Check out New Bern’s Art Scene!

With a lot of artists living in our town, New Bern is a city rich in the arts! For a small town, we have so many art galleries, shops, and events! I’m sure that’s why enthusiasts from around the Country flock to New Bern’s art venues.

New Bern’s artists and galleries were even featured in Artsee Magazine! Read “New Bern, beyond the Palace Walls” article by visiting Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation’s blog.

I credit the Craven Arts Council and Bank of the Arts as the driving force behind New Bern’s arts scene. They spearhead Downtown Artwalks and numerous shows and events throughout the year!
New Bern art lovers, artists, and visitors look forward to the Downtown ArtWalks!
Mark your calendars for upcoming Artwalks scheduled for April 20, May 11, and July 13.
What really happens during Artwalk? People visit the Craven Arts Council or participating businesses and receive a brochure that highlights participating businesses. Artwalks begin at 5pm and people visit the locations, enjoy the shows, meet the artists, and some places even offer beverages and snacks!
Contact the Craven Arts Council for details about upcoming ArtWalks (638-2577).  Find out about the participating businesses and restaurants. Visit them at
Besides artwalks, check out featured artists work at many of the galleries. You’ll also find locals painting “en plein air”.
Are you interested in live performances? There’s always something happening in town. From the New Bern Civic Theatre, RiverTowne Players, Athens Mystery Theatre, Ratio Theatre Company, Eastern Carolina Jazz, Down East Folk Arts Society, Broad Street Social Club, to annual performances presented by local non-profit organizations.
New Bern is a also a perfect place for photographers as the scenery is spectacular in the Croatan National Forest, Downtown New Bern and everywhere in between!
Tell us what you think about the Arts in New Bern by commenting below or sending me an email. You can also visit New Bern Now’s Facebook page.
Wendy Card
About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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