Craven Art Council presents several art galleries in June

NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) — The Craven Art Council is ready for June with several art galleries on display.

Finale of the American composer: Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery: American Composer Finale”, performed by Ken Kennedy at 7 p.m. on June 25. The last concert of the season will feature the music of each of the composers in 2021-2022 at the Série Galerie. The event will take place at the Bank of the Arts located at 317 Middle St in New Bern. This concert will highlight American composers such as Bessie Smith, Herbie Hancock, Dolly Parton and many more. A native of High Point, Ken Kennedy has performed at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute when donating the space shuttle Enterprise and many other places. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, available in person at the Bank of the Arts, by phone at 252.638.2577, or online at www.cravenarts.org.

Build it Yourself (DIY) Conference: Craven Arts Council & Gallery is hosting a Develop It Yourself (DIY) conference at the Bank of the Arts, New Bern Civic Theater and Harrison Center on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event is designed to help artists learn more about developing their professional career as an artist and will include talks on topics such as marketing and accounting, as well as networking opportunities. This one-day conference will be held downtown at the Harrison Center, New Bern Civic Theater and Bank of the Arts. The event will include presentations from former Artist Support Grant recipients, professional development talks and a panel discussion with local artist Jill Eberle, Sydney Steen of the North Carolina Arts Council and Jonathan Burger, Executive Director of Craven Arts Council & Gallery. To see the full schedule of events and register to attend, go to www.cravenarts.org.

Christine Provard in Director’s Gallery: Friday, June 11e from 5 to 8 p.m., the Craven Arts Council will present the work of Christine Provard in the Director’s Gallery. Christine Provard is a local artist known for her watercolors of the North Carolina coast. The Craven Arts Council will host a reception during the June ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 10, located at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, New Bern. The Craven Arts Council & Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juneteenth Main Gallery: On June 19 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Craven Arts Council will present the annual Juneteenth exhibition in the Main Gallery. This exhibition will feature works by local African-American artists. The Craven Arts Council will host a reception during the June ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 10. June 19 is celebrated on June 19 each year and commemorates the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Texas after the Civil War. In honor of this event, local African-American artists will present artwork about partying, African-American history, their experiences as African-Americans, and what freedom means to them. Artists included in the Juneteenth exhibit include Toni Graves, Jacinda Aytch, Kevin Cruz and Diamond Campbell. The works in the exhibition feature a wide variety of mediums and style ranging from Afro-futurism to portraiture.

To see a full schedule of events and register to attend, visit www.cravenarts.org.

Norma D. Ross