Category Archives: ART

Art gains steam during April in downtown New Bern

This piece titled ‘Mali Mother and Child’ by artist Molly Knazek received the People’s Choice Award in 2016. NEW BERN — Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to present the work of the Twin Rivers Artist Association and the visual arts students at Craven Community College! Scheduled to run from April 5 thru April 29 at Bank of the Arts on Middle Street, the Main Gallery exhibition will receive a thorough gander from ‘juror’ Sue Byrne Russell, a professional artist, teacher, and touring artist in residence. Russell received her BFA from the University of Georgia and MA from…

Congolese art to fund church’s expansion

BAYBORO – Daily Bread of Life Ministries, a fixture in this community for almost three decades, recently laid the foundation for a new sanctuary. However, Pastors William and Gladys Wright readily admit that funding for the ambitious project falls far short of what will ultimately be needed. Enter benefactor Caroline Keel, a resident of Oriental, who recently donated more than two dozen original paintings to the cause. The framed paintings were acquired by Keel’s uncle, Dr. Constantine Saliba, and shipped to United States during the 1970s. Saliba, now deceased, and his wife Noha, we…

Local photographer brings home the gold . . . and platinum!

Mona Kay Sadler Special to the County Compass ALLIANCE — Mona Kay Sadler, a local Certified Public Accountant and owner of Coastal Pet Portraits, won Platinum and Gold Medals during the recent Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition. At Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia, a panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 entries.  Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) wer…

Legend of Bond Creek Mermaid

  Does Mermaid qualify as recycled Nautical Art? By Aven Rosch | Special to the County Compass AURORA — I was looking for a new project. Something I had never done before, only dreamed about. I was reading the Compass and admiring the quality of the paper, the ads, and great local reporting when a light bulb went on inside my head. I could make my dream of a life- sized mermaid from the Compass. The covering of (skin) — soon to be Bond Creek Mermaid — would be made from the Compass’ high quality paper turned into a solid new form of paper mache. Researching on the net, I discove…

Performance to honor Rachel Carson

  Mary Carol Simpson 8; Nora Simpson 6; Wendy Osserman (over 66); and, Caroline James, 11, rehearse in Osserman’s studio for the Sept. 9 performance. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer PAMLICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE – The Shore at Night is a local production, set for Sunday at 3 p.m., to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring, a 1962 book by Rachel Carson, which is generally acknowledged to have launched the environmental movement in this country. Tickets can be purchased at the door of the Delamar Center. General admission is $10; children under 12, $5; and all first row seats, $20…

“My best gift ever – a floor model drill press!”

  By Tye Roy | Special to the County Compass Sometimes life diverts us from our goals, but if we don’t ever set them, we risk reaching the finish line in life without having met any of them. Reading Editor Jeff Aydelette’s tale of fulfilling his Cadillac dream prompted me to review my own Bucket List. To me, a Bucket List isn’t a simple list of things you want to achieve in life, like completing one’s education or career goals. I once gave a talk to a room full of folks and pointed out that “If we are lucky, what’s going to happen to us is that we are going to get old, get sick and then die.…
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