Raw Bar features canvas art installation by Scott Coleman. Maxwell House Studio Gallery has an open reception for the works of Marvin and Dietrich Maune. See the Civil War limited editions at Framing Fox Art Gallery. See the hand-crafted work of Rose Ann Schank and Grant Harrison at Midtown Olive Oil. Grand opening reception of Antiquery Gallery will be held at its new location on 219 Middle Street. Bear City Fudge Co showcases works of art representing sweets. Blaine Kruger will be giving a painting demonstration at The Boathouse.

Near the corner of Broad and Middle Streets

See the pottery by Michelle DePietro and paintings by Pamela Anne Johnson at Cheshire Moon Gallery, and ask for a tour of Artists Nest where Lee Hood and Brandy Baxter setup their studios. The young generation of BOHO presents a family-friendly “Overwhelming Force of Love Exhibit” and “1920’s Speakeasy” in the Atrium between Bear Towne Java and Cheshire Moon Gallery.  Bear Towne Java features the works of Ron Lamm. Studio Four-Thirteen Interior Design and Art Gallery is open to showcase the works of artists Ed Macomber and Laura Overman.

“Make a Bead, take a Bead” in bohemian fashion with interactive opportunities at the studio of Michaele Rose Watson, behind Bear Towne Java. Come and make a bead or two or three and take a finished bead. By December 2014 BoHo/ArtCrawl, you will have 12 beads. Ben Watford, will setup a pottery fundraiser to benefit Community Artist Will which recently was recognized by the IRS as a 501C3 nonprofit organization. CAW promotes the effort of all creative folk and offers opportunities for people to become creative. At both Greater Good Gallery and the Studio of Michaele Rose Watson, some of Ben’s pottery will be for sale for as little as two dollars each in an effort to raise funds for CAW’s upcoming bisque-ware activity for the elderly.

Later in the evening

Be entertained at Trent River Coffee to catch Gumbo Lily featuring the music by Pegie Douglas, Rebecca Marks, Bobby Chandler and Rex Hawkins, starting at 7pm. Try your hand in painting starting at 7pm at Bear Hands Art Factory, details call 252/514-2787. Become a rockstar during Karaoke starting at 8pm in Christophe’s Lounge at the Doubletree. “The Color Purple” theatrical performance starts at 7:30pm in the Civic Theatre. Call for details about the Valentine Dance at Rivertowne Ballroom on 305 Pollock St., call 252/637-2003.

Early in the day

Antique Show & Sale 10am-5pm at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center raffles a miniature bakery store box crafted and donated by the Tiny Tinkers of New Bern in memory of Joanne Weinberg.

For an online map of the ARTcrawl, visit ( or stop by the CAW headquarters at 228 Craven Street to pick up a copy.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Entries for the “32nd Annual Spring Art Show” – Online Entry Begins Jan. 13, 2014

January 10, 2014


The upcoming Wilmington Art Association (WAA) “2014 Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” will mark the 32nd anniversary for the art show.  The WAA is a non-profit organization which seeks to educate members and the public in the fine arts, provide scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and provide an outlet for emerging and professional artists.  The upcoming event will be held Friday, April 11– Sunday, April 13 during the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The WAA is excited to announce the addition of three-dimensional (3-D) art to this year’s show.  Three-dimensional work may be executed in any medium to include metal, ceramic, glass, wood, paper, and mixed media. WAA expects that this addition will be a tremendous opportunity for regional 3-D artists as well as provide visitors with an additional visual experience.  The Show is expected to attract more than 300 artists from across the Southeast with over 150 artists selected to display their work.

Online entry will begin Monday, January 13, 2014.

The Show will once again be held in the Hannah Block Historical USO Building/Community Art Center, 120 South Second St. Wilmington, NC.
This year, WAA welcomes Bob Rankin as the juror/judge for the Show. Rankin earned his BS Degree in Art Education from East Carolina University in 1971.  He also studied at NC State University’s School of Design and the American Institute of Foreign Study in London. His career as an art educator spanned more than 25 years in the Wake County Public Schools.  Additionally, he served as the Co-Chairman of the NC Art Education Association, Secondary Division from 1982-1985. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen, and Marrakesh among other national and international cities. Rankin has received numerous awards including East Carolina University Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the “Secondary Art Educator of the Year” by the NC Art Education Association, and the “Raleigh Medal of Arts” in 1992. He is a seven-time winner of the “Best Spectator/Metro Magazine Best Artist in the Triangle.” The National Scholastic Art Awards Organization recognized him as the creator of one of the nation’s premier high school art programs. He currently maintains active studios in Raleigh, NC, and Leesville Lake, VA, as well as conducts art workshops across the country and in Italy.

