Carolinas to the Abacos

Carolinas to the Abacos

June 7 – July 27, 2013


                Local artist, Karen Cowan Edwards, will be our Gallery feature for the 2013 summer show to open on June 7th.  As a graduate of the Leo Jenkins School of Art at East Carolina University, she has continued to study across the State in university seminars and workshops with nationally recognized artists. 
                This show includes work across multiple mediums including acrylics and oils, with landscapes, seascapes portraits, still-lifes, and abstracts presented.   Karen has used her boating experiences to explore the coastline and is presenting this summer showing as a culmination of plein air and studio work. 
Karen shares the magnificent artistry of nature through her personal experience of traveling through the coastal waters of North Carolina to the isles of the Abacos.  She fills each piece of art with her love for the water and natural beauty found along the way, in hopes that the work will be a legacy for those who view it.  Her passion for the natural coastline has become a strong part of her continuous gift of art to others.  She and her husband of 35 years traveled the coastal shores as an inspiration for sharing the beauty of coastal living.    
                The Opening Reception will be on Friday, June 7 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an opportunity to meet Karen. The Council for the Arts is located at 826 Bridge Street in Jacksonville across from City Hall. Regular hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, please call 910/455-9840.


May 2013 Gallery Show - Freedom Fountain.

Freedom Fountain

May 5 - 27

Reception: Sunday, May 5 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

            Jacksonville’s newest landmark is right outside our building: The Freedom Fountain! This month our artists and photographers take center stage by showing off their favorite view of the Freedom Fountain. For this exhibition we opened our show to include students from Onslow County Schools. What better way to show off our newest landmark!

            The Freedom Fountain honors all individuals who have served and are serving the United States of America and especially those who have passed through Onslow County in the service of their Country. The fountain is located at the intersection of New Bridge Street and Johnson Boulevard, in the same block as the City Hall and will serve as a gateway to the downtown area at Lejeune Memorial Park where the Beirut Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and 9/11 Memorial. 

            The Opening Reception will be on Sunday, May 5 afrom 2:30pm – 4:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet the artists. The Council for the Arts is located at 826 Bridge Street in Jacksonville across from City Hall. Regular hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, please call 910/455-9840.


35th Annual Middle & High Student Art Competition

Grades 6 through 12. Each Middle & High School art teacher submits 8 pieces of work to the competition. This show is always colorful, intriguing and imaginative. Over 100 paintings will be on display  March 3rd through the 22nd


Celebrating the Montford Point Marines & the 100 Year Anniversary of Georgetown High School

The Council pays tribute to Georgetown High School’s 100th anniversary. Its beginnings grew out of hope and purpose for black youth when Evening View Baptist Church deacon Henry Phillips purchased two acres of land in 1905 to build the school. With no support from the state, the next seven years were spent building the school through the Trent River Oakey Grove Association and private contributions from families. The association opened the Oakey Grove Collegiate and Industrial Training School in 1908 with William Washington Parker serving as principal. The school originally had three buildings with an auditorium, recitation rooms and accommodations for approximately 20 male students in the central building. This building later became the high school with four large classrooms and an elementary school was built on the campus along with a girls dormitory, classrooms, a kitchen and utility rooms.

In June 2012 the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Montford Point Marines in Washington DC. This metal is the highest civilian honor awarded as the utmost expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The Councils honors their achievements. 

In 1942, President Roosevelt established a presidential directive giving African Americans an opportunity to be recruited into the Marine Corps. These young men  from all states, were not sent to the traditional boot camps of Parris Island, South Carolina and San Diego, California. Instead, African American Marines were segregated - experiencing basic training at Montford Point - a facility at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Approximately twenty thousand (20,000) African American Marines received basic training at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949.

Opening reception will be Sunday, February 3 at 2:30pm – 4:00pm.  The Council for the Arts is located at 826 Bridge Street in Jacksonville across from City Hall. Regular hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, please call 910/455-9840.


Seasons Greetings from the Council For the Arts.

Santa says. "Support the Arts!"

Did you know that the Council for the Arts has a Sales Gallery with tons of unique "one-of-a-kind" gifts to choose from?

Drop by the Gallery and admire the Holiday decorations exhibit...Christmas at the Council... November 7 -December 22, 2012

The Sales Gallery has plenty of GREAT Holiday presents available for purchase.

