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.

Two New Sculptures at First Citizens Public Sculpture Park

March 4, 2020
First Citzens Sculputre Park

March 6 & 9, 2020 Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to announce the addition of two new sculptures to the First Citizens Sculpture Park on the corner of Middle and Broad streets in downtown New Bern. The new sculptures were created by Tom Grubb and Paris Alexander and will be installed between March 6th and March 9th. As part of its mission to enhance the cultural experiences of downtown New Bern and Craven Country, Craven Arts Council & Gallery has been involved in public art efforts for more than ten years. This includes their annual Juried Sculpture Exhibition […]

Craven CC’s Lifetime Learning Center: Explorations in The ARTS

March 4, 2020
Cane Mill Road

Three-Concert Series with Cane Mill Road New Bern, NC – The Craven Community College Lifetime Learning Center (LLC) will wrap up its Explorations in The ARTS three-concert series with a performance by Cane Mill Road on Friday, March 20. Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on, yet boldly tackle writing original music that often walks the lines between bluegrass, Americana, old-time and folk. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy going rapport and the eclectic mix of originals and standards they present at each of […]

TrainWreck to Perform at Sham-Rockin’ 2020

March 2, 2020
TrainWreck New Bern

Eastern North Carolina’s most popular band for all ages will perform for the fifth time at ShamRockin’ 2020 a St Patrick’s Celebration Friday night, March 13th in New Bern. The annual dinner and party will be held at the North Carolina History Center starting at 6 p.m. with traditional Irish dinner cash bar with beer, wine and popcorn ..and then dance to the high energy sounds of TrainWreck playing hits like Play That Funky Music, Stayin’ alive, Billie Jean, That’s What I Like, Proud Mary, Keep Your Hands to Yourself….Motown, Rock ,Disco, R&B music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and […]

Trey Anastasio, Founding Member of Phish, to perform with the NC Symphony

March 2, 2020
Trey Anastasio

June 26, 2020 Raleigh, NC – Trey Anastasio, lead guitarist and vocalist of Phish, today announced a one-night-only performance with the North Carolina Symphony. The intimate concert will take place June 26, 2020, at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. Anastasio is a founding member of Phish, one of today’s most successful and innovative rock bands. With the North Carolina Symphony, he will perform arrangements of classic Phish songs and his own solo projects. Each year, Anastasio hand-picks a small number […]

A Short History of Face Jugs

February 28, 2020
Potter Ben Watford

Ben Alden Watford, 50 years a potter will be presenting 100 Face Jugs at The Crystal Lady Gallery & Stained Glass Studio, 217 Middle St. Art Opening is March 13, 2020. Ben will be present and discussing the History of the African Face Jug and how this tradition came to America. Potter & Designer, Ben Alden Watford of New Bern, North Carolina, creates African Face Jugs, originating in the Carolinas in the early 1800s. Face jugs are considered masterpieces of pottery that are unique to the Eastern North Carolina region. The African culture includes respect of one’s elders and veneration […]

Sam Love will be the Featured Poet at the First Tuesday Poetry Open Mic

February 28, 2020
Sam Love

Local poet Sam Love will be reading from his new book “Awakening” as the Featured Poet at the Nexus Poets’ First Tuesday Poetry Open Mic at 7 pm, March 3rd, at the Harrison Center, 311 Middle St. in New Bern. The poetry chapbook published by Manchester’s Fly on the Wall Press is a collection of his environmental poems. The book has been nominated for England’s prestigious Laurel Prize which honors a collection of eco and nature poems. The subjects range from meditations on Mother Earth to the changes in migratory patterns caused by climate change. Far from a doom and […]

North Carolina Film Festival returns to New Bern

February 26, 2020
North Carolina Film Festival

You’re invited to the second annual North Carolina Film Festival, this Saturday at Craven Community College. Featuring short and feature length films from local and international submissions. Activities also include workshops for filmmaking and special FX makeup from professional artists. New Bern, NC – Eno River Media, a 20-year non-profit filmmaking organization based out of Raleigh, NC (enorivermedia.com) will return to the New Bern campus of Craven Community College to host the second annual North Carolina Film Festival. This event will take place on Saturday, February 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This event is open to the public […]

Colorfest in New Bern, NC

February 24, 2020
Colorfest New Bern

It’s that time of the year again and we wanted to let everyone know of the great things happening for 2020! Our Colorfest event will conclude our 5-year long project by the kids in the community! They’ve done an excellent job beautifying the 5 points area! You can now register your kids for the art clinics and events that week! visit our site to register Colorfestinc.org We will also be having our annual arts fundraiser event (Night Out With The Arts) April 17th at the Omega Center! There will be a silent art auction, live painting, live music and live […]

Main Gallery: Twin Rivers Artists Association Judged Exhibition

February 24, 2020
Craven Arts Council and Gallery

Local artist group to exhibit works at Bank of the Arts – March 2020 Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present the Twin Rivers Artists Association and Craven Community College Judged Exhibition in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts for the month of February. This exhibition highlights the talents of local artists in our community and helps to encourage networking and artist participation in the Twin Rivers Artists Association. Craven Arts Council & Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibition during the downtown New Bern ArtWalk, March 13th, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. […]

Second Serving

February 19, 2020
Empty Bowls - Second Serving

New Empty Bowls Event offers new rewards while helping our community Carolina Colors Pavilion March 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. Empty Bowls New Bern is proud to announce their newest Empty Bowls event, Second Servings, at the Carolina Colors Pavilion on March 20th. This exclusive event will offer a live auction of local chefs for an in-home dining experience, tapas-style small plates, and a silent auction of artistic and other goods donated by local artists and shops. For the past eleven years Empty Bowls New Bern has worked to enrich our community through their annual signature event. Five years ago, […]