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Visit the local Art galleries and shops to admire the vast array of art on display by local & national artists.

Please call ahead of your visit as the business may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19

  • The Accidental Artist, 220 Craven St.
  • Ballantyne Framing and Art, 220 Craven St.
  • Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317-A Pollock St., 252-633-4369
  • The Craft Studio, 2500 Trent Rd.
  • Community Artists Gallery & Studios, 309 Middle St., 252-633-3715
  • Craven Arts Council and Gallery located in the Bank of the Arts Building, 317 Middle St.
  • The Crystal Lady Gallery, 217 Middle St., 252-626-0120
  • Greater Good Gallery, 228 Craven St., 252-649-1717
  • Living Color Ceramics, 602 Pollock St.
  • New Bern Arts and Wellness Center, 919 Broad St.
  • Pic Frame & Gallery, 3601 Trent Rd.
  • Red Shoe Studio Gallery, 226 Craven St.
  • Small Batch Graphics + Goods, 250 Pollock St., 252-617-0211
  • Studio Four Thirteen Broad, 413 Broad St.
  • The Next Chapter Books and Art, 320 S. Front St.
  • Uptown Gallery, 1909 S. Glenburnie Rd., 252-633-6465
  • Wine and Design New Bern, 2117 S. Glenburnie Rd.
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Performing Arts:

  • Craven Arts Council and Gallery Inc, 317 Middle St.
  • New Bern Civic Theatre, 414 Pollock St.
  • RiverTowne Players, 514 Hancock St.

Movie Theaters:

  • Bear Town Cinema, 2806 Trent Rd.
  • Neuse Boulevard Cinema, 2500 Neuse Blvd.

Director’s Gallery: Valentine’s Card Sale

January 21, 2021
Valentine's Card Sale

February 1 – 28, 2021 Valentine Cards made by local public-school students on sale to benefit arts programs at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. in Downtown New Bern. Craven Arts Council and the Twin Rivers Artists Association are proud to present the 2021 Craven County Valentine’s Day Card Sale in the Director’s Gallery for the month of February 2021. Created by students in all grades in Craven County Schools, all proceeds are donated to Craven County art teachers for purchasing classrooms supplies. Craven Arts Council will host a reception for students, teachers, and parents on February 12th, from […]

Main Gallery: One Family, Three Visions

January 18, 2021
Tricomet by Carl Billingsley

February 3 – 28, 2021 The Craven Arts Council is proud to present the “One Family, Three Visions” Exhibition in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts. This exhibition will feature the work of three members of the Billingsley family: Carl Billingsley, Catherine Billingsley and their son Benjamin Billingsley. The Craven Arts Council will host an opening reception during the February ArtWalk on February 12th from 5 – 8 p.m. Each member of the Billingsley Family work in different mediums and each have a unique artistic vision. Carl Billingsley is a sculptor who primarily works in cast metal, stone, […]

Issue Two of The Next Chapter Literary Magazine is Available

January 11, 2021
The Next Chapter Literary Magazine

The Next Chapter Books & Art celebrated the release of issue 2 of The Next Chapter Literary Magazine at ArtWalk on Friday, January 8. The Next Chapter Literary Magazine is edited by Michelle Garren Flye, local author and owner of The Next Chapter Books & Art, and features stories, essays, poems, art and photography from Eastern North Carolina authors and artists. “This area is full of creative people,” said Flye. “I wanted to showcase that. The magazine includes authors you can find on my store’s shelves, but it also includes new authors and artists you may never have heard of.” […]

Walk-In Bathtub Comedy Group to Perform on January 9

January 8, 2021
Walk-In Bathtub Improv

The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will host a 4-hour “Improv-A-Thon” at New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Jan 9. The performance will begin at 5 p.m. and include four 45-minute shows, with 15 minutes of cleaning between each show. Performing a series of silly and unscripted games that are inspired by audience suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub’s performances are reminiscent of the popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Team members must create scenes and act out suggestions from the audience without the help of a script–or dialogue in some cases–that result in comedic and unexpected scenarios. Saturday’s Improv-a-Thon is […]

New Bern Civic Theatre Receives $50K Donation

January 4, 2021
The Athens Theatre

New Bern Civic Theatre (NBCT) received a $50,000 donation in December, marking the theatre’s largest gift from a single donor in over a decade. Donated by Clay Milstead, the gift comes following a year in which the theatre had to cancel 13 events due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Clay’s tremendous generosity could not have come at a better time for the theatre,” said George Oliver, president of the NBCT board of directors. “Our shows typically account for 80 percent of our revenue. New Bern Civic Theatre always depends on the support of our community—now, more than ever. Theaters all over […]

Living in New Bern and Beyond – Episode 168

December 24, 2020
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 168

We’re connecting you with the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: Pat Drake, Susan Moffat-Thomas, Colleen Roberts (City of New Bern) and I talked about all kinds of things related to living in the greater New Bern area. We were joined by special guests: Chris Baker and Jeff Shultze. Watch: Listen:  Show notes: 00:52 – Trivia Contest Question 1:41 – Looking forward to the Holiday Season and 2021 2:07 – The Adventures of Pat Drake and Mack Paul 2:25 – Pet Parade 3:23 – 100 Collard Plants – Best Crop Ever […]

City of New Bern Hosts Annual New Year’s Eve Bear Drop

December 23, 2020
Bear Drop - New Bern New Year's

Residents & visitors encouraged to attend virtually The City of New Bern is encouraging a safe New Year’s celebration by hosting a virtual Bear Drop downtown. The event will occur at City Hall, 300 Pollock Street, on Thursday, December 31st and will be streamed live on Facebook. The Bear Drop begins at 6 p.m. so that residents and visitors can attend if they choose and get home safely ahead of the state’s stay-at-home order for coronavirus. Masks are mandatory at the event and social distancing is strongly encouraged. New Bern’s Bear Drop is in its third year and city leaders did not want […]

Regional Library offers Digital Book Club: Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

December 18, 2020
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Join the Craven-Pamlico Regional Library in a Digital Book Club of mythic proportions as we read Big Fish by Daniel Wallace. Register by emailing adultprograms@nbccpl.org or calling the New Bern-Craven County Public Library at 252-638-7807. Digital copies of the book, both eBook and audio, are available for check out via Hoopla, and NCLive’s Homegrown Collection library.biblioboard.com/home. By Chris Baker, Adult Services Librarian, New Bern-Craven County Public Library

North Carolina Symphony Brings Citizens Together – Virtually – with New Musical Project

December 17, 2020
1 State 1 Score

Today the North Carolina Symphony launches its newest community engagement initiative, a project called One State, One Score. Through this collaborative project, the public is invited to “join the Symphony” virtually by performing a selection from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from the Symphony No. 9. The “Ode to Joy” theme has been arranged for all different instruments as well as vocals, and the parts are available for download to all North Carolinians. Instruments from violin to piano to kazoo are represented, and participants can select their skill level to find a part perfectly customized for them. Participants then simply learn […]

Living in New Bern and Beyond – Episode 167

December 15, 2020
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 167

We’re connecting you with the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: Jane Maulucci (The Reactive Voice), Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Talina Massey (BrainTap), and I talked about all kinds of things related to living in the greater New Bern area. We were joined by special guests: Alderwoman Jameesha Harris, Joey Jones, and Angelina Doyle. Watch: Listen:  Show Notes: 00:51 – Trivia Contest Question 2:22 – Gingerbread House Contest 4:27 – Happenings in New Bern 4:53 – How to be safe during the Holidays 5:14 – Nonprofit Memberships as Gifts […]