The Center for the Arts regularly participates in joint cultural ventures such as the city’s monthly ArtWalk and ArtCrawl, connecting many different art venues and attracting residents and tourists alike. The Center also has held classes and workshops for paying and scholarship students.
CAW Center for the Arts:
Support and Opportunity for Developing Artists
Our Gallery and Studios
The Center for the Arts gallery and studios are based in New Bern, North Carolina, serving Craven, Pamlico, and Jones counties. Operated by the member artists themselves on an exclusively volunteer basis, it's a great place to discover distinctive, affordable art for your home or office--or to find a truly unique gift. Visit our Gallery and Studios pages to see what's currently on exhibit--and on our easels!
The top priority of the Center is support and opportunity for artists: maintaining exhibition and studio space open to the developing as well as the experienced artist who otherwise would be without a venue to create work and present it to the public:
The Center for the Arts Gallery exhibits approximately 20 artists at any given time, and currently offers working studio space to nine artists. These artists are engaged in creating jewelry, photography, knitwear, found object art, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings. The eclecticism of the Center provides exciting opportunities for a cross-fertilization of ideas, as well as inspiration, validation, mentoring, exposure, sales, and growth.
The Center for the Arts is more than a gallery: it serves as a “home away from home” for makers of art—with significant differences from an improvised home studio: it provides not only space, but also inspiration, constructive feedback on work, and opportunities to present finished work to the buying public. At the Center, working artists who have not yet achieved wide recognition display and sell their work, building their experience and reputations. Thus, the Gallery contributes to local prosperity by providing a modest income for artists. The gallery’s commission (10%) on sales of art is held well below average to encourage sales and maximize artist revenues. Offering such comparatively low price points, the gallery is a community resource, allowing people access to acquiring original art that they otherwise could not afford.
One example of how the CAW Center for the Arts connects artists is its “open critique” opportunities for local art groups; the Coastal Plein Air Painters often meet at the Center to review their latest outdoor works “through another’s eyes.” The individual artists represented here may change—and in fact, are congratulated when they may “graduate” to their own individual studios or to a solo exhibition thanks to a head start with CAW.
Their experiences and the work you'll see exhibited here are consistently of outstanding quality.