Archive for the ‘Coastal NC Visual Arts’ Category

Dare County Arts Council Celebrates Its 25th birthday at this Year’s Artrageous Art Extravaganza in Kill Devil Hills, NC – Sept. 27, 2014

September 18, 2014

The Dare County Arts Council celebrates its 25th birthday at this year’s Artrageous Art Extravaganza. The annual, community-wide, family-friendly celebration of the arts, is sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council and PNC Bank and features creative hands-on art activity booths for kids, youth art, live music, professional artists show and sell, live art demos, great food and more. The Extravaganza takes place at the Dare County Parks and Recreation Center in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 10am to 3pm. Proceeds benefit arts education and other cultural arts programs in the community as well as the Artrageous Scholarship Fund which awards one scholarship to a graduating senior from each of Dare County’s high schools.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, this event could not have become the community tradition that it is without the support of corporate sponsors like PNC Bank, who is proud to bring back some of the legendary artists from the 10×10 Collaborative Art Project in which ten artists shared in the creation of ten works of art. “PNC recognizes that the arts are critical to the social and economic fabric of our communities,” said Brendan Medlin, PNC’s Nags Head branch manager.  “We are pleased to support Artrageous and the Dare County Arts Council, providing the community with access to this fun and unique experience with the arts.”

Recently, several of these first-class artists gathered at the Dare County Arts Council to reminisce about the early years of Artrageous and to plan for this year’s event. Steve Andrus, the creative mind behind the 10×10 Project, says that his vision came from an experiment that he did with a friend where they each took turns painting on the same canvas. The idea was then expanded to help the Dare County Arts Council in its early years. Collaborator and local artist, Glenn Eure adds, “The first year of Artrageous, we created ten paintings in an afternoon, and I auctioned them out of the back of a pick up truck — people couldn’t wait to buy them.”

TOP – Glenn Eure (one of the original 10×10 artists), Bob Muller (Bryan Cultural Series), Fay Davis Edwards (DCAC Gallery Director, will paint on behalf of Dawn Enochs, one of the orginal 10×10 artists), Chris Haltigan (one of the original 10×10 artists) and Steve Andrus (one of the original 10×10 artists); BOTTOM – Kip Tabb (DCAC President), Laura Howard (DCAC Volunteer Coordinator), Stephen Weeks (PNC Manteo Branch Manager), Linda Porter (co-chair for the first Artrageous in 1990), Chris Sawin (DCAC Executive Director), Martha Butcher (2014 Artrageous co-chair), Ginny Flowers (2014 Artrageous co-chair), Brendan Medlin (PNC Nags Head Branch Manager)

The 10×10 project will feature a posthumous work from former Mayor of Nags Head, Don Bryan, who began a painting last year prior to his passing. His legacy will be carried on as several artists work together to complete the piece, which was donated by The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series. Bob Muller of the Bryan Cultural Series says, “Our Board was very pleased to donate Don’s last unfinished work to support the Arts Council. Don was a big supporter of DCAC and really helped get Artrageous off the ground in the early 1990s.”

The original 10×10 artists were Steve Andrus, Glenn Eure, Chris Haltigan, Betty Haskins, James Melvin, John de la Vega, Dawn Enochs, Don Bryan, Denver Lindley and Cecilia Ann Hill, some of whom will be participating in this year’s installment.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information on the 25th Annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza, please visit ( Interested parties may also stay up to date on other upcoming events and programs by following the Dare County Arts Council on Facebook at (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Presents “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art – Oct. 12, 2014

September 18, 2014


The Transylvania Community Arts Council, in Brevard, NC, will host a fall fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, entitled  “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art. The event will be held from 5pm – 8pm at the new restaurant, JAIME’S, located inside the Old Grover’s Building at 44 East Main Street. Tickets are only $55 and are on sale now at Number 7 Arts on Main St. and at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard (TC Arts Council).

