Craven Arts Council & Gallery presents the Twin Rivers Artists Association and Craven Community College Judged Exhibition in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts for the month of March.

This exhibition highlights the talents of local artists in our community and helps to encourage networking and artist participation in the Twin Rivers Artists Association.

Craven Arts Council & Gallery, 317 Middle St., New Bern, will host an opening reception for the exhibition during the downtown New Bern ArtWalk, Friday, March 12, from 5-8 p.m.

The Twin Rivers Artists Association (TRAA) exists to promote and encourage the creation, education, and appreciation of fine art in the region.

The over one-hundred-strong membership meets monthly to learn and discuss techniques, provide feedback, make social connections, and distribute news on the arts in the area.

Skill levels range from beginners to professional artists, in an environment that encourages cooperation and mentorship.

Once a year the Craven Arts Council hosts an exhibition of the group’s membership, combined with students from the local Craven Community College, in order to encourage the creation and exhibition of local art. Works on display will include painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, and mixed media.

This year’s juror for the exhibition will be Cathy Hardison. She is the Executive Director of the Wilson Arts Council. Prior to working at the Wilson Arts Council, she worked as the Finance Director for Emerge Gallery & Art Center and attended East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing with minors in both Business and English.

Director’s Gallery

The work of artist Chris Lane will be displayed in the Director’s Gallery for the month of March.

Lane will be presenting a series of work with birds as the subject matter. Craven Arts Council will host a reception during the March ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 12.

Lane is a local artist originally from New Bern, but moved to many cities including New York and Baltimore before returning.

He was interested in art and loved to draw and paint from an early age. This translated into him becoming interested in graffiti and incorporating that style in his paintings.

Lane incorporates many graffiti motifs into his work such as lettering and spray techniques and then uses colorful paint over top to hide certain parts and create the illusion of depth. This exhibition is no different as it utilizes the same technique of layering paint and the subject matter is all wildlife, in particular birds.

The Craven Arts Council & Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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