Thursday, March 05, 2015

March Newsletter

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Carolina Creations Newsletter March 2015

Garden Art Show 
Duke Gardens in late May by Brenda Behr
Our annual Garden Art Show includes paintings by Brenda Behr, Sally Sutton, Donna Robertson, Janet Dixon and lots of new 3d art for the garden too!

Two dimensional art in the show includes copper spinners, birdhouses, bird feeders, wind chimes, garden stakes, wall hangings, metal sculpture and more!

This show runs through the end of April.

March 13
5-8 pm!
New Work by Gallery Artists

We have lots of new paintings by our gallery artists

                            Sally Sutton - oils and acrylics



 Donna Robertson - oils


Brenda Behr  - oils and watercolors   




     Pat Holscher - watercolors





New Garden Art Poles

They come with an auger type stake that 
holds them upright in the garden.




 Birdhouses and    
 bird feeders


 Steve Fabrico 


Swarovski Crystal sun catchers  


  Glass hearts with and without wings -  
  Meredith developed a complicated process of
  creating the appearance of bubbles in glass. 

Garden stakes made of glass and copper  


Engraved Wood Fish Corkscrew
Wine Key Bottle Opener
We can have these personalized for you!



Recycled aluminum is being used to
create lots of wonderful art work
Here are a couple of our new artists using this material.

Tree of Life by Devin Mack.


  Aluminum With a Twist made from race cars!




Jewelry with colored gemstones

Just to name a few of the new pieces
and new artists that have just arrived!  


Thank you for supporting our 
Valentine Hand Crafted Card Show
Due to your support we were able to send a check for $1643 to the Art Teachers Fund to buy supplies.
Downtown Shows
Support for the Arts
The Craven Arts Council and Gallery "Unity Through the Arts" Fundraiser has made a huge impact on the look of Broad Street.
Non-profits, businesses and individuals purchased flags featuring artwork by local artists to help enhance the aesthetics of this gateway to our Downtown.  
Jan and Michael Francoeur, Carolina Creations owners, are honored to have three flags with their artwork on them. If you haven't driven down Broad Street to see them you should!
The Next Chapter has a new owner
Mary Jo Buckl is the new owner at The Next Chapter - welcome to our Downtown community!

Artisan Square 
Behind the Arts Council a Brewery has opened and has space for local artists to show their work.

Our Downtown just keeps getting better and better!   

Carolina Creations Calendar 2015

March 1-April 30 - Garden Art Show -
Garden Art Show
March 1-April 30
Paintings and Garden Art - including work by Steve Fabrico (birdhouses and feeders), Gail Chavenelle (metal garden sculpture), Bradley Cross (copper spinners), paintings by Brenda Behr, Donna Robertson, Sally Sutton, and other gallery artists.

March 13 5-8 pm ArtWalk!

April 10, 2015 -
5-8 pm - ArtWalk - Reception for Home and Garden Tour Participants. Open to the public. Meet the artist who paints the images used on the Home Tour Poster. Prints available of the painting. 

The Colors of Cuba
Photos by Lou Plummer
May 8-June 30

May 1, 2015 - 
5-8 pm - ArtWalk
- The Colors of Cuba photography by Lou Plummer, show runs through June 30, open daily.

June 8, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk - The Colors of Cuba continues.

June 25th-June 27th - Thursday-Saturday. Cape Cod Underpainting workshop with Mike Rooney,  click here for the details!

Workshop with Mike Rooney
June 25-June 27
Cape Cod Underpainting Workshop 

July 10, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk - At the Shore through August 31 Paintings and other wall art depicting the North Carolina Waterway.

August 14, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk

September 11, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk

October 9, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk

November 13, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk - Double Vision - Artists Brenda Behr and Robert Rigsby - plein air painters - paint the same scene, each with their own take on it! Show runs through January 5. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

November 27 and 28 - Christmas Open House

December 11, 2015 - 5-8 pm - ArtWalk

Downtown New Bern Calendar

Home Tour Art by Jan Francoeur
Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour 
Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11, 2015

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy beautiful spring in New Bern and visit historic homes and gardens on the annual "Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour."  
On April 10th and 11th homeowners invite you into some of the most beautiful and interesting historic homes in downtown New Bern. Get a behind the scenes look at homes that have much to tell us of the history of this town founded in 1710. Stroll through beautiful gardens and admire a delightful array of fountains. In addition to the homes, gardens and fountains, many downtown houses of worship will be open for tours.
Poster art by Jan Francoeur, prints will be available at Carolina Creations.  

More calendar events:

March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28 Shrek The Musical JR (Children's Musical, StageHANDS) New Bern Civic Theatre.

Friday, March 13, Garden Art and Garden Paintings Show with work from gallery artists opens during ArtWalk at Carolina Creations. 5-8 pm. Show runs through the end of April.

Friday, March 13, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm.

Saturday, March 14 9-4, and Sunday March 15 Home and Garden Show, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 At the Gallery: Irving Berlin 7:00pm Bank of the Arts.

Saturday, March 28 The Downtown Dare 10:00am. Event will begin on East Front Street in Historic Downtown New Bern in the empty waterfront lot next to The Galley Store.

Friday, April 10, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm.

April 10-11 New Bern Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour 10:00am-4:00pm.  Historic Downtown New Bern.

April 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00pm, April 19, 26 at 3:00pm Les Miserables, Rivertowne Players, Masonic Theatre.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm  Washington's Southern Tour: Dinner with President Washington in the Stanly House Garden. More information at

Saturday, April 25, 2015 At the Gallery: Harold Arlen 7:00pm Bank of the Arts.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm Washington's Southern Tour: President's Ball at Tryon Palace.

Sunday, May 3, 7:30 PM The North Carolina Symphony Presents: Appalachian Spring, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

For more details visit Downtown Blog by clicking here.

Spring Can't Come Soon Enough! 
Spring is just around the corner. We remember our first spring in New Bern. We had arrived the end of May so missed the early spring blooms. We were blown away the next spring when the azaleas, dogwood and wisteria bloomed. We've been here since 1989 and still go out each spring and take photos and are still in awe of the beauty.
Looking forward to seeing you in our Downtown.
Jan and Michael 
And our wonderful staff at Carolina Creations,
Lou, Donna, Irene, Lori, Donna, and Maggie!

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