Tickets bearers receive heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jaime Hernandez, two glasses of wine from Broad Street Wines or craft beer from Brevard Brewing. There will be live artist demonstrations, and silent and live auctions. The silent auction includes artwork, chairs and more. Keith Dragt, co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques is our (trained) guest auctioneer and will sell off a juried selection of chairs and furniture.

Chair Transformed by local artist Adrienne Casteen of Number 7 Arts

Jaime’s menu for this special evening includes; delectable duck & andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya with cajun rice, New Orleans barbecue shrimp & grits, a carving station, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, his famous crawfish cheesecake with a cheese & charcuterie display. For dessert, there will be scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce & raspberries, baked brie en croute with bourbon caramel & fresh berries and petite fours.

Start shopping the chairs that have been transformed by local artists now while they are displayed throughout downtown Brevard and the surrounding area and look in the shop windows. Merchants that donated window space so far are: Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, D.D. Bullwinkel’s, Be-Tique, Moose Tracks, Ginger M Salon, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Roost, Fox Hollow, Mountain Quilts, Spice it to a Tea, Proper Pot, Drew Deane Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Number 7 Arts Gallery, Lilly T’s, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Cherry Tree, Pink Flamingo, Underground Salvage, Theophilus, Kiwi Gelato, Baby Ink, Main Street Ltd., United Community Bank, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Grateful Dog, and Benjamin Moore Paint Store. They will also be online at, click on Chair Auction.

Generous local artists have donated their time and talent to transform these chairs into artwork; Christine Kosiba, Drew Deane, Ellen Stinchcomb, BJ Winchester, Katy Rosenberg, Isabelle Von Losch, Mike Tiddy, Adrienne Casteen, Donna Allstaedt, Donna Hunter, Kitty Edwards, Lori Roberts, Margo Evans, Barbara Burkhart, Sacha Barnett, Elaine Bailey, Donna Ross, Tom McGow, Kay Tiddy, Barbara Hawk, Russell Newton, Jacki Walker, Sheri Walters, Barbara Bowers, Penny Mann, Lisa Fraker, Linda Lube, Lin Cotton, Ea Dossey, Francine Menor, Donna Rickard, Elizabeth Colvin, Carol Jerome Moorman, Ammie Orr, Sue Giordano, Cynthia Zimmerman, Amber Steed, Rose Camp, Becky Young, Transylvania Vocational Services and more.

Silent auction items have been donated by local artists and businesses. Donators include: Pure Pets, Healthy Harvest, Oskar Blues, Be Boutique, Suzie Knapp, Brian Kuehn, Joe Bruneau, Carlene Jerome, Melissa Kooker, Tom McGow, Francine Menor, Barbara Sammons, Sharyn Fogel, Ann Zelle, Nancy Shoemaker, Paula Poad, Carol Moorman, Amber Steed, Lucy Rodes, Paul Thomas, Hugh Tucker, Russell Newton and many more.

Major Event Sponsors include: Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Steve Owen & Associates, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Brewing, Lynne C. Joyce – Leadership First, Co. and Jaime’s Restaurant located at 44 East Main Street. Business Sponsors include: Sunset Motel, Highland Books, United Community Bank, The Grateful Dog, Number 7 Arts, Theophilus, Brevard Insurance, Ginger M Salon, Roost, Fox Hollow, and Ernie’s Rock Shop, and local artist Sacha Barnett.

Organizers and committee members for the event include: Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins, Paul Thomas, Margo Evans, Suzie Knapp, Hesper Dickson, Joe Bruneau, Lynne C. Joyce and Kristin Kilpatrick.

The TC Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes all ARTS in Brevard & Transylvania County. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.

For more information call TC Arts at 828/884-2787 or visit (

Council for the Arts in Jacksonville, NC, Offers Soup in a Bowl – Oct. 18, 2014

September 6, 2014

This year, our popular 12th Annual Soup in a Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, from 11am – 1pm at the Council for the Arts at 826 New Bridge Street in Jacksonville, NC. Ten dollars buys a one-of-a-kind bowl designed by potters, such as: Ben Watford, Becky LaPadula and Nancy Newman and reserves your place at the table.  For the best selection, stop in early for your special bowl!

