Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gifts for the Swiss

I was pleased and honored to be chosen by the City of New Bern to create gifts for the Mayor of Bern, Switzerland and the Swiss Ambassador for their recent trip to New Bern for our Jubilee.

Jan Francoeur

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Just home from a 30 hour holiday

Our friends DandD gave us a gift certificate for a BandB in Williamston for our birthdays!

On the way we saw fields of tobacco, peanuts and cotton ready to be picked. This field was stunning and there was cotton as far as you could see.

 Since we were going up that way we went paddling on Merchants Millpond. Talk about another world. I went a few years ago but Michael had never been.

So quiet, so serene, almost prehistoric!

Here is a link to Merchants Millpond State Park Website.

As we were driving to the BandB it started to rain - talk about good timing. We welcomed the rain, it has been very dry here this summer. A tropical storm is a welcome event this year. 

The BandB we went to is called Big Mill and the Innkeepers name is Chloe. Our room was fabulous and breakfast was served in our room. Our "room" was really 3 large rooms, a bath, a bedroom and a large combination livingroom kitchen dining room. there was free wifi, a refrigerator, stove, and microwave.

The room we stayed in was called the Pack house. Here is a link to her website.

We ate dinner at SunnySide Oyster Bar, which was a trip. It's been there since 1935. There isn't a typical kitchen, their oysters are steamed out back behind the restaurant, brought in b the pect, and shucked for you in an old fashioned, horseshoe shaped bar.
Some of their shuckers have been there over twenty years! Here is a link to their website.

From Williamston we drove out to Manteo. I'll talk a about that in my next post, part of which I will direct to our City fathers.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Now THATs a view from the porch

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Bern's 300th Anniversary Jubilee Weekend

For my readers who don't live here, we had a fabulous 300th Jubilee Weekend!

I missed most of the events because I was working at Carolina Creations but this morning I got out and took a few pictures.
Our corner with the "new" bridge in the background.
Just a block from my house I watched the Ada Mae escort the Elizabeth II into New Bern.
We've lived here over twenty years and I still can't get over how beautiful it is here.
View from my porch!

 The new History Education Center at Tryon Palace

 The Pepsi Store all decked out!

More bunting!

I love New Bern!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wow What a Week Another Award

Once again Carolina Creations was named Simply the Best Gift and Specialty Store, and the Best Place to Buy Art and Sculpture.

Thank you Sun Journal Readers for these awards.

We NEVER take them or YOU for granted!

Monday, September 13, 2010

North Carolina Art Education Association
Awards Recipients to be Honored
The Board of the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) met
Saturday, September 11, 2010 and finalized the awards program for the
2010-2011 school-year. 

We congratulate our “Art Stars” as exemplary art
educators and advocates in their fields and will celebrate their
accomplishments during the NCAEA Professional Development State
Conference in New Bern, North Carolina, at the first general session Friday
October 22, 2010. 

We are pleased to announce Dr. Mark Sidelnick, Associate
Professor of Education and Arts Education Coordinator at the University of
North Carolina at Asheville has been named the North Carolina Art Education
Association Art Educator of the Year 2010-2011. Please join us in
congratulating and honoring the following award recipients:
NCAEA Friends of the Arts NC principals or administrators, corporations,
community people, organizations and groups who have made 
significant contributions to the visual arts in North Carolina
Local Recipients are:
Janet and Michael Francoeur
Carolina Creations
Carol Tokarski
Craven County Arts Council

Thursday, September 09, 2010

ArtWalk is Friday night September 10 5-9 pm

He is one more painting for my show. This was done looking out the window of my studio. Not a bad view!

Hope everyone will come downtown tomorrow night! ArtWalk is always a lot of fun.

Now I've got to get busy and make a couple pots for next weekend.

I was chosen to make gifts for the Mayor of Bern, Switzerland and the Swiss Ambassador from the City of New Bern! I'm honored.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Front Page Above the Fold in the Sun Journal

There was a wonderful article about me in this paper this morning! Talking about my new show and how we came to New Bern.

Photo copyright Sun Journal - Charlie Hall
Thank you Charlie Hall for this and all the support you give to the arts and what we do in Downtown New Bern.      Click here to read the article.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Last painting finished for my show

Here is the last painting for my upcoming show.It shows the new bridge. The color in this photo isn't just right.

Now I've got to get to work doing some clay commissions I have been putting off while I finished these paintings.

No rest for the weary.