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 (www.cravenarts.org).
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 (www.carolinacreations.com).