Art Events - BBQ Festival on the Neuse 2014


A Cocktail Party & Art Sale
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
The Community Arts Council invites the public to the kick-off event for the BBQ Festival on the Neuse. This cocktail and art sale social showcases artwork by local artists and will be held at the Red Room, 220 N. Herritage Street, Kinston, NC. Tickets are $35 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment by jazz pianist Leonard Palmer. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are available in advance and at the door.

Artists are encouraged to participate in this annual outdoor art event:

Saturday, May 3, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Come join in this child-friendly festival of art, games, music and entertainment. Children, youth and families are invited to stroll through the variety of fun activities and stop and paint. Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to paint on predesigned canvases depicting the festival and downtown area. Completed works will be on display for several weeks after the festival in downtown Kinston. Festivities will take place on Herritage Street between Blount and North Streets.

Friday, May 2, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, & Saturday, May 3, 2014,
10:00 am to 4:00 pm — The public may enjoy this indoor/ outdoor Arts & Craft Market at the Ellis Buggy Building, at the corner of Herritage Street and Blount Street. This event offers a diverse array of art for sale including pottery, sculptures, paintings and textiles. Art work from the PAPO will also be placed on display and will be sold.


Arts & Crafts Call for Vendors

ArtsFest is part of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse which is held the first weekend in May every year. We are currently recruiting vendors for the 2014 BBQ Festival on the Neuse. Click here to download the application form.

Plein Air Paint-Out

Come enjoy the beauty of Spring during this juried plein air painting competition held during the BBQ Festival on the Neuse. The BBQ Festival event is held the first weekend in May , the Plein Air Paint-Out dates are April 30, May 1 and 2. Up to 3 pieces of work created during the Paint-Out may be entered for the juried competition. There is no limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited and offered for sale. Call for more information.

Summer Camp 2014

Around the World at The Arts Center

May 27 - August 14

Arts, Crafts, Pottery, Science, Music, Theater... So many ways to be creative this summer at The Arts Center. Find out more and get involved...


Update from the Music Trail

The African American Heritage Music project for Lenoir Co. started approximately 8 years ago with the interview and authentic documentation of African American musicians from Lenoir Co. We never dreamed that years later this initial project would spawn numerous gigs for practicing musicians, a variety of educational programs for our K-12 students, an after school jazz mentorship program – one of its kind in North Carolina, the presentation of a myriad of international and national professional touring artists, an international touring visual arts showcase and economic development in the form of increasing patronage in area restaurants and social clubs, enhancement and entranceway projects, and public art projects.

The most tangible to date is the artist designed and fabricated canopy that shelters the bandstand at Pearson Park. This project was completed in May, 2012 by the artistic team of Hanna and Jodi Hollagnel- Jubran. Now there is more visible evidence of the extended project development with the construction work on the music park located at Spring Hill and South Queen Streets. This park is the culmination of a series of public meetings spanning three (3) years. Working with the North Carolina Arts Council, the Community Council for the Arts contracted a landscape architect and an artistic team (selected through an RFQ and RFP process with final choices made by a local committee comprised of musicians, music educators, tourism developers, and community stakeholders).

The work that is occurring now is the infrastructure work for the park – walkways, sound mounds, concrete paths, concrete benches, footings for the landmark sculpture and landscaping. This is the first phase of the project and is funded through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and held by the Community Council for the Arts. Concurrently there is ongoing work in Raleigh of the fabrication of the landmark sculpture designed by artistic team David Yow and Brandon Wilson. The sculpture, paid for by a partnership grant between NC Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Arts Council will most likely be completed and ready for installation by late summer. Stay tuned for more information about the park and the local music project and trail.

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