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
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
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.
Press Release Call to Artists: Greater Good Gallery “Raw Reflections” Annual Valentine ARTcrawl Exhibit
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CALL FOR ARTISTS:
Greater Good Gallery “Raw Reflections” Annual Valentine ARTcrawl Exhibit
Greater Good Gallery invites any artists to submit their works depicting the human form on Monday Feb. 9th or Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2015.
Submissions will be showcased in the "RAW REFLECTIONS" exhibit for the Valentine ARTcrawl on February 13, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm inside the Isaac Taylor House at 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. The theme includes visual works of art reflecting upon figures of life drawing, silhouettes of human anatomy, and representations of the human form.
Chris Wagner will introduce the first in his series of paintings representing model Jennifer Stevens Alphin, a current breast cancer patient working her way to earning the title of survivor. Wagner explains, “The idea behind the project is to share her strength, beauty and spirit as an inspiration to other women in similar situations. We want to show other women that despite the physical costs of breast cancer, they will emerge from their battles no less beautiful, and no less of a woman.” Wagner will work on the series throughout the year to encompass Alphin’s encounters with chemo, mastectomy surgery, and ultimately reconstruction surgery.
Lisa Bisbee Lentz will exhibit a brief classical art history lesson featuring her small oil paintings depicting figurative sculptures from the ancient timeline. Lentz elaborates, “In my study of the human body, I work out the fundamental proportions by copying the marble and bronze statues of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. For instance, Polykleitos, the Greek sculptor created Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) in idealistic proportions where a head equals one-seventh of the entire body.” The collection begins with the Archaic style depicting a flat Egyption standing male titled “Kouros” and evolves into Greek idealism and the naturalistic anatomy of Roman realism.
Other participating artists include Becky Preece, Jerry Scott, Carol Jones, Bernice Abraham, Lee Hood, Laura Gammons, Kristen Moffitt, and Samrae Duke. The figurative works of legendary New Bern Artist, Willie Taglieri will also be on display, courtesy of the Taglieri family. Local Nexus poet, Meg Wethington will be performing sensual poetry readings.
The Valentine show continues late evening at the Brown Pelican with speciality beverages to suit the Valentine occasion.
For more information, visit http://www.greatergoodgallery.com or call 252-649-1712.
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See the award-winning artwork by Richard Hamilton at Betsy Drake Interiors. Mitchell Hardware features prints of its interior painted by Lee Hood. See the folk artworks of Tessie Adams at Trent River Coffee Co. Top Shelf Consignments & Boutique features new works by Kathleen Bailey, Cat's Eye Natural mineral jewelry, Cindy Hamilton's hand-made metal jewelry, sea glass jewelry by Kim Nelson, and photography by Lynn Barron Goodwin. Ballantyne Framing & Art will host native New Bernian Artist, Gerry King, who will be promoting his new book "The Paper Route."
See new works by Chris Wagner and Ed Macomber at Studio Four Thirteen on Broad Street.
Off South Front Street, The Next Chapter will be displaying the work of watercolorist, Mimi Dixon's paintings depicting impressionistic and representational abstracts.
On the 100 block of Middle Street, stop by to see award-winning artist Marvin Maune's watercolors.
On the 200 block of Middle Street, visit with bohemian artists of New Bern in the BTM Garden with Braedon Welsh, Meg Wethington, Heather Main, Chris Wagner, Samrae Duke, Martin Henry, Amber Ayala and Elisa Maple. The Cogs and Wheels project of stories will be embellished with the public's participation. The performance of live music is by Jesse Iaquinto and The Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC.
See the new silhouette paintings of simple human form by Se'rah Cheatham at MJ's Raw Bar. Artist Becky Coleman will be onsite at Midtown Olive Oil. Blaine Kruger will be painting on charts at the Boathouse. See limited edition civil war prints at Framing Fox. CAW's second Co-op program unleashes at The Antiquery Boutiquery Art Gallery with a reception of new works on the walls by Jerry Scott, Rachel Wheeler, Susan Spirko and Robin Gockley.
The 300 block of Middle Street, attend Beth Gosnell's opening reception at Cheshire Moon!
On Pollock Street, Fine Art at Baxters Gallery presents “Eastern Coastal Views” a body of works by landscape painters, Barbara Hesketh, Nancy Noel May, Jane Faudree, and Karen Crenshaw. Upstairs at Baxters, artisans will be working in their studios including Sandy Bruno, GeeVee Meyer and Jill Eberle. At Carolina Creations Art Gallery, featured artist Robert Rigsby of Goldsboro, exhibits "Good Things Come in Small Frames." Robert Daniels’s artwork exhibit and Wine Tasting starts at 5pm in the Galley Store.
Starting at 7pm, enjoy live entertainment with "Fools Rush In" Jazz Musicians at Rivertowne Ballroom. "The Marvelous Wonderettes Caps and Gowns " performance starts at 8pm in the Masonic Theatre.
For more information about the ARTcrawl, visit http://www.communityartistwill.com or phone 252-649-1712.