Click the following link to see the article published in the Sun Journal newspaper about the art history book.
Below is a press-release for immediate distribution.
We are reaching out to creative members within your community (eastern NC) including musicians, sculptors, writers, painters, crafters and more.
In 2007, I was inspired by a publication found on the Regional Technology Strategies website. Titled, “Arts, Culture and Design in Rural North Carolina”.To read the full report, visit http://rtsinc.org/publications/pdf/Rural_Arts.pdf
In response, I created several promotional avenues where specific artists gained recognition and additional revenue streams in New Bern, NC. Seeing the success in New Bern, I am willing to expand the opportunities to all creative people in Eastern North Carolina.
Our publication “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina” will contribute to your community as we take another step in building the creative economy. Please help to get the word out.
Greater Good Gallery
228 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560
################### START ####################
All creatives, including musicians, sculptors, writers, painters, crafters and more are invited to be included in the upcoming book titled “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina”.
The author of the art history book, Ben Alden Watford, is a native of rural eastern North Carolina from Hertford County. Watford has authored seven books and has made pottery for sixty years. Under the auspices of Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Watford is working with artists, Jon Derby and Lisa Bisbee Lentz to coordinate the contents of the art history book.
Watford explains, "Civilizations are judged, not by their wars, not by their politics or their leaders, but by the art that they produce. It is your privilege to inform the larger community and future generations of what you attempted to accomplish as an artist, who you are as a person, and show all concerned samples of the art that you have produced. As designed, the books will explain who you are as an artist."
Included with a page reservation, a book workshop will be held on Wed., Feb., 8, 2017 from 4-6pm at Greater Good Gallery, 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. During the book workshop, creative people will be on hand to help you with your page. A writer will help you with your biography profile. A designer will help you layout your page. A photographer will take your portrait and photoshoot your creative work (up to 3 pieces).
There is no fee to be included in the group photoshoot of all creative people to be held at 5:45pm on Wed., Feb., 8, 2017. The group photo is one in a sequential series which will be published in the art history book.
The deadline to reserve a page in “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina” is Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.
Inquire by email to info@GreaterGoodGallery.com or call (252) 649-1712.
Visit http://www.greatergoodgallery.com/history-of-art-book.html for more information online.
#################### END #####################
#### START ####
Greater Good Gallery will bring in the new year with live music, a book launch and artistic demonstrations during ART crawl through Greater Good Gallery on Fri., Jan. 13th from 5-8pm.
Enjoy a live performance by local musician, Magfirah Dahlan. Growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia, Magfirah Dahlan has traveled and lived in sixteen countries on four continents. She moved to New Bern, North Carolina in 2013 to be a Philosophy professor at Craven Community College after completing her PhD at Virginia Tech. Having successfully written and published academic work, she began her singer-songwriting career in 2016 by writing forty songs in the span of nine months. As an emerging artist in the pop folk genre, she has been described as a ‘lyrical genius’ who combines philosophical insights and poetic beauty, with a voice that is unassuming yet haunting. Magfirah has performed in New Bern, Goldsboro, and Washington, DC.
Ben Alden Watford will be signing books to launch his newest title, “James Stanley Jones vs The Klan.” The book begins during the late twenties and thirties. The story deals with two teenagers in a small village in Western North Carolina during the Jim Crow era. It is during the period when social contact between races is nonexistent, especially in rural America. Two individuals of different races find themselves drawn to each other. When one of them is murdered, the other is suspected. The mystery of the death and the resulting trial, fueled by hatred of the Klan, reaches the climax.
Carol Jones and Lisa Bisbee Lentz will be demonstrating oil painting techniques.
Call to artists: if you want to setup during ARTcrawls at Greater Good Gallery, please email info@GreaterGoodGallery.com or call 252-649-1712.
####### END ##########
Beer ARmy fundraiser for "A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina" on Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017, 10am-11pm
Call to Artists: Demonstrate your talent in the Isaac Taylor Garden during ARTcrawl on Sept 9, 2016
GET ON THE POSTER! Send an email to Lisa by end of day Thursday, Aug. 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call to ARTISTS! SETUP in Isaac Taylor Garden at 228 Craven Streeet in #NewBern during Artcrawl on Sept., 9, 2016 from 5-8pm. Demonstrate your talents! Send an email to Lisa at info@GreaterGoodGallery.com
A local ENC band, The Spread, will be playing featuring Chris Jones on Piano/Vocals, Kathryn Morgan Vocals, Chris Taylor on Guitar, Will Phetterplace on Drums, Phil Wilson on Bass and Elton Daniels on Percussion. They won Battle of the Bands spot to play in Beaufort Music Festival in 2013.
Be included in the upcoming book, "A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina"
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY: If you are interested in this project please fill out the reservation form online www.greatergoodgallery.com/history-of-art-book.html
Three local artists are going to publish a book showcasing the entire creative community in Eastern North Carolina.
The book is being sponsored under the auspices of the Greater Good Gallery of New Bern, North Carolina.
The artists involved in this project are John Derby, Lisa Bisbee-Lentz & Ben Watford. The project is being undertaken to acknowledge those artists in Eastern North Carolina who have made a contribution to the art community.
As a creative artist in Eastern North Carolina, we are inviting you to participate in the endeavor.
Ben Watford explains, "Civilizations are judged, not by their wars, not by their politics or their leaders but by the art that they produce. It is your privileged to inform the larger community and future generations of what you attempted to accomplish as an artist, who you are as a person and show all concerned samples of the art that you have produced. As designed, the books will explain who you are as an artist."