For further information, please visit (

ARTcrawl in Downtown New Bern, NC, Takes Place Jan. 10, 2014

January 5, 2014

ARTcrawl will take place on January 10, 2014, starting at 5pm in downtown New Bern, NC, with visual arts, performances and creative demonstrations.

Scott Coleman acrylic painting titled “SURFS UP” at MJs Raw Bar

On Middle Street, see the canvas art installation of Scott Coleman at MJ’s Raw Bar. Coleman says, “The acrylic painting sequence is an expression of the spiritual journal of life, a zen symphony in blue. This is my wave.” Titled, “Surf’s Up,” the work of art is dedicated to Brian Wilson, the original beach boy. The Maune’s will be opening their newest venture to the public, see their works of art at Maxwell House Studio. Framing Fox will be displaying civil war art. Blaine Kruger will be at The Boat House, painting boats on navigational charts.

Artist Carol Jones’ oil painting of giraffe at Greater Good Gallery

On Craven Street, stop by Trent River Coffee to see new works by Se’rah Cheatham and Tessie Ann Adams. Drake Interiors will be showcasing artwork on home decor. At Greater Good Gallery, Carol Jones will be demonstrating the skills of oil painting. In attendance, more artisans will hold creative demos such as Alice Bilello, Lee Hood, James Herring and Elisa Schulman. See the soaring light sculptures by Stan Harman in the Isaac Taylor Garden.

On Pollock Street, check out working artisans such as Dee Mayer and Jill Eberle in their studios at Baxters Fine Art Gallery.

Ed Macomber’s en plain air water-color painting of the original bohemian artists at the studio of Michaele Rose Watson

Find the Bohemian artists scattered around town. See the bohemian artists in action at Bear Towne Java hosting Lilly Stith, Braedon Welsh, Beth Gosnell, Mattie Cordio, and Sarah Thrasher as they demonstrate their various crafts and art. Visit the original site of bohemian artists at the studio of Michaele Rose Watson to see Ben Watford throwing clay pots. Around the corner on Broad Street, see new works by Ed Macomber in Studio 413.

Further into the evening, Artcrawl continues on with performances. Ratio Theatre will be presenting “CLYBOURNE PARK ” a black and white comedy starting at 8pm in the Cullman Performance Hall at the history centre. Become a performing artist at Christophe’s Lounge in the Doubletree to sing KARAOKE, for details call 252/638-0305. See a concert by Dana and Susan Robinson at 8pm at Trent River Coffee. Enjoy the international film series, “As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me” at 7:30pm in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Open Dance Party will start at 7:30pm at Rivertowne Ballroom, call 252/637-2003 for details. Watch the play “The Underpants” in Athens Theatre starting at 7:30pm by New Bern Civic Theatre, call 252/633-0567 for details.

To see the google map of the ARTcrawl in action, visit ( or call 252/649-1712 for details.

The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women Present “The Art and Heart of Philanthropy” – Jan. 14, 2014 at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC

December 31, 2013


The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women, in Charleston, SC, are pleased to announce “The Art and Heart of Philanthropy” discussion and luncheon on Jan. 14, 2014, at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC. Panelists Laura Gates, Carolyn Hunter, Susan Romaine, and Anita Zucker will talk with moderator Jane Perdue about the art of giving back.

“We are so thankful to the distinguished panelists and the moderator, Jane Perdue, for their participation in this important event. Nonprofits exist because of the generosity of philanthropic people and through collaboration that strengthens a community,” says Center for Women Executive Director Amy Brennan. “We are excited to work with the Gibbes Museum of Art and know that these women will be an inspiration for us all.”

Speaker Bios:

Laura Gates: Board President of the Carolina Art Association/Gibbes Museum of Art, Mrs. Gates is the former Vice President of the Field Museum of Natural History and Principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Carolyn Hunter: President of C&A Unlimited, Ms. Hunter is the owner of three local McDonald’s franchises.

Susan Romaine: A nationally recognized artist, Ms. Romaine is represented by galleries in Charleston, SC, and Santa Fe, NM.

Anita Zucker: Chairperson and CEO for the InterTech Group, Mrs. Zucker is past Board Chair of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Coastal Community Foundation, Trident United Way, and Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston among others.

