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 (www.communityartistwill.com) or stop by the CAW headquarters at 228 Craven Street to pick up a copy.