Archive for the ‘New Bern NC Visual Arts’ Category

Craven Arts Council and Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Entries for “Safe from the Storm: Memories of Florence” – Deadline August 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

The Craven Arts Council and Gallery in New Bern, NC, is calling for entries for “Safe from the Storm: Memories of Florence,” an exhibition for the one year anniversary of Hurricane Florence’s landfall in North Carolina, its effects, and the reconstruction afterwards. The exhibition is free to enter and will take place in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 1, 2019.

In September 2018 Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Southeastern United States, resulting in widespread flooding of homes and businesses, hundreds of thousands of power outages, extensive agricultural damage, and the deaths of more than 30 people. In the aftermath of the storm local communities began the long process of rebuilding with the support of neighbors and thousands across the country donating time, money, and supplies to help those affected. Eastern North Carolina and New Bern in particular were an epicenter of the storm surge and resulting damage, affecting everyone in our community.

For the one year anniversary of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, Craven Arts Council & Gallery will host “Safe from the Storm: Memories of Florence,” an exhibition about the effects of the hurricane and the spirit of resiliency and support that emerged in our community. The exhibition is open to artists in a variety of disciplines, including visual, literary, dance, music, and more.

Artists are asked to read the submission guidelines at (cravenarts.org) and register before August 16, 2019. Brian Cardoza will also operate several workshops at the July Saturday Sessions for children to create 5’’x5’’ pieces for the exhibition.

Craven Arts Council will host an opening reception for the exhibition during the downtown New Bern Artwalk, on Sept. 13, from 5pm-8pm. The reception will feature visual arts on display, as well as opportunities for non-visual artists to present their writings, music, or dance submissions to the public. The exhibition will also offer alternate opportunities for non-visual artists to present their work as part of the exhibition, listed in the categories below.

“Safe From the Storm” will be operated in conjunction with Florence remembrance and recovery events operated by Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance, Artastico, FOLKS Journals and others.

For more information please contact Jonathan Burger, Marketing and Gallery Director, Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Inc. by calling 252/638-2577 or visit (www.cravenarts.org).

Craven Arts Council and the Arts Council of Carteret in Eastern, NC, Are Calling for Entries for “Inner Coast Woodworking and Quilting” – Deadline July 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

Craven Arts Council and the Arts Council of Carteret are calling for entries for “Inner Coast Woodworking and Quilting,” an exhibition highlight traditional craft in eastern North Carolina. Open to artists in seven counties, the exhibition will be in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts in New Bern, NC, from Aug. 7 through 31, 2019.

“Inner Coast Woodworking and Quilting” seeks to showcase the talent and creativity in traditional craft fields in eastern North Carolina. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years or older in Craven, Carteret, Pitt, Jones, Pamlico, and Onslow counties, with seven categories for different types of works. One judge for woodworking and one for quilting will distribute a total of twenty-one exhibition awards totaling $2000. Each artist may submit one piece for $10.

Due to space considerations, CAC&G may close the entry form before the listed deadline. This decision will be made based on submitted works and available space. Artists are encouraged to submit their works early to ensure inclusion in the exhibition.

For full guidelines and to submit please visit (www.cravenarts.org).

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Participation in Bern Garden Plein Air Event – Deadline May 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

Join us for the first ever ‘Bern Garden Plein Air Event” in New Bern, NC, from 9am to 1pm on May 18, 2019. This new event will feature artists of all mediums creating and designing new works inspired by the natural beauty of New Bern at three locations: Union Point Park, Tryon Palace Outer Gardens, and the Master Gardeners Cooperative Extension Garden. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply at (www.cravenarts.org) by May 10, 2019, to be a part of the event.

Organized by Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Carolina Creations, and the Craven County Master Gardener Association, the event is open to artists of all mediums and free for the public to attend. The artists will work on creations on site inspired by their surroundings at the three locations, with work on sale to the public. Artworks requiring drying/firing/finishing or other extended times will be offered for sale in the “wet paint” fashion common to other plein air events, allowing the customer to pay now and pick the work up at a later date when completed. Finished works by the artist will be featured in an exhibition at Carolina Creations June 14- June 29, 2019.

