Craven Arts Council and Gallery presents “Through the Portal” in the Main Gallery for the months of September and October. This exhibition at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., will feature the unique perspectives of Jill Eberle, Tom Grubb, Elizabeth Darrow and Michael Dorsey.
It opens Friday during an ArtWalk reception at 5 p.m.
The show is an exhibition highlighting unique talents and perspectives. The four artists selected were chosen because each of their works reveals a subtle glimpse of an aspect of the world. The work in the exhibition evokes words like surreal, meditative, and flowing; contrasting intimate calm scenes with the tension of dark and bold colors. Each artist works in their own style and concept, yet is united by the numinous experience provoked by their art.
Eberle is resident of New Bern, and taught for more than 10 years at East Carolina University. Her pieces often use friends or actors as the models, depicted in traditional materials such as charcoal and oil paint.
Grubb is a former sea captain who draws upon his experience to create surreal star charts and maps of the heavens in bamboo, wax, paint, and string.
Darrow often works in oils with collaged flower petals, paper, and other materials to create figurative and mandala like pieces.
Dorsey is also a local artist and retired East Carolina University professor, whose ink and watercolor works feature poetry for the viewer to read as they examine the pieces.
The work of Cora Mae Pipkin will open in in the Director’s Gallery at Bank of the Arts for the month of September.
Pipkin is a nationally award-winning watercolorist, whose pieces utilize bright colors and bold use of negative space. A Friday reception is also planned.
Pipkin employs a wide variety of methods, materials, and techniques in her artistic journey to generate interesting and unusual pieces.
Her colorful art ranges from the wildly abstract to semi-realistic; from pure watercolor to batiks and mixed media.
She has always loved art, but after an injury, art became her therapy. Almost every piece of her art has its genesis in a strong emotional connection which underlies her creative drive.
She draws not only from an abundance of materials, but from a rich enthusiasm for life. Her works have a story to tell and a story that created them.
Speaking on her work, Pipkin said the goal is to “allow others to relate to her art and bring warmth, humor, and/or memories to their hearts.”
Her work has been accepted and awarded in national exhibitions, including the prestigious AWS International Exhibition in 2016 and Best in Show at the 2011 National Watercolor Society Members Show. She maintains active membership in variety of artist organizations, including the National Watercolor Society, Twin Rivers Artists Association, Southern Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. A retired teacher of elementary and special education, she currently serves as the Chairperson for Art in Education for the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.
Bank of the Arts is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays, and until 8 p.m. during Artwalk. Admission to all galleries is free.
Fine Art at Baxters, 323 Pollock St., has a special show with 11 artists, most of who have not previously exhibited in New Bern.
A reception Friday will kick off the show, which continues through the end of October.
The gallery will also host a party on Sept 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., called “Eye of the Storm” with food available from New Bern’s award-winning food truck The Tiny Tornado.
CAW Gallery Center for the Arts, 415 Broad St., New Bern, will host Bob Welch as its featured artist during September.
He will be in front of the gallery to greet visitors during ArtWalk.
After taking classes with local art notables Dan Nelson and Chris Wagner, he established Dragonfly Studios, his own space at CAW Center for the Arts.
Two of his original paintings were selected by sponsors to illustrate banners downtown in the Craven Arts Council’s 2017 Banner Project.
The CAW Center also will pick the winner of a pet portrait raffle by noted animal artist Amber Williams, created from a photograph. Williams will be moving into her new studio space at the gallery, offering more of her evolving pet portraits.
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.
The gallery also has two new artists joining the CAW art community – potter Katherine Redman and photographer Joya Barnett.
Brant Island String Band will be playing behind the CAW Arts Center, 415 Broad St., New Bern, from 6 to 8 p.m. during ArtWalk.
The popular performance and exhibit parking lot area is known as Artesian Square, with nearby attractions such as the Michaele Rose Watson yellow studio, the Brown Pelican, The Red Shoe Gallery, Brewery 99 and The Bank of the Arts.
The band plays their own renditions of refined roots music, bluegrass and inspired Americana.
Members of the band are Rick and Ginny Vogt, guitarists; Becky Ackiss on stand-up base, and Perry Cheatham on mandolin.
The band harmonizes all their songs balancing all their voices blending all four singers into one.
The Red Shoe Studio Gallery, 323B Middle St., just behind Bebop’s Café - formerly Sweet Pea’s - will feature the work of resident artists Rick Hooper, Nell Maha and Andrea Owens, along with new authentic sea glass jewelry by Cory Hunter.
The Red Shoe is a fiber arts studio and fine art gallery which features the work of over a dozen local artists. Wine and cheese will be served.
Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @CharlieHallNBSJ