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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
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.
Paint with me, walk ins are welcome daily 11am to 3pm, Sunday through Friday.
Fee of $20 per hour includes 8"x10" stretched canvas.
Larger canvas is available for additional cost.
We provide the Artist, Acrylic or Oil Paint, Brushes, Easels, and Aprons.
Refreshments and wine are not included in the fee.
Discover your creativity at Greater Good Gallery, 228 Craven Street.
To reserve a spot after 3pm, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays: artist Kristen Moffit
Mondays: artist Carol Jones
Tuesday-Friday: artist Lisa Bisbee Lentz
Ben Watford inspires artists to make affordable art. "I want everyone in the world to have one of my pots, so I keep the price affordable," explains Watford. Other artists in the Greater Good Gallery followed suit and began painting little canvases. "These are quick-studies, where we experiment with technique and composition," declares Lisa Bisbee Lentz. Carol Jones mentions, "Our alla prima oil paintings (a painting done all in one sitting) are fun and collectable for art lovers who have a tight budget." Lee Hood adds, "Some art patrons do not have room in their homes for big paintings, so these little paintings are a perfect size for those who love to collect art." Recently, digital artist, Jon Derby, began painting treasured little art pieces in his own pop-art style.
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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.