Jane Perdue: CEO/Principal of Braithwaite Innovation Group, Ms. Perdue is a leadership futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about challenging stereotypes and gender bias. Ms. Perdue is president of the Board of Directors for the Charleston, SC Center for Women.

Schedule of Events:

Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30am followed by a panel discussion at 11am. Continue the conversation over a delicious lunch at Jasmine’s Porch. The Wells Gallery will host a champagne social following lunch.


$75 (includes presentation, luncheon, and a $50 tax-deductible contribution to the Gibbes Museum and the Center for Women). Registrations are accepted on the Center for Women website at (, or please call 843/763-7333. Advance registration required.

Thank you to the following sponsors: JMC Charleston, Kiawah Fine Jewelry, RTW Charleston, Wells Gallery, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The Center for Women is an educational resource and nonpartisan advocate for enhancing South Carolina women’s economic growth and personal development to encourage success – personally and professionally – every day, every way. Through programs, workshops and special events we assist over 6,000 people annually!

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is Calling for Entries for the “32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” – Deadline Mar. 3, 2014

December 18, 2013


Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is calling for entries for the “32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale”,  to be held April 11-13, 2014. The deadline for entry is Mar. 3, 2014 at midnight.

Each spring during the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) presents its “Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale”. This year, we are celebrating our 32nd year. The WAA is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate members and the public in the fine arts, provide scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and provide an outlet for emerging and professional artists.

The Show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit ORIGINAL two-dimensional (2-D) work to include painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, and mixed media, and three-dimensional (3-D) work.

The WAA welcomes Bob Rankin as the juror/judge for the 2014 WAA Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. Rankin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from East Carolina University in 1970. Following his graduation, he studied at NC State University’s School of Design and the American Institute of Foreign Study in London. His career as an art educator spanned more than 25 years at Sanderson High School in Wake County. In addition to teaching, he served as the Co-Chairman of the NC Art Education Association, Secondary Division from 1982-1985. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen, and Marrakesh – among other national and international cities. Rankin has received many awards, which include the East Carolina University Alumni Association 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the “Secondary Art Educator of the Year” by the NC Art Education Association, Seven-time winner of the “Best Spectator/Metro Magazine Best Artist in the Triangle”, and the “Raleigh Medal of Arts” in 1992. The National Scholastic Art Awards Organization also recognized him as the creator of one of the nation’s premier high school art programs. He currently maintains active studios in Raleigh, NC, and Leesville Lake, VA, as well as conducts art workshops across the country and in Italy.

Monetary and merchandise awards are in excess of $4000.

To download the complete prospectus visit (

The Holiday ARTcrawl in New Bern, NC, Will Take place Dec. 13, 2013

December 6, 2013

The Holiday ARTcrawl in New Bern, NC, will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, as many locations in downtown New Bern will extend their hours into the evening from 5pm to 8pm.

On Craven Street, see the creative escapades of Lee Hood, James Herring, Mary Ann Horn, Daniel Evan Weddle, Meg Wethington, Stan Harmon, Se’rah Cheatham, Lisa Bisbee-Lentz, Brandy Baxter and more artists in the Isaac Taylor Garden on 228 Craven St. The artists will be demonstrating creativity in bohemian fashion with patio heaters to keep the chill away.

Watch creative demos inside the Greater Good Gallery by Alice Bilello, Elisa Schulman, and Carol Jones. See new works by Sam Love, Earl Mills, Ashley McDaniel, Sue Lawrence, Tim Darr, Jon Derby, Ben Watford and more. The gallery is full of artwork by more than seventy artists including Norm Robbins, Corinne Corr, Jennifer Delamar-Goss, Karen Dodd and Curt Wright! And if you haven’t yet, here is your chance to buy local jazz: Andrea Owen’s CD of music at 228 Craven St.

Betsy Drake & R. B. Hamilton Designs will showcase their painted decor. Find handmade potter by Joyce Kotting Basye and Ross’ handmade candles plus hundreds of gift items at Mitchell Hardware on 215 Craven St. Two-for-one Studio Fee from 5-9pm at Accidental Artist on 219A Craven St. For reservations call 252/634-3411. See Kathleen Bailey’s paintings at Top Shelf Consignment, open until 6pm, 206 Craven St.

Robert Daniels’s artwork exhibit and Wine Tasting at Galley Store, 5pm to 7pm at 300 E. Front St., 252/633-4648

On S. Front Street, Joni Aldrich’s family photography is featured at Next Chapter Bookstore on 320 S. Front St.

