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
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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.
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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.
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Beer ARmy fundraiser for "A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina" on Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017, 10am-11pm
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
New Bern's Authors at Greater Good Gallery seek to inspire future writers during "Book Signing Week"
"Hey, come over here and check out my books!" announces Lisa Bisbee, who will be hosting Greater Good Gallery's "Book Signing Week" in July. It's a chance to meet local authors and get an intimate look at the seven titles chosen to be on exhibit in the old Isaac Taylor House at 228 Craven Street in historic downtown New Bern. Bisbee shares, "We intend to make a positive impression to the community, hopefully inspiring others to become creative and fulfill their own dreams of becoming an author."