For more information please call 252/638-2577 or visit (www.cravenarts.org).

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Book Discussion on Dec. 9, 2016

December 6, 2016

The Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, will host a reception during ARTcrawl on Dec. 9, 2016 from 5-8pm at 228 Craven Street in New Bern, NC. Lisa Bisbee Lentz will be discussing the features of the upcoming book, “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina”. Lentz is working together with local potter/author Ben Alden Watford and digital artist, Jon Derby to compile the creative publication.

 

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Photo by Jon Darby

Derby announces, “We are calling all creative people including musicians, poets, crafters, artists, galleries, theatres, designers, etc. in eastern North Carolina to participate in the art history book.”

Watford explains the importance of the publication, “Civilizations are judged, not by their wars, not by their politics or their leaders but by the art that they produce. It is your privilege to inform the larger community and future generations of what you attempted to accomplish as an artist, who you are as a person and show all concerned samples of the art that you have produced. As designed, the books will explain who you are as an artist.”

If you would like to participate in the art history book, call 252/649-1712 or visit (http://www.greatergoodgallery.com/history-of-art-book.html).

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Book Launch

July 12, 2016

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for “My Little Plastic Bag” on Thursday July 14, 2016, at 5:30pm, at 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. Meet and greet the author and illustrator. Refreshements will be served.

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The book with text by local poet Sam Love and illustrator Samrae Duke tells the story of what happens to a plastic bag when a little girl throws it out the window. Through brightly colored illustrations a child can follow the plastic through the ecosystem into the ocean. Finally the chemicals in the plastic come back to Amy’s family in the fish her family eats.

The story is based on a poem by Sam Love that appeared in his poetry book, “Converging Waters” and in Duke University’s “Eno” magazine. “I get really angry when I see the plastic pieces that the mowers cut up on the side of the road and I wanted to create an educational book for young children that helps them understand there is no ‘away’,” according to Love.

“This book can be valuable to teach young people about the problems plastic trash creates in our aquatic environment,” says Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.
Diane MacEachern, publisher of the (BigGreenPurse.com) web site, says, “My Little Plastic Bag can help children understand how even a harmless action like throwing away a plastic bag can have serious consequences.”

“Plastic in our water is now epidemic,” states Love. He cites one United Nations estimate that every square mile of the ocean already contains 46,000 pieces of plastic and most of them are so small we can’t see them. “As the plastic is ingested by the fish and other wildlife,” Love says, “plastic chemicals can get into our food supply and affect our health.”

Love believes any child who is curious about nature will enjoy “My Little Plastic Bag”. “This book gives teachers and parents a great educational tool to build awareness of environmental stewardship. After all, the future belongs to our children.”

The book is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and it includes a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for “My Little Plastic Bag” on Thursday July 14, 2016, at 5:30pm.

For more info, e-mail to (info@greatergoodgallery.com) or stop by 228 Craven St., New Bern to purchase a copy of “My Little Plastic Bag”.

Fine Art at Baxters in New Bern, NC, Hosts Holiday Designer Jewelry Trunk Show – Nov. 12-14, 2015

October 30, 2015

Join Fine Art at Baxters in New Bern, NC, in celebrating their fourth holiday designer jewelry trunk show. Opening preview Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, 6-8pm; Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, 10am-5 pm and during the Art Walk 5-8pm; and Saturday, Nov. 14, 10am–5pm.

Shop our collection of women’s jewelry including fashion earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins and rings in contemporary designs for all occasions. Designers will be on hand to assist in creating your own look, offering top trends and style advice.

Featured jewelry artists include: Anne Hanson, Elizabeth Smith, Emily Parker, Heather Tiller, Janette Franich, Jean Cheely, Judy Hutchison, Kay Jarrette, Kim Thompson, Linda Ferguson, Melissa Manley, Sandi Carter and Tana Acton.

Fine Art at Baxters Gallery is located at 323 Pollock Street, downtown New Bern. Open Monday – Friday 10am–6pm, and Saturday 10am–5pm.

For further info call 252/634-9002 or visit (www.fineartatbaxters.com).

