Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Home and Garden Tour

Every year for ten years or so I've done a painting of one of the homes on the tour for the poster. Here is this years along with photos of it in progress.

The tour is April 7 and 8, 2017. We will have our usual reception for the public and for the tour participants on Friday night, April 7, from 5-8 pm. We serve refreshments and I'll be there with prints of the home tour art.
Here is a link to the Historical Society with more information about the tour.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Things to Do in New Bern North Carolina

We love our little town, it's beautiful, friendly, and it gets into your blood.

Here is a list I compiled today of things to do, there are many more....

1. Shop at Carolina Creations, 317 Pollock St. or the website.
2. Lots of other shopping and restaurants in our downtown.
3. Visit Tryon Palace.
4. New Bern Fireman's Museum.
5. Walk the Waterfront.
6. Listen to music at several places. My favorite is at the DoubleTree Jazz on the Deck in the summer months.
7. Go kayaking, I put in 100 feet from my house!
8. Hike the Croatan.
9. Visit the Battlefield Park.
10. Go to the Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
11. See the Canterbury Christmas Lights in December.
12. Go the the lighting of the New Bern Christmas tree in the round a bout to kick off the Christmas Season.
13. Participate in the Beary Merry Christmas in Downtown New Bern, Thanksgiving through Christmas.
14. Go to the Annual Sunday Jazz Showcase sponsored by the Craven Arts Council.
15. Annual Antique show to support historical preservation.
16. BBQ in Blue Jeans to raise funds for the Fireman's Museum.
17.  Historic Home and Garden Tour I do the artwork for this each year!
18.  Have fun at  MumFest sponsored by Swiss Bear and the City of New Bern
19. The 2nd Friday of each month see what's new on the art scene 5-8 pm ArtWalk!
20. Carolina Chamber Music Festival.
21. Empty Bowl Project sponsored by the Craven Arts Council.
22. Annual Valentine Card Show and Sale sponsored by Carolina Creations.
23. Hear the NC Symphony in New Bern.
24. Boat Parade in December.
25. Christmas Parade
26. Cookie Walk at Christ Church
27. Kitchen Tour to benefit the Food Bank
28. Drive Through Nativity
29. Neuse River Bridge Run
30. Fourth of July Celebration
31. OctoberFest
32. GhostWalk sponsored by New Bern Historical Society.
33. New Bern Civic Theatre
34. New Bern Academy Museum
35. Walking Tours

This is the short list!!   Come visit.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.” 
― Ellen Goodman

2016 was trying in many ways, but there was joy and thankfulness as well. As we look at the blank pages of 2017 we are hoping for peace, new beginnings, friends and family to become closer,  lots of inspiration and time to act on it.

Friday, December 30, 2016

January Newsletter

Winter Hours
Mon-Sat  10-6

Sun 11-3

Open New Years Day

Open until 8 pm the second Friday of each month for ArtWalk

Valentine Card Show and Sale 
by Craven County School Students
Year 10!
Each year School Students create valentine cards, learning various techniques in their classrooms. We donate the cardstock and envelopes and they donate the talent. We then sell the cards for $3.50 each and donate all proceeds back to the school art classes. In this way we can promote young artists, show their work in a gallery setting, they learn new techniques, and we can give back to the community.

Meet the artists during

ArtWalk January 13 from 5-8
This year the price of the cards is $3.50.

Sally's Painting Party

Thursday, January 19 - 6:30-9 pm
at Francoeur Studio   

Carolina Creations Presents

Garden Walk
Sally Sutton's Painting Party
Paint your own acrylic painting of this image on canvas with artist sally sutton!
Thursday January 19, 2016  from 6:30pm - 9:00pm

We have a nice selection of things on sale!
Christmas items



We need to make room for new art and artists!