We are already compiling a list of home made soups. We usually have around twenty different selections; everyone finds a “must have” recipe. There are always quite a few gourmet selections, courtesy of the many talented chefs who donate their inventive creations. It is the creativity of all the participants that makes this event so superior. Last year we had twenty five soups and eight different breads and cookies. Try as many as you wish.

Check out our web site at ( and click on the soup link to see current soups.

Enjoy delicious soups, breads, entertainment and, of course, super company. Call 910/455-9840 for more information.

“State of the Art/Art of the State” Returns to the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC – Sept. 19, 2014

August 17, 2014

A simple idea, a call to artists 18 years or older who live in or are native to the state of North Carolina to bring in 1 piece of art to the Cameron Art Museum, in Wilmington, NC, within a 24-hour period of time for inclusion in the exhibition “State of the Art/Art of the State”, no jurors, no fees. They would also meet a significant, contemporary art curator.

In the spring of 2011 the call went out. And then, the day arrived, May 6, 2011. Logistics dictated that artwork would be received starting at 5pm. Artists began arriving at the front door of the museum at 10:30am appearing anxious to get in and have their work included in the exhibition. They waited, patiently, in the museum and out of the rain holding their personal artwork for hours. They waited with the other 614 artists. They talked about the piece of art they brought with them and where they traveled from. They shared stories, made new friends, listened to impromptu music playing and waited for the doors to the Hughes Wing at the Cameron Art Museum to open.

Work was received, quickly curated and hung, but by 3am exhibition staff wondered where all of the work would be placed as it appeared as though there may not have been enough wall or floor space. Accommodations were made and all 614 pieces together became a representation of the state’s artists in “State of the Art/Art of the State”.

And now, Cameron Art Museum is opening up the call again for participation in this state-wide, premier event “happening” on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 starting at 12pm until Saturday, Sept, 20, 2014 at 12pm. Current curators for the 2014 “State of the Art/Art of the State” include, Peter Eleey: Curator at MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY. From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laura Hoptman: Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson: Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado.

Exhibition opening will be held on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6pm at the Cameron Art Museum. Details and additional information can be found at ( To see the “State of the Art/Art of the State” from 2011 visit (

Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists are invited to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period (between 12pm Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 and 12pm Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014). During this timeframe, a nationally renowned curator will be present to greet each artist and shake his/her hand. All participating curators will attend the exhibition opening on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6-9pm. The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators.

Upon arrival at the museum, artists must complete an exhibition entry form including contact and credit information. All work must be original. Paintings, mixed mediums, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia, original hand-made prints, photography and drawings are all examples of acceptable forms. There are some limitations and exclusions. Refer to the “State of the Art/Art of the State” web site, ( for complete details and the exhibition entry form. Space in the exhibition is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first serve basis.

This event pays homage to the open, creative curatorial spirit of the late art world maverick, Walter Hopps (1932-2005). In 1978, responding to a comment from his junior colleague, Deborah Velders (Jensen) about the problems artists face gaining access to notable curators, Walter Hopps conceived an entirely open, unmediated event to remedy the situation. His program invited any artist to bring a single work of art, to meet Hopps, and see installation of work. This event called “36 Hours” occurred in a gritty, street-level alternative space called MOTA (Museum of Temporary Art), located in downtown Washington, DC. There was no jurying, no selection (or rejection), and no entry fee. The only restrictions were size, weight, and the delivery time frame (36 hours). This unprecedented opportunity for artists was covered by the Washington Post, and attracted over 400 works of art, all by artists living and working in the Washington, DC, area.