On Pollock Street, artist Dillon Gunn will give a “creative painting demonstration” at Ribeye’s restaurant, 313 Pollock St. See art and hand-crafted gifts! At Carolina Creations, 317-A Pollock St., our “Make this a Hand Crafted Holiday” show continues with hand crafted and hand blown ornaments, jewelry, paintings and clay by gallery artists. Including ornaments by Felix Kniazev, Lisa Oakley, Rick and Val Beck, Clayton Dickson, Peter Newton, and Teresa Thibault and others. A beautiful collection of hand crafted Nativities have been created by Steven Wise, Terre Christensen, Sandra McKenzie Schmidt, Sara Meadows and Clayton Dickson. New ceramics include potters Shayne Greco, Hamilton Williams, Geoffrey Lloyd, Paul and Sheila Ray and Tonda and Joe Jeffcoat. New paintings are by Jan Francoeur, Pat Holscher, Maggie Arndt, Robert Rigsby, Sally Anger and others.

Fine Art at Baxters Gallery, 323 Pollock St., showcases “Gifts under 100” reception. Plus see new artwork by Jim Bisbee, Michaelé Rose Watson, Donna Slade, Martha Williams, Vicki Vitale and sixty more artists. In Baxter’s studios, browse the studios of working artisans including Sandy Bruno, GeeVee Meyers, Maggie Peacock, Jill Eberle, Candace Young, Pat Tencza, Janet Jaworski, Pat Eglinton, Donna Slade, Barbara Hesketh, Nada Bear, Dee Mayer, Audry Cushman and  Justin Bernel.

On Middle Street the forecast is stormy as Downtown Merchants create SNOW in Bear Plaza from 6-8pm. Blaine Kruger is painting at The Boathouse on 220 Middle St. Ask about Butch Miller’s photos of “New Bern Skyline”, Maritime Limited Edition Prints by Len Tantillo and fine art collectibles exhibited at Framing Fox Art Gallery on 217 Middle St. It’s an open house at Maxwell House Studio! Dietrich, Marvin & Linda Maune, 119 Middle St.

News Flash! Artist Jane E. Whitten announces her newest venture to host artists’ exhibits behind Bear Towne Java, where New Bern Artworks previously resided on 323B Middle St. Call to Artists: rent the space for your own solo exhibit, for info phone 252/557-9783. For the ARTcrawl, Whitten kindly offered her space to host some of the Bohemian Artists such as Sarah Thrasher, Mattie Coridio, Rachel Wheeler, Beth Gosnell, Sara Elizabeth Arje, Dan Wilson, Braedon Welsh. See creative demonstrations and the process of hand-crafting wares! Plus the girl scouts will be singing x-mas carols!

On Broad Street, Sandy Slaughter represents artists Ed Macomber & Laura Overman  at Studio Four-Thirteen Interior Design & Art on 413 Broad St. See more bohemian artists in action at Michaelé Rose Watson’s little yellow studio in the parking lot behind Bear Towne Java. The bohos will be potting, painting, sketching, and poetry reading! Meet Chris Wagner, Ben Watford, Earl Mills, Donatella Cristoforetti, Ed Macomber, Sam Love, Janice Peterson, Rachel Wheeler, Scott Coleman, and Michaelé Rose Watson.

Even further into the evening during ARTcrawl, “Fools Rush In” Live Jazz Music and Open Dance at Rivertowne Ballroom 305 Pollock St. from 7-10pm, details call 252/637-2003. Become an artist as you sing your heart out with KARAOKE at Christophe’s Lounge in the Doubletree at 8pm on 100 Middle Street. The trio of Lynn Philyaw, Liz Philyaw & Hank Barbee perform as “Belle Vici” in Trent River Coffee Co at 7:30pm on 208 Craven Street. Ratio Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Justen Nast at Craven Community College (New Bern Campus) Orringer Auditorium, 800 College Court at 7pm.  Buy tickets at Ratio Theatre Box office on 901 Pollock St. or call 252-626-0358.

Not up for walking? Sing your heart out while Christmas Caroling on board the Christmas Bear Trolley Tour, 5:30pm and 7:30pm. To Reserve your spot, call 252/637-7316.

ARTcrawl through the landmarks and showcases of art exhibits, live performances and artisan demos on the second Friday of Every Month! More info and map at ( or call 252/649-1712.


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