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.

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 […]

ATEG Presents a Free West African Dance Lesson

July 16, 2020
West African Dance Lesson

Learn West African dance from Malian dance instructor Solo Souleymane. Join in the dancing and drumming and wear African masks and/or costumes (optional). Event is on Zoom – Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. This is a free event, but reservations are required. Reservations are on a first come/first served basis but limited to 100. Don’t get shut out. Reserve your spot by emailing your name, address, phone number, and email address to:, or use this link and hit “going.”  We will send you a confirmation that you are on the guest list. In mid July, we will send you the […]

Director’s Gallery: Martha Jenkins

June 24, 2020
Martha Jenkins - Caladium with Ivy Dishes

CAC&G to show works of former Craven County teacher in support of artist fund Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, New Bern, NC Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present the work of Martha Jenkins in the Director’s Gallery for the month of July 2020. Jenkins was a arts instructor at New Bern High School for nineteen years who passed away in 2005. In her memory the Martha Jenkins Scholarship Fund was established, which has been used to provide tuition assistance to art students from NBHS and currently ensures students access to gallery opportunities at Community Artist […]

RiverTowne Players announces our first 10-Minute Summer Play Contest

June 12, 2020
Rivertowne Players

Open to any New Bern area resident ages 13-18. Jury: Author and playwright Leslie Tall Manning and Author and screenwriter Ted Peterson Theme: Write a 10-minute (approximately 10-15 pages) play with no more than five characters and minimal set changes. Play must be original, unpublished and never performed publicly. Play subject matter should be age appropriate for all teens. Submission Deadline: July 15, 2020 Applicants may submit only one play. Attach a cover sheet with name and contact information. Name and contact info should not appear ANYWHERE else on the submission. Mail entries to PO Box 796, New Bern, NC […]

ARTwalk, June 12 at the Greater Good Gallery

June 10, 2020
Greater Good Gallery inside the Isaac Taylor House

The Greater Good Gallery will be hosting a final clearance sale during ARTWalk from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 228 Craven Street in downtown New Bern, NC. The event will feature oil paintings by Carol Jones and Lisa Bisbee Lentz. Prices will be significantly reduced to make way for a new creative venture in a new location. Until the new locale is established, the gallery at the Isaac Taylor house will be transforming into an art school for the summer months. Lisa Bisbee Lentz will hold workshops and open studio time for kids and adults.  […]

Main Gallery: Through the Lens & Juneteenth

June 8, 2020
Juneteenth by Edna Stewart

Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, New Bern June 1- June 30 Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present two exhibitions in the Main Gallery for the month of June: “Through the Lens” and “Juneteenth.” These exhibitions were originally planned as separate exhibits, but due to the effects of COVID-19 on our state, have been consolidated into one exhibition. “Through the Lens” features works by children in military families. “Juneteenth” showcases he talents of local African American artists in our area. Craven Arts Council will host an opening reception during the downtown New Bern ArtWalk on June […]

Craven CC’s Small Business Center Awarded Special Funds to Increase Counseling Capacity Through December 2020

June 2, 2020
Craven Community College

New Bern, NC – The Small Business Center (SBC) at Craven Community College (Craven CC) was recently awarded funds to increase its counseling capacity through December 2020. The funds were awarded to the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) by the State Board of Community Colleges in response to the increased demand for assistance by small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. “These special funds will increase both capacity and specialization of counseling through Craven CC’s Small Business Center,” said Deborah Kania, SBC director. “From marketing to tax to legal, etc., current and future small business owners will receive more in-depth professional […]

June Artwalk

May 23, 2020
Through The Lens - Artist Rowan

ArtWalks to resume in June Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to announce the resumption of the monthly Downtown New Bern Artwalks starting in June, contingent on the Governor’s orders. Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the stay at home order issued by Governor Roy Cooper, the April and May ArtWalks were canceled this year. We plan to resume ArtWalks with the June 12th date if the State of North Carolina has entered Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Response Plan by that time. Each business participating in the downtown Artwalk will decide for themselves if they wish to […]