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Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, Calls for Artworks Inspired by Poetry – Deadline May 3, 2018

March 31, 2018

The Craven Arts Council & Gallery is pleased to announce their call for artists for the 2018 “Fusion Poetry: Art” Exhibition at Bank of the Arts in New Bern, NC, held from May 4 – June 29, 2018. The Arts Council is seeking artwork inspired by poetry.

During the fall and winter of 2017 Craven Arts Council asked local poets to submit their poetry to be used as inspiration for visual art. Over two hundred poems were submitted, including both adult and youth categories. Craven Arts Council has complied the poems and posted them online so that artists can search through them and find inspiration for an original piece of art.

Artist are asked to visit ( and look under the “Exhibits” tab for “Poetry: Art.” There they will find the full terms and conditions for the exhibition and a link to all submitted poetry. Each artist may submit one original artwork. Work will be dropped off and juried May 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Some work may be rejected due to space considerations. Artist receptions for the event will be held during the downtown New Bern Artwalks, May 11th and June 8th, from 5pm-8pm. Non cash prizes will be awarded for poetry, art, and the best fusion of the two. Craven Arts will also feature a youth division for the contest in the Director’s Gallery.

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Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, Announces Winner of the People’s Choice Award from 2012 Bank of the Arts Juried Show

July 12, 2012

For the 2012 Bank of the Arts Juried Show, which ran from May 11 through June, more than 120 artists submitted 293 works; 65 made it through a juror’s decision process to be part of the show. But for the duration of the exhibit, each visitor was invited to vote for his or her favorite piece, be it a painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, or other work.

Work by Stan Harmon

Some 468 votes were cast, and the clear winner of the People’s Choice Award was “Generation X: Model #001 Wave Generator.” The beautiful and captivating fused-glass work is by New Bern resident Stan Harmon, who received a $200 award from Craven Arts Council & Gallery.

“Glass as a medium of self-expression has dominated my artistic endeavors since the late 1970s,” Harmon says. “My artwork is an attempt to recreate a moment in time, an atmosphere, the feeling of connection with the creatures that inhabit the many emotionally moving moments of time and space I have experienced in daily living and travel.”

For further info contact the Craven Arts Council at 252/638-2577 or visit (

Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, is Calling for Artists to Participate in the Craven Arts Festival – Deadline July 31, 2012

July 12, 2012

Through July 31, 2012, the Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, is accepting applications from artists to participate in the 2012 Craven Arts Festival, which takes place Sept. 29 and 30, 2012, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

All original fine arts and crafts are eligible, including, but not limited to, jewelry, painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts and furniture. All work must be created by the artist. Mass-produced, commercially manufactured work or work manufactured from kits or molds is ineligible.

The Festival includes artist booths and demonstrations; interactive art projects; artist workshops; music, theatre and dance performances; and children’s activities. Saturday night features a Wine Tasting event and the premiere of the Bernie Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the arts environment of Craven County.

Visit ( to download the application and to learn more about the Craven Arts Festival or e-mail questions to (

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Valentine Cards and Blessing Bowls During the ArtWalk – Jan. 14, 2011

January 5, 2011

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, will start out the new year with an ArtWalk on Jan. 14, 2011, from 5 to 8pm. Janet Francoeur, gallery owner, said “we haven’t done that in many years – but this one will be special. We’ll be promoting the empty bowl project to feed the hungry. I’ll be selling my Blessing Bowls for a $20 donation. We’ll deliver the bowls to the Craven Arts Council as a donation in your name for the Empty Bowls event. If you go to the fundraiser in February you will get a bowl to take home.”

The gallery is also presenting its 5th Annual Valentine Card Show and Sale Benefit. Each year over 1000 valentines are created by Craven County school children, hung in a show at Carolina Creations and sold for $3 each. All proceeds are donated to the schools art program.

The gallery purchases the card stock and envelopes and donates it to the schools. Over 10 art classes from throughout the school system creates card using handmade paper, pastels, clay, collage and other techniques to decorate the cards. For the children, it is exciting to see their work in an art gallery, for the classes it is a way to raise some much needed cash to help buy supplies and for Carolina Creations it is a way to give back to the community for their support for the past twenty one years.

The cards will be up for the January ArtWalk and a reception for the children will be the following Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, from 4-7pm.

Empty Bowls is a joint outreach of Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council. It’s a project designed to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Local restaurants and churches will make, serve and donate soup and bread to serve at the event; and individuals and local artists will donate pottery bowls. Attendees get to have some soup and bread and choose a one-of-a-kind pottery bowl to take home.

This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, from 11am until 2pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Bank of the Arts and Fuller’s Music.

We hope you will feed your soul and at the same time help feed the hungry by stopping by the Bank of the Arts to view A Shared Promise and Responsibility and to purchase a ticket for Empty Bowls.

A Shared Promise and Responsibility, features an exhibit of photographs by Bill Lease and bowls by Eastern North Carolina potters, on view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 26, 2011, at the Craven Arts Council’s Bank of the Arts in New Bern.

Bill Lease is a third-generation artist working in digital photography. “Through my photography, I strive to examine the seemingly ordinary. My desire is to offer a perspective that creates a focus for quiet reflection or the nucleus for exploration and discovery. Photographic images are: an opportunity to capture a moment in time; a vignette by which we may examine the world in which we are privileged to live; an invitation to take a very personal and singular journey to places in our imagination; an invitation to experience, not merely view; at once, the image and the concept – a story.”

And tell a story, he does! As a prelude to our Empty Bowls fundraiser, Lease was asked to help call attention to hunger and poverty in Craven County by photographing the people who avail themselves of RCS’s soup kitchen and shelter. What he found was both moving and uplifting.

In addition to Lease’s photography, the exhibit will feature “big bowls” by local potters Joanne Ashton, Becky Badger, Joyce Basye, Jim Bisbee, Milton Bland, Carolyn Curran, Rich Daniels, Scott Haines, Misty Lupton, Carol McCracken, Linda Murdock, Elizabeth Priddy, Carolyn Sleeper, Bonnie Tinsley, Debbie Wait, Ben Watford, Michaelé Rose Watson, Debbie Wheeler, Brent Wheelright and Candace Young. Participating potters will also donate smaller bowls for the Empty Bowls event.

The Bank of the Arts is located at  317 Middle Street in New Bern. The hours are Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. For further info call 252/638-2577 or visit (

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery is located at 321 Pollock Street in New Bern. Its hours are Mon.-Thur. & Sat., 10am-6pm; Fri., 10am-7pm; & Sun., 11am-3pm. For further info call 252/633-4369 or visit (