Everything from books, pottery...

to original paintings and artwork!

ART... the unique gift that keeps giving... You get the satisfaction of giving a gift that is not only great for the recipient... it gives to the artist that created it and the Council who made it available. How often can one gift give so much?

Remember... Santa says, "Support the Arts!". You may even want to make a donation to the Council for the Arts in the name of that someone special.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Council!

Stop by our location at:

Council for the Arts
826 New Bridge Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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Gallery Show in the News.

The Jacksonville Daily News published an article on our current Gallery Show.

Flowers, Faces & Places

Stephen Greer of Jacksonville will be the featured artist at the Council for the Arts during the month of September.  The show will consist of acrylic paintings depicting his theme of flowers, faces and places, and will hang in the Bradford Baysden Gallery September 2nd through 28th.

Stephen stated: “I express myself through my art; much of which depicts the North Carolina coast where I live. I enjoy doing candid sketches of people in public places and I use these quick sketches as visual references for creating abstract and realistic work. Patterns, colors, rhythms and their astounding abundance in the world fascinate me. Carrying a sketch book enables me to take advantage of these fleeting elements. Life and art engage me fully in the evolution of learning and growing.”

He has been well known and admired in our area for several years and his work is in many collections.  However, his most popular exhibition to date has been "Still," which features American Indians in their full regalia.  This exhibition has been seen in many towns and cities and received acclaim in each place.

The opening reception for “Flowers, Faces & Places” will be held Sunday, September 2nd from 2:30 to 4:00pm. This will be your opportunity to meet and speak with this very talented artist.


Purely Pastels

Purely Pastels
Rebirth by Jean Wenner
One of the most interesting aspects in pastel painting is seeing the various methods and techniques from different artists. The participating artists here will demonstrate with their works what makes each of them unique.

Our featured artists are: Linda Anderson, Connie Burke, Susan Cheatham, Norma Haden, Barbara LaValley, Eleanor McArver, BF Reed, Cindy Ridlon, Rose Valente, Ann Ward, and Jean Wenner.

At one time, Jean Wenner was one of the very few pastelists locally. Several of the local artists “discovered” pastels through Jean's classes, which were always well attended. One or more of the artists above mentioned in this show attended one or more of her workshops.

Pastel is colored chalk, made up of powdered pigment plus a binder. The colors used in pastel are the very same pigments used in other paints. A pigment mixed with gum tragacanth makes a pastel, mixed with gum Arabic, makes watercolor and mixed with linseed oil and becomes oil paint.

Pastel comes in three different forms: hard chalks, soft chalks and pastel pencils. There are many surfaces to work on. The most popular are Canson Mi-Tientes; Mi'Tientes which means "many tints" and is a fibrous paper that comes in over 30 colors, of which, comes Sanded Pastel Paper that is available in smooth or rough surfaces, then Granular Pastel Boards, and Velour Papers.

One of the pastelist's biggest problems is dealing with the dust, but on the plus side are the rich, vibrant colors that are sometimes hard to attain with other mediums. Pastel painting has become very popular in the last few years, at least, that has been true here in our area.

The opening reception is Sunday, August 5 at 2:30 -4:00pm.

Summer Art Camp

The Council for the Arts will have a Summer Art Camp July 23-27, 2012 at the Council for the Arts Building, 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville.
Children ages 5 – 16

In this camp the children will paint, create and have an artful time!

Enrollment has begun!  $80.00 for the week, supplies are included.

Please call (910) 455-9840 to reserve a spot for your child


Penny Craven Collection of Artwork

For Members Only
Join Our First Members Only
Sneak Peek Preview Reception

Exhibition of Penny Craven Collection of Artwork

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 4:00-5:30 Only

“Pluperfect Palette”

The CFTA Sale Event promises to be an exciting time! All pieces displayed are original works and priced to go. The artist is clearing out to make room for her new creations, making all items priced to find new homes. Get a “Members Only” opportunity before the public reception on Sunday from 2:30-4:00 pm. After the public reception, the remaining items will remain on display at the Council until July 27, 2012. Pieces sold during the special preview must remain on display until July 27th, so others may enjoy viewing Penny’s artistry.
Members are invited to this one time sneak preview, while enjoying wine and cheese.


51st Annual Onslow Art Society's Spring Show

Come see a collection of the county's artists in this year's Art Society Spring Show. Now until the 27th