>New Bern Farmers Market will participate in ArtWalk September 9th from 5pm to 8pm. The market will feature Author – Ben Casey, Artist – Linda Hastings, Musicians – Jen Cahoon and Bill Rogers, a wine tasting by Bennett Vineyards, and a felting class by Alpacas of the Crystal Coast, as well as 30 other artists and crafters.
Author Ben Casey
Writer, photographer, and North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Ben Casey’s publications include All in One river: Falls Dam to Pamlico Sound, Interviewing the Neuse River; Living Waters: The Trent River, Wellspring for Jones County, North Carolina, and most recently, Dismal? The Great Dismal Swamp Canal. Casey has documented the restoration of the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham and has won first place awards for feature writing and a photo-essay from the North Carolina Press Association. In 2004-05 he created photo-essay slide shows for WRAL.com, the website for WRAL TV in Raleigh.
When Casey is not at work full time as the Public Information Officer for Pamlico Community College, he photographs the byways and waterways of Eastern North Carolina and conducts natural and historic photo-eco tours in these environs.
Casey is a native of New Bern and Arapahoe, a 1965 graduate of New Bern High School. He earned a bachelor’s from Atlantic Christian College (Barton) in 1969 and an MAT from Duke University in 1973. He now resides in Minnesott Beach in Pamlico County with his wife, Carolyn, an instructor in English and the humanities at Pamlico Community College.
Artist Linda Hastings
Versatility, the word that best describes the work of award winning designer Linda Hastings, a local New Bern resident. With a 40 year career in marketing, communications and product design, Linda’s ventures cover a wide range of ideas, techniques and creations. She loves to explore new approaches to familiar subjects and processes.
The ancient art of Chinese brush painting is Linda’s specialty, using authentic handmade Xuan papers, bamboo brushes and carved slate ink grinding stones. Years of study, beginning in 1972 under Master Henry Wo Yue-Kee have brought her work to new heights of beauty. Recently Linda was honored to attend a week-long Master’s class with Henry Wo, who is now 83 years old.
Watercolors, oils, acrylics, and silk painting techniques are all part of the broad range of interests that keep Linda busy. She paints, teaches and sells at her home studio and gallery in New Bern. She has been a member of the Twin River Artists Association, the Greenville Brushstrokes, and the NC Watercolor Society. Exhibitions and shows throughout the Eastern Carolina area have brought many awards and collectors for Linda’s work. She was also a vendor at the Farmer’s Market for several years, and is excited to return there for this event where she will demonstrate her Chinese painting skills.
Musicians Jen Cahoon and Bill Rogers
Jen and Bill from the award winning “Jen & Tonic Band” have teamed up to form an acoustic/electric duo called “Travelin’ Light”. They play a mix of folk, blues, ragtime, and a little Jimi Hendrix when the mood strikes! Jen sings with the passion and soul of artists such as Joss Stone and Susan Tedeschi. Bill plays electric and acoustic guitars in the style of country blues finger pickers such as Mississippi John Hurt. Jen and Bill are both from North Carolina and have been performing together as Travelin’ Light off and on for the past five years.
Bennett Vineyards Wine Tasting
Bennett Vineyards located in Edwards, NC are “vinters of America’s first wine.” Before the Jamestown Colony in 1617 and before Plymouth Rock in 1620 the settlers of Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony at Roanoke, NC were enjoying wine in 1585. The first American wine was made from native muscadine and scuppernong grapes which grew in abundance in the new land. These unique grapes, found only in southeastern US, make a unique wine. A wine which has nourished our nation from the earliest settlers to the present. Bennett Vineyards is proud to offer the opportunity to enjoy this wine that is so much a part of American history. The grapes are grown on land located between the Neuse and Pamlico rivers. It was granted to colonists from the Bennett family by King Charles II. Bennett Vineyards uses recipes and techniques of those of the earliest colonists. The estate bottled Bennett Vineyard Wines give the customer the true taste of the American colonial experience.
Learn the art of needle felting from alpaca fiber raised in Eastern North Carolina. Alpacas of the Crystal Coast will offer free demonstrations and instructional times. You can sign up early at New Bern Farmers Market booth 13 or just come to ArtWalk on September 9th from 5pm to 8pm.