We’re connecting you with the community. Please mask up, watch your distance, and wash your hands for each other and our healthcare workers!


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.

5th Annual Rocking Relief for Homeless Veterans Webcast Concert

November 6, 2020
Peace Soldier Band

The 5th Annual Rocking For Relief Homeless Veterans Webcast Concert is on November 11th at 7 p.m. Watch the concert on PeaceSoldierBand.com where you can also donate. The bands include: Tif & Fern Nashville Recording Artists, Afreyed Knot Classic Acoustic Rock, Peace Soldier National Recording Artists, and Headliner: Idlewild South Allman Brothers Band Tribute. All proceeds benefit Religious Community Services Special Project For Homeless Veterans. By Bobby Hurff, Peace Soldier Band

Twin Rivers Artists Association Grant

November 4, 2020
Twin Rivers Artists Association Grant

Partners In Education was recently awarded $2,000 from Twin Rivers Artists Association (TRAA) to be used for grant money for art teachers in Craven County Schools. The grants are awarded to art teachers based on imaginative and creative art programs for their students. Pictured (left to right) are Patricia Eglinton with Twin Rivers Artists Association and Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Partners In Education. To learn more about TRAA, visit traa.wildapricot.org, and to learn more about PIE, visit cravenpartner.com. By Darlene Brown, Craven County Partners in Education

Craven Arts Council & Gallery Accepting Applications for NC CARES for Arts Grants

October 15, 2020
NC Cares for the Arts Grant

Craven Arts Council & Gallery is now accepting applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts grants through November 9, 2020. The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council will distribute these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people.  In many counties, local arts councils will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients. Arts and cultural organizations, arts nonprofits, […]

Tryon Palace Hosts All Hallows’ Eve

October 13, 2020

Dress in costume and join us for a day of fun and fantasy at Tryon Palace’s All Hallows’ Eve, on Saturday, October 24th. Children and adults are invited to celebrate in the festivities beginning at 10 a.m. on the Palace grounds. While touring the haunted grounds, attendees might encounter the Headless Horseman as he searches for Ichabod Crane, the Ghost of a Soldier lost in battle, and a Witch brewing up a savory concoction or spell. Come see what the Creepy Blacksmith is making and just who the Scarecrow in the Garden might try to scare – just a little. Join in watching the […]

Brandy Baxter in the Director’s Gallery at Bank of the Arts

September 29, 2020
Brandy Baxter

Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to host an exhibition of work from Brandy Baxter. This exhibition will be on display in our Director’s Gallery for the month of October. Craven Arts Council will host an opening reception from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on October 9th, during the Downtown New Bern ArtWalk. Brandy Baxter was born and raised in Pamlico County, where she discovered her love for painting and drawing.  She pursued her Associates in Fine Arts at Craven Community College and has continued her practice since. She is an active artist within the New Bern Community.  Her […]

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 […]