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PAYMENT: February 14, 2017
Deadline to submit HI-RESOLUTION PDF of your page: February 14, 2017
DATE THE BOOK WILL BE PRINTED BY: the projected completion of the project is January 2018 (or earlier).
--> To participate, click here to reserve your spot today.
Chris Wagner, local artist, says, "The first ARTcrawl of summer is just over a week away! " It's Friday, July 8th, 2016 which should be a big time since BERNAROO MUSIC FEST will be performing all around New Bern.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Community Artist Will, our local non-profit organization, invites performers, visual artists, book-signing authors and creative folk to demonstrate their skills. If you are a creative person, setting up for ARTcrawl, please let Chris Wagner know where you will be in New Bern and what you will be doing. He will be sure to get you included in CAW's press release.
TO DO: Email Chris with your info to email@example.com with the header "Press Release".
DEADLINE: He needs your email by Sunday night, July 3rd, so he can send in the release on Monday.
If you are not in town this month, the invitation to participate is on-going... the future ARTcrawls are:
ARTISTS SETUP DURING ARTcrawl: Starting at 2 pm on Friday's ARTcrawl Sept. 9th, 2016, setup an easel on the pathway to the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center to demonstrate your talent. "Meet and Greet" the MS Bike Riders as more than two thousand participants register for the historic bicycle festival throughout the day until 6pm.
ARTISTS GET ON THE POSTER: One painting will be chosen to be printed on the poster promoting Greater Good Gallery's "MS Bicycle ARTcrawl Exhbit." DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION is July 18th. Please email a high-resolution jpg to firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTISTS SUBMIT YOUR BICYCLE PAINTING: If you would like to paint a bicycle for sale at Greater Good Gallery, please drop off your paintings by Thurs., Sept. 8th to 228 Craven Street, New Bern.
LOCAL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION: If you would like to honor the MS Bike Riders with a special promotion, please contact Linda Staunch or Melissa Riggle at 252 -637-9400. DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION is July 18th.
More about the MS Bike Ride on September 10-11, 2016, visit www.visitnewbern.com/calendar/event-details?3107
EVENT: Launch Party & Book Signing for new book, “My Little Plastic Bag” by Sam Love and Samrae Duke
You are invited to the Launch Party to celebrate the new book, "My Little Plastic Bag" by author Sam Love, illustrated by Samrae Duke. The author and illustrator will be on location at Greater Good Gallery to sign books. Refreshments will be served.
DATE: Thursday, July 14th
TIME: 5:30 to 7pm
LOCATION: Greater Good Gallery, 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC
The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for My Little Plastic Bag on Thursday July 14 at 5:30 pm. The book with text by local poet Sam Love and illustrator Samrae Duke tells the story of what happens to a plastic bag when a little girl throws it out the window. Through brightly colored illustrations a child can follow the plastic through the ecosystem into the ocean where small bits are eaten by fish. Finally the chemicals in the plastic come back to Amy’s family in the fish her family eats.
The story is based on a poem by Sam Love that appeared in his poetry book, Converging Waters and in Duke University’s Eno magazine. “I get really angry when I see the plastic pieces that the mowers cut up on the side of the road and I wanted to create an educational book for young children that helps them understand there is no ‘away’,” according to Love.
“This book can be valuable to teach young people about the problems plastic trash creates in our aquatic environment,” says Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.
For more information, email Sam Love at email@example.com
Artists in New Bern are honoring the military brats by painting dandelions. The project began when Bob Holliker visited New Bern in 2016. Lisa Bisbee Lentz; Lee Hood; Carol Jones; the Giorgianni's (Dom, Tammy & son); Kristen Moffit; and Judy Schychowski have all contributed dandelion paintings to this cause of support.
Lisa Bisbee Lentz explains, " My dad, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and friends have been in the military. I'm thankful everyday for their contributions to keep us safe. Allowing me the freedom to paint. It's a blessing. I know that these military brats have to move from place to place, start new friendships and schools. I imagine it's not easy for military kids to adjust quickly. We paint these dandelions to show our support."
Why a Dandelion?
Bob Holliker is honoring those who followed their military parents serving our nation. Holliker explains, "The concept for the BratPin began in 2009 when I contacted my US Congressman, Bob Latta (R/OH), and asked him why America’s Military Brats have never been recognized for their – for our – service to our nation."
Holliker found this: “The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the wind carries them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands and new friends.
Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and in every color, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.” ~ Anonymous
FOLLOW THE MILITARY BRATS: Brat Pride on facebook or visit http://bratpride.com
TO PARTICIPATE: Please submit your painting of a dandelion to Greater Good Gallery, 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560. We'll ship the paintings to Bob Holliker and he will offer them for sale on bratpride.com. If you painting sells, you will receive $21.
Colorfest is an event for youth of all ages to come out and take part in helping to beautify the city of New Bern and surrounding areas. Colorfest is now in its fourth year and we could not be happier with the warm response and participation from the surrounding communities! Kids ages 7-16 come together and take part in painting murals, and a judged chalk art competition (ages 12-16). The outdoor mural project will take approximately 6 years to complete. The mural will be already sketched out to its entirety and the participating kids will be painting within their squares; within the guidelines on each panel. The mural will be landmarks, places and history related to the city of New Bern. Also along with the project there will be face painting, music, skating and various activities throughout the day.