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Dual art exhibits, outdoor concert set for New Bern this weekend

July 7, 2014

By Charlie Hall, Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C.

July 07--An entertaining weekend with music and art is coming to downtown New Bern.

Another dual presentation of ArtWalk and ARTcrawl will come up Friday night and an outdoor concert is slated for Saturday evening at Union Point Park.

The exhibit "Stories" will open Friday during ArtWalk at the Bank of the Arts in New Bern. It continues through Aug. 30 at the 317 Middle St. gallery.

It is a project of Cogs and Wheels, a collection of stories submitted by local people, with accompanying hanging exhibit art. This unique exhibit includes interactive displays.

A paintings and wood-burning exhibit also opens Friday at the Bank of the Arts.

It features paintings by Jan Hoppe and wood-burned pieces by Daphne Thomas during July and August in the back gallery exhibit.

Call 638-2577 or visit cravenarts.org for information about Bank of the Arts events.

Also on the ArtWalk, some new exhibits will open.

Cheshire Moon Gallery, 323B Middle St., will have Beth Gosnell's "Shards and Visions" and photography by Curtis Blake.

Fine Art at Baxters, 323 Pollock St., will feature an open exhibit of portrait and traditional classical realism paintings by Luana Winner.

Carolina Creations, 317A Pollock St., will open "A Sense of Place" oil paintings by featured artists Mike Rooney and Dan Nelson.

The Accidental Artist, 219A Craven St., again will offer free studio time from 5 to 8 p.m.

Ballantyne Framing and Art, 220 Craven St., will have fabric artist and published author Michelle May, creator of Folk Art Fusion.

The Next Chapter Bookstore, 320 S. Front St., will showcase Peggy Krofchick, local watercolor and collage artist.

The Craven Arts Council Sculpture Park, located at North Carolina History Center, will have works by Paris Alexander, Jonathan Bowling, Jim Gallucci and Hanna Jubran.

The Summertime ARTcrawl also is scheduled for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Community Artists Will.

It will feature galleries, studios, art shops and various performance venues throughout downtown New Bern.

ARTcrawl is held the second Friday of every month.

For a map of participating locations in downtown New Bern, stop by the Community Artist Will, located at 228 Craven St. or visit communityartistwill.org on the web.

The third annual "Bern Summer Blast -- Meet us at the Point" comes up Saturday at Union Point Park.

The gates will open at 1:30 p.m., and the event will go until 10 p.m. The presenting sponsor is Weyerhaeuser Company and the bank sponsor is Trent Cadillac-Buick-GMC.

It will feature a trio of entertainers.

Spare Change will open the concert from 3 to 5 p.m.

Next up will be Emily Minor, former American Idol contestant, with her performance taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The headliner band, back by popular demand, will be The Tams, with a performance from 8 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are available at the New Bern Chamber of Commerce on South Front Street and Mitchell Hardware on Craven Street.

No coolers, food or pets will be allowed. Handicap parking will be available.

Advance tickets are $15, with a $20 charge at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adults.

Call 637-3111.

Here is a sampling of other events this week:

During July, A Hopeful Balance will offer free classes.

These will include Tuesdays at 6 a.m. for Sunrise Yoga at Union Point Park; Wednesdays at 8 a.m. for Relax & Restore Yoga Postures at the Middle Street Studio; Thursdays at 7 p.m. for Sunset Yoga at Union Point Park; Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for Free Relax and Restore yoga at the studio; and Sunrise Yoga each Saturday at 6:30 a.m. at Union Point Park.

Email hope@hopefulblance.com or call 633-1788.

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Bear Hands Art Factory has summer camps that begin Monday. "Fairy Homes Pottery" for ages 7 and up is at 9:30 a.m. at the 1208 Pollock St. studio.

Book Arts is at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Admission is $100 for each of the ongoing classes.

Call 514-2787 to register.

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Tryon Palace's Tryon Tots program returns Wednesday, with "Never Too Young for History: An American Revolution."

Preschoolers and parents will learn about the American Revolution by visiting the Governor's Palace -- the first state capitol of North Carolina. After the visit, youngsters will make an eagle to take home.

The program requires parental accompaniment and is for ages 3 to 5.

The program is designed for individual families. Space is limited to 20 preschoolers.

To reserve a spot, call 639-3524. Extra openings will be filled the day of the event on a first come, first served basis. Any preschool teachers interested in bringing a group can contact the Tryon Palace Groups Services coordinator at 639-3524.

It is from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child, with one adult; additional adults are $6.

The program is also included with regular admission.

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New Bern-Craven County Public Library will host its July Artist of the Month Reception at 7 p.m. Thursday.

This month will feature art by members of the Twin Rivers Art Association in the Hayden H. Jones Auditorium.

On Saturday, Summer Scrapbooking is at 10 a.m. Bring scrapbooking supplies and spend the morning crafting and creating.

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The Greater Duffyfield Residents Council will meet Thursday at the Stanley White Recreation Center in New Bern.

The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all residents.

Call Jamara Wallace at 626-2521.

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A free film titled "Triple Divide" is scheduled Thursday at New Bern'sTrent River Coffee Company, presented by Carolina Nature Coalition, Frack Free NC and River Guardian Foundation.

It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the 208 Craven St. venue.

"Triple Divide" is said to be "the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of hydraulic fracturing -- capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development."

This is the fourth of a series of films dedicated to environmental issues of concern to local citizens of Eastern North Carolina.

To sign up for information about the Carolina Nature Coalition's film series or other notifications, contact email carolinanaturecoalition@gmail.com.

Call Stella Smith at 571-4236.

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Ryan Frederick Stroud will kick off the "Dog Days of Summer" Thursday Concert Series in the Isaac Taylor Garden at 228 Craven St. in New Bern.

Local and regional bands will play every Thursday evening throughout July and August. Local musician Stroud, known as RFS, will play acoustic guitar and hip-hop on July 10 and again on Aug. 21.

The concert series admission is $2, and the gate opens at 6 p.m. It includes live music, treats, widescreen sports and beverages. For a schedule of the concert series, visit itaylorgarden.com on the web.

Call 626-7673.

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Simon Spalding will play Trent River Coffee Company on Friday, presenting "Around the World in 80 Tunes." The concert will feature musical instruments and tunes from near and distant lands.

The instruments include a kemane from Uzbekistan; an oud and a cumbus from Turkey; a hardangfele from Norway, a sitar from India, a joura from Greece; as well as a four-stringed instrument known as dorvon chiktei huur in its native Mongolia.

Trent River Coffee Company is at 208 Craven St. in New Bern. The music begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8, available at the door. Call 514-2030.

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The Saax Bradbury Players from New Bern Civic Theatre will present Disney's "Tarzan," the musical, beginning Friday.

Shows are Friday, Saturday and July 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pollock Street theater. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday and again on July 20.

Admission is $17 in advance and $19 at the door. Students and active duty military are admitted for $10 with photo ID.

It is directed by Noah Auten, produced by Lucas Dembart and musical direction by Brandon Banks.

The production is mentored by Alan Berger.

Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585.

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