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.

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 ( 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 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, […]

2020/21 Season Highlights Artistic Excellence of North Carolina Symphony Musicians

February 18, 2020
NC Symphony

Season Features North Carolina Symphony Alongside Star Soloists Including Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, and Angela Hewitt; Appearances by Audience-Favorite Guest Conductors Rune Bergmann and Carlos Miguel Prieto; Returns by Music Director Laureate Grant Llewellyn; Continued Commitment to Women Composers; and a Celebration of 250 Years of Beethoven Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Symphony’s 2020/21 season shines a bright light on the excellence of the North Carolina Symphony’s musicians, who bring brilliance to their craft each time they perform. The Symphony’s musicians look forward to sharing the best of the classical repertoire together with world-renowned guest artists and inspiring conductors, […]

Through the Lens of a Military Child

February 16, 2020
Through the Lens - Military Youth

New outreach program targets military youth for artistic expression February – April 2020 Craven Arts Council and Craven County Public Schools are proud to announce the “Through the Lens of a Military Child” program. Military-connected students at Havelock High School and Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School will have the opportunity to work with an author and a photographer to create unique pieces in their own images and words, culminating in a month-long exhibit at Bank of the Arts this April.  The exhibition will be the focal point of the April Month of the Military Child celebration in the community. Military […]

Coastal Photo Club Exhibit

February 11, 2020
A Different View by John Steady

Over a hundred outstanding photographs are hanging in the annual exhibit by the Coastal Photo Club in the Bank of the Arts on Middle Street, New Bern. Images range in size from small to wall filling while the subjects cover just about everything and the image quality is unmatched. The reception is scheduled for February 14th starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. and will give you a chance to hobnob with many of the artists. The showing runs through the beginning of March. Submitted by: Alan Welch, Coastal Photo Club

Simon Spalding performs at The Brown Pelican in February

February 10, 2020
Simon Spalding

Simon Spalding will present an eclectic program of unplugged acoustic music at The Brown Pelican, two Tuesdays in February. It’s a fun, informal show, as Simon shares the history and backstory behind his songs and instruments. The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo, ukulele), and a weekly-changing selection of exotic music and instruments from places including Sweden, China, Greece, Tahiti, Mongolia, and who-knows-where? There is no cover charge. This musical event occurs 6 – 8 p.m. on February 11 and 18. The Brown Pelican is at 411 Broad Street in downtown New Bern. Call 252-631-5008 for information. For more on […]