First South Bank in New Bern, NC, Features Works by Wade Dunn

March 19, 2015

First South Bank has a history of supporting the arts in New Bern, NC.  Artist Wade Dunn of New Bern is currently featured at the financial institution’s downtown location. Dunn has been painting ever since he was a teenager. Surfing for 45 years, Dunn captures the brilliant colors of the crystal coast in vivid paintings. Using a palette knife, Dunn loads the canvas with thick acrylic paint.

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Brent Davis (on right), manager at First South Bank, welcomes artist Wade Dunn (on left).

To see Dunn’s works of art, visit the First South Bank at 202 Craven Street. At the next ARTcrawl, Dunn will be demonstrating his palette technique in the Isaac Taylor Garden on Apr. 10, 2015.

For further information call Brent Davis at the Bank at 252/626-2997.

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual Valentine ARTcrawl Exhibit – Deadline Feb. 10, 2015

February 3, 2015

The Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, invites any artists to submit their works depicting the human form on Monday, Feb. 9th or Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2015.

Submissions will be showcased in the “RAW REFLECTIONS” exhibit for the Valentine ARTcrawl on Feb. 13, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm inside the Isaac Taylor House at 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. The theme includes visual works of art reflecting upon figures of life drawing, silhouettes of human anatomy, and representations of the human form.

Chris Wagner will introduce the first in his series of paintings representing model Jennifer Stevens Alphin, a current breast cancer patient working her way to earning the title of survivor. Wagner explains, “The idea behind the project is to share her strength, beauty and spirit as an inspiration to other women in similar situations. We want to show other women that despite the physical costs of breast cancer, they will emerge from their battles no less beautiful, and no less of a woman.”  Wagner will work on the series throughout the year to encompass Alphin’s encounters with chemo, mastectomy surgery, and ultimately reconstruction surgery.

Lisa Bisbee Lentz will exhibit a brief classical art history lesson featuring her small oil paintings depicting figurative sculptures from the ancient timeline. Lentz elaborates, “In my study of the human body, I work out the fundamental proportions by copying the marble and bronze statues of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. For instance, Polykleitos, the Greek sculptor created Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) in idealistic proportions where a head equals one-seventh of the entire body.” The collection begins with the Archaic style depicting a flat Egyption standing male titled “Kouros” and evolves into Greek idealism and the naturalistic anatomy of Roman realism.

Other participating artists include Becky Preece, Jerry Scott, Carol Jones, Bernice Abraham, Lee Hood, Laura Gammons, Kristen Moffitt, and Samrae Duke. The figurative works of legendary New Bern artist, Willie Taglieri will also be on display, courtesy of the Taglieri family. Local Nexus poet, Meg Wethington will be performing sensual poetry readings.

The Valentine show continues late evening at the Brown Pelican with speciality beverages to suit the Valentine occasion.

For more information, visit (http://www.greatergoodgallery.com) or call 252/649-1712.

Harold H. Bate Foundation Honors Community Artist Will, Inc., in New Bern, NC, With Grant

September 18, 2014

The Harold H. Bate Foundation has granted $8,000 to fund programming for Community Artist Will, Inc. CAW is a non-profit, cooperatively-run incubator for the arts in Eastern North Carolina and was incorporated in January 2013.

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Ben Watford and Samrae Bruggema accept Bate Grant

With the Harold H. Bate Foundation’s grant, CAW will continue its community outreach programs, designed to motivate the public through events that encourage creativity and arts appreciation. CAW organizes Downtown New Bern’s ARTcrawl events, held second Friday of each month, as well as the Gloria Morello Bisque-ware Project, a program that goes to senior centers and schools to give free Bisque-ware painting workshops.

If you would like to learn more about Community Artist Will, Inc.’s programs, please visit their website at (http://www.communityartistwill.org/).

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 (art@lisabisbee.com). 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 (http://www.greatergoodgallery.com/become-an-exhibitor.html).

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 (art@lisabisbee.com) 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 (michaelerosewatson@gmail.com).
• 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.

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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 (http://www.communityartistwill.org/artcrawl.html).