Shown are a few of the pieces on sale
Papermaking workshop
Illuminated Paper Possibilities!
Workshop with renowned paper artist Helen Heibert
April 29 & 30 in New Bern, NC
Turn flat sheets of paper into sculptural forms - the possibilities are endless! Participants will create a sampling of objects that expand and collapse, open and close, fold and unfold. Come explore the creation of multi-paneled structures that can turn into books, tubes, tunnels, lanterns and more. In this workshop, we'll explore various ways to weave papers; we'll turn envelopes into works that convert into wall or window hangings, books or lanterns with an adaptation of the piano hinge binding; and we'll embed wire between sheets of paper to produce lamps or sculpture.

Class will run from 10-4 each day with a break for lunch. 
Our class will take place in historic downtown New Bern.   There are      numerous restaurants, hotels and B & B's located downtown as well as many historic attractions.  Here's a link -  http://www.newbern-nc.org/
Tuition for the 2 days, including materials, is $270, due upon registration, no later than January 31st.  Cancellations before this date will receive a full refund minus $25 processing fee.  No refund after January 31st unless your space can be filled.  Checks and credits cards accepted for payment.  To register or for more information about the workshop and where to stay please contact Lou Plummer at bowwowmolly@mindspring.com or call 252-672-9052.
Meet the artist
Tracy Arrington
Surrounding herself with an array of precious metals and gemstones ignites Tracy Arrington's creativity. As she plays with these materials, she develops new designs and collections, focusing on pieces that are striking, wearable, and distinctive. Arrington loves the contrast of luxurious gold with the deep steel-gray of oxidized silver; she uses these and other materials in her work.

Texture and contrast are an integral part of Tracy's designs. Each element, such as spirals, swirls, and disks, are cut, formed, and textured by hand using a rolling mill or hammer. Sterling silver elements are oxidized to set off the beauty of the gold. Gemstones are individually chosen and hand-wrapped. Each design is created one piece at a time in her Florida studio.

After earning a BA, Arrington spent 12 years as a buyer and merchandiser in the gift, home decor, and education fields. In 2008, she decided to follow her passion: she started designing and creating beautiful jewelry. She received formal bench training and continues to study under many talented goldsmiths across the country. She shares her studio with her blue-mitted ragdoll cat, Olivia.

We first met Tracy in 2009 at a show. As a member of the Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), I was assigned to give a critique of her work and her booth. I didn't see her again for a couple of years and was very impressed with the quality of her work and how she had incorporated my suggestions into her displays. We've been pleased to represent her ever since.

See more of Tracy's work!

Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Carolina Creations! 

To enter just email us by clicking here and put in the message line
Watch for the next Newsletter to see who wins.
We always love your notes too!
Congratulations to Marcia Alford for winning the December drawing.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Twig Kids

The twig kids have arrived!

Ashley has been a fiber artist for about 11 years now. She decided to live her dream and go full time about 2.5 years ago and absolutely loves every minute of what she does.

TwigKids are fully jointed, organic dolls that can be posed in many positions. They are made of 100% cotton and recycled materials. TwigKids are made for both adults and kids 5 years and older and are durable enough to withstand the excitement of young imaginations! They measure approximately 20 inches long.

TwigKids are inspired by a childhood drawing that Ashley discovered several years ago. She decided to create a doll version of the drawing because it made her laugh and it also represented the innocents of her young mind.

The Twig Kids promote environmental consciousness that people of all ages can relate to. 


How cute are they!?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

New Bern at Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sallys Painting Party

Carolina Creations Presents

Garden Walk
Sally Sutton Painting Party

Paint your own acrylic painting of this image on 11 x 14" canvas with artist Sally Sutton!

Thursday January 19, 2016  from 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Sip, snack and paint!

All supplies and snacks will be provided so all you need to do is be ready to enjoy some time with friends creating your own painting! 

Sally will have the image drawn out on the canvas, she will lead you through painting it.

Wear clothing that is casual or bring an apron. Cost $55  
Location: Francoeur Studio, 229 E Front Street, New Bern "click here to see location on the map".  Register here or by calling 252-633-4369. 

If you get lost the evening of the party call 252-626-3376.

Due to the fact that the class size is limited cancelations must be made 48 house in advance so we can call people that are on our waiting list. For cancelations made less than 48 hours in advance - the fee will be held for you to use toward an upcoming painting party.

To sign up click here!