CAW Center for the Arts to Salute Memorial Day with Themed Art

CAW Center for the Arts

Palace Irises painting by Karen Rawson and Vietnam Memorial photography by Jeanne Julian

The CAW Center for the Arts in New Bern will exhibit original works with red, white, and blue motifs and Memorial Day themes for the month of May.

Paintings, photography, and art in a variety of other media will be unveiled in a special exhibit during Art Walk on May 12. The exhibit will run through the month of May 2017. All works will be available for sale at affordable prices, according to Blaine Kruger, president of CAW.

“The artists of our collective are paying their respects to those who lost their lives in military service,” Kruger said. “During a time of conflicts abroad and at home, we can come together in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Art Walk, organized by the Craven Arts Council, is held on the second Friday of each month from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. In addition to the CAW Center for the Arts, the event includes many other galleries, restaurants, and retail shops in downtown New Bern.

CAW Center for the Arts also will feature Karen Rawson as Artist of the Month for May. In 2015 Rawson was awarded first prize at the Twin Rivers Art Association (TRAA) annual show in New Bern. Rawson has studied with many prominent North Carolina artists and has been active with the Coastal Carolina Plein Air Painters for several years. Her work explores the magical effects of color and light in everything from a daffodil bouquet to a misty harbor.

CAW Center for the Arts features an eclectic collection of paintings, jewelry, photography, wood crafts, stained glass, basketry, weaving, paper filigree, and more. “It’s a great place to discover distinctive, affordable art for yourself or for a gift,” Kruger said.

All pieces are created by 33 local artists who volunteer at the gallery. Visitors frequently have the opportunity to see several artists at work in their studios there.

The CAW Center for the Arts gallery, located at 415 Broad Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Find more information on the web at

Submitted by: Susan Cheatham, CAW Center for the Arts

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