Through the Portal: Glimpses into the Minds of Four Artists

Through the Portal at Bank of the Arts

Orion – The Hunter by Tom Grubb

September 5 – October 28

Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to present “Through the Portal” in the Main Gallery for the months of September and October. This exhibition will feature the unique perspectives of Jill Eberle, Tom Grubb, Elizabeth Darrow, and Michael Dorsey. Craven Arts Council will host an artist’s reception during the downtown New Bern Artwalk, September 8th, from 5pm to 8pm.

Through the Portal is an exhibition highlighting unique talents and perspectives. The four artists selected were chosen because each of their works reveals a subtle glimpse of an aspect of our world. The work in the exhibition evokes words like surreal, meditative, and flowing; contrasting intimate calm scenes with the tension of dark and bold colors. Each artist works in their own style and concept, yet is united by the numinous experience provoked by their art.

Jill Eberle is resident of New Bern, and taught for more than ten years at East Carolina University. Her pieces often use friends or actors as the models, depicted in traditional meterials such as charcoal and oil paint. Tom Grubb is a former sea captain who draws upon his experience to create surreal star charts and maps of the heavens in bamboo, wax, paint, and string. Elizabeth Darrow often works in oils with collaged flower petals, paper, and other materials to create figurative and mandala like pieces.  Michael Dorsey is also a local artist and retired East Carolina University professor, whose ink and watercolor works feature poetry for the viewer to read as they examine the pieces.

Bank of the Arts is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday thru Saturday and open until 8pm during Artwalks. Admission to all galleries is free.

For more information please contact Jonathan Burger, Marketing and Gallery Director,

Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Inc. at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., call 252-638-2577, or visit

Submitted by: Jonathan Burger, Craven Arts Council & Gallery

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