Arts

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.
Potter Ben Watford

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.

Mum’s the Word Exhibition

September 24, 2020
Blooming by Lynda Wright

Call for artists for Mum’s the Word, an exhibition associated with Mumfest – Now MumFeast Drop Off: September 25th and 26th Artwalk Reception: October 9th Mumfest : October 9th – 11th Pick Up November 3rd and 4th Craven Arts Council & Gallery in cooperation with Swiss Bear is proud to present the annual “Mum’s the Word” exhibition in the Main Gallery at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. in downtown New Bern. This exhibition highlights local artists and the annual Mumfest – now MumFeast. Celebrating New Bern’s annual Mumfest, “Mum’s the Word” gives local artists of all mediums, […]

NC Symphony Re-imagines 2020/21 Season and Expands Virtual Music Education Offerings

September 17, 2020
The Music Will Play On

Innovating to keep the music playing for all North Carolinians amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Symphony announces its re-imagined 2020/21 season, which will open with a virtually streamed performance on Saturday, September 26. As North Carolina’s state orchestra, music education remains central to the Symphony’s mission—and NCS will expand on its virtual education programs launched earlier this year while introducing new initiatives through which the Symphony’s musicians will engage with North Carolina educators, students, and community members. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the community, the State of North Carolina, and its corporate and foundation supporters, NCS has […]

Living in New Bern and Beyond – Episode 155

September 7, 2020
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 155

Peace Parks, Reducing Stress, Butterflies, Real Estate and Community! We’re connecting you with the community by talking about the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: Talina Massey (Business Savvy), 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: Aimee Schulze, Chris Wagner, and Lori Favre. Watch: Listen:  Show notes: 00:51 – Trivia Contest Question 1:17 – Congratulations, Talina Massey, 52 Faces of Community 2:10 – Brain Tap – Boost […]

Critters Call for Entry

September 3, 2020
Critters 2019 - American Avocets by Margaret King

Craven Arts Council & Gallery is seeking artist submissions for their annual “Critters” exhibition taking place in November and December of 2020. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 30th to our website. Craven Arts Council’s annual Critters exhibition seeks to showcase local art and give Craven County an exhibition of easily relatable works through the animals they care for and love. Submissions are open to any artist residing in North Carolina, with no entry fee to submit. All works must be smaller than 48” in any dimension, and all works must be for sale. Artists are asked to […]

Living in New Bern and Beyond – Episode 154

August 31, 2020
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 154

Arts, Pets, Driving and Life in a River Town! We’re connecting you with the community by talking about the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Colleen Roberts (City of New Bern), and I talked about all kinds of things related to living in the greater New Bern area. Watch: Listen: Show notes: 00:39 – Today’s Trivia Contest 2:46 – Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Deeds 3:04 – Historical Society Golf Tournament 5:55 – Hurricane Laura 6:58 – Special thanks to EMT’s, CarolinaEast Medical Center and J & S […]

Atlantic Dance Theatre Inc.

August 24, 2020
Bach and Forward - Atlantic Dance Theatre

Atlantic Dance Theatre is rescheduling the 2020 performance of Bach and Forward, a new choreography to movements from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites exploring the divergence and convergence of historical and modern movement and music forms. Four acclaimed NC artists – modern choreographer Michelle Pearson, baroque dancer and choreographer Paige Whitley-Bauguess, modern dancer Steven James Rodriguez Velez, and baroque cellist Stephanie Vial – will give dance and music lovers a backstage pass of sorts, discussing their art forms, how the piece evolved, and relationships between historical and modern forms discovered along the way…Bach and Forward. We look forward to sharing this moving experience with […]

2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition and Ekphrastic Poetry Competition

August 17, 2020
Peonies by Judith R. Duncan

  Exhibit Brings National Works to New Bern and Accompanying Poetry Contest to the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. in New Bern. Exhibition: August 7th – September 21st Poetry Competition submission: by 5 p.m. on August 31st Reception: From 5 – 8 p.m. on September 11th Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present the 2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition in the Main Gallery at the Bank of the Arts. This signature biennial exhibition brings works from artists across the United States to New Bern, showcasing the diversity of techniques, subject, and mediums in the […]

Unity Project

July 29, 2020
Hands Clasped Sculpture

Community Youth invited to assist in construction of local sculpture August 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 Craven Arts Council is proud to announce the creation of a community sculpture entitled “Unity.” This twelve-foot-tall piece will be covered by area children with paper-mache to create a pair of clasping hands, symbolizing the strength and promise of our city when our citizens work together. Craven Arts invites parents to sign up their children to help with the project during two hours shifts from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on August 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, and 13th. […]

2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition

July 22, 2020
‘Tropico 1’ by Felipe Alarcón Alarcón

Exhibit Brings National Works to New Bern and Accompanying Poetry Contest August 7th – September 21st Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present the 2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition in the Main Gallery at the Bank of the Arts. This signature bi-annual exhibition brings works from artists across the United States to New Bern, showcasing the diversity of techniques, subject, and mediums in the contemporary art world. Craven Arts Council will host an opening reception during the downtown New Bern Artwalk, August 14th, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Awards will be announced during the […]

Next Chapter Books & Art Releases First Literary Magazine

July 20, 2020
The Next Chapter Literary Magazine

New Bern’s own Next Chapter Books & Art has released the inaugural issue of its literary magazine, The Next Chapter Literary Magazine. The magazine contains works of poetry, short stories, and art from local artists and writers. Michelle Garren Flye, the owner of Next Chapter Books & Art, says she had planned to start a literary magazine eventually, but while the store was closed for Covid-19 she decided to go ahead with the plans a little earlier. “It seemed like the right time. I wanted to preserve something of this time because I feel like it’s an important part of […]