ABOUT THE CURATORS FOR 2014 State of the Art/Art of the State

Peter Eleey – Curator at MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY.  From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. At the Walker Art Center, Mr. Eleey organized the exhibitions “The Talent Show”, 2010); “The Quick and the Dead”, 2009: and “Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing”, 2008. Prior to joining the Walker, Mr. Eleey was Curator and Producer at Creative Time, New York from 2002 to 2007, where he organized a wide range of multidisciplinary projects and events, including “Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers”, 2007, which was commissioned jointly with The Museum of Modern Art and co-curated with Klaus Biesenbach. Other major projects included “Mike Nelson: A Psychic Vacuum”, 2007, a site-specific installation at the Essex Street Market co-organized with Nato Thompson; “Strange Powers”, 2006, a group exhibition highlighting works made to have a paranormal effect on the world co-organized with Laura Hoptman; “The Plain of Heaven”, 2005, an exhibition in a vacant meatpacking warehouse inspired by the redesign of the “High Line; Jenny Holzer: For the City”, 2004, a series of airplane banners over the Hudson river and light projections at sites around the New York; and “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Light Cycle”, 2003, a pyrotechnic event in Central Park.

Laura Hoptman – Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY. Since joining the museum she has organized “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language”, a group exhibition of contemporary art, “Carol Bove: The Equinox”; “Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly”, a mid career survey of the work of the Los Angeles painter Henry Taylor at MoMA/PS 1 (with Peter Eleey) and “Isa Genzken: Retrospective” (with Sabine Breitwieser). Previously, she was Senior Curator at the New Museum where she organized “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century”, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” and monographic exhibitions on Tomma Abts, Elizabeth Peyton, Brion Gysin and George Condo. In 2004-05 she was the director of the “54th Carnegie International”, and in an earlier incarnation as a drawing curator at MoMA from 1996 to 2002, she curated the first US museum exhibitions of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, and Luc Tuymans among others. In 1997, at MoMA she was the co curator (with Lynn Zelevansky) of “Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama”, a show that reintroduced Kusama to international audiences and in 2002, she organized “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions”, a landmark exhibition of contemporary figurative drawing. Currently, Hoptman is organizing a group exhibition on the subject of contemporary painting, and a mid career survey of the Cologne artist Kai Althoff. She is also part of the curatorial team organizing a retrospective of the work of Bruce Conner.

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson – Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO. Zuckerman Jacobson joined the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) as Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In this position, she continues to be charged with oversight of all aspects of the museum’s guiding vision and mission, strategic planning, administrative policy and decision-making endeavors, and the institution’s curatorial and educational programmatic practices. Zuckerman Jacobson’s curatorial projects at the AAM include major one-person exhibitions with Yutaka Sone, Pedro Reyes, Jeremy Deller, Aïda Ruilova, Friedrich Kunath, Mai-Thu Perret, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Jim Hodges, Peter Coffin, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Bradford, Sergej Jensen, Mamma Andersson, Stephen Shore, Huma Bhabha, Slater Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Lucio Fontana, Monika Sosnowska, Rob Pruitt, Hayley Tompkins, Lorna Simpson and others – many in their first major US museum exhibitions or featuring important but lesser-known aspects of their artistic practice. Her exhibitions with Aïda Ruilova, Fred Tomaselli, and Sergej Jensen, as well as her co-curated exhibition “Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences /Documented Assignments”, have traveled to other major museums including, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, CAM Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO, The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi.

For additional information about the museum, please visit (

Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Offers Sip ‘n See with Sarah Bolduc – Aug. 25, 2014

August 14, 2014


The Halifax County Arts Council’s August Sip ‘n See will be held on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, from 6-8pm, and it will feature “The Art of Sarah Bolduc”.  Sip ‘n See is a free event that is open to the public. Wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments are served as part of this evening.

Work by Sarah Bolduc

The event will take place at The Gallery of the Halifax County Arts Council, located at 1027 Roanoke Avenue in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

For more information contact the Halifax County Arts Council by phone at 252/532-2571; by e-mail at (; visit (; or our Facebook page at Halifax County Arts Council.

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, is Offering Two Free Art Demos – Aug. 26 and Aug. 27, 2014

August 13, 2014


Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, will offer two more artist demonstrations in August. The events are free and no reservations are required:

Watercolor demo with Pat White on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 1 – 3pm


Pottery demo with Joe & Tonda Jeffcoat on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from noon – 2pm

Joe Jeffcoat working

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional offers. A recently added Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910/575-5999.

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).


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