31 Days of Thanks Insight into who has influenced us, our art, and our business throughout the years.
Shortly after our arrival I went into the arts council to see what that was all about and met the executive director Cary.
Cary was the director when we started having ArtWalks - the first one was for the Governors Conference on Tourism. ArtWalks have really done a lot to promote the arts in our Downtown and boost business.
During that first visit to the Arts Council I picked up a newsletter.
In the newsletter the announcement was made that they had hired a new gallery director, a graduate of Siena Heights College - "you have to be kidding I thought", my graduating class at Siena was only 100, what are the chances another graduate was here in New Bern?
I made a phone call, and said, "I'm not big into this alumni thing but I went to Siena too." That was the start of our now 24+ year friendship with Carol Tokarski.
I was thrilled when Carol and I had a joint show at the Arts Council, it was a show of New Bern scenes and the first watercolors I'd done since college. As I remember Carol painted trees and I painted architecture.
Through the years we've worked on different projects together, most recently A Dickens of a Christmas and the Dickens Story Boards.
Thank you Arts Council, Cary and Carol!!
- Jan Francoeur