Community Council for the Arts
  Promoting the Arts:  In Our Galleries
For more information about the exhibits in our galleries at the
Arts Center, contact us at 252-527-2517.

Admission is free and open to the public.
The Community Council for the Arts, galleries will be open throughout the Arts & Cultural District for FIRST FRIDAY, including:

· Joyful Artist Studio & Creative Lab, 402 Mitchell Street
· The Atlantic Art House, 410 Atlantic Avenue
· Yellow House Writing Room, 216 W. Peyton Avenue
· Art 105, 105 W. Blount Street

Details About
First Friday
October 6, 2017

Hampton Gallery and
The Kenneth & Kristi Blizzard Gallery

WHITE GOLD, by Thomas Sayre —

White Gold refers to cotton and a reverence for the land, the labor, and the people (forced or unforced) who made cotton their livelihood. White Gold is a fierce expression of the southern landscape:  the searing beauty and the haunting pain of history, memory – and ultimately belonging."
— Gab Smith, Executive Director – Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC 

White Gold features new two and three-dimensional work by acclaimed North Carolina based artist Thomas Sayre.  The work will be exhibited at the Arts Center, Kinston from June 28 through November 5, 2017.

The exhibition and programming will include free admission; an opening reception with the artist; an artist talk; a catalogue; exhibition-themed make and take activities during regular gallery operating hours; a printed gallery guide; and tours — including sensory friendly tactile touch tours, school programming, and specially designed docent-lead tours with accompanying amenities (by reservation).

The Community Council for the Arts has the honor of being the first to host this exhibition since its creation and commission by CAM, ( Contemporary Art Museum), in Raleigh, North Carolina.  We are particularly honored to have the work of Thomas Sayre with us in our gallery spaces and to have the opportunity to work with the Contemporary Art Museum as a partner.

As with Thomas’s recent Kinston project, Flue , installed at Tobacco Square (Blount and Mitchell St corner), his inspiration for White Gold  comes from the land, particularly that of eastern North Carolina.   Flue consists of seven (7) flue-cured tobacco barn facades that are earthcasts.  This installation is easily viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the heart of the arts and cultural neighborhoods of downtown Kinston.  Flue , like White Gold, represents the heritage, the challenges and opportunities, the human hardships, and the economic realities of our agriculture — past and present.

Like Flue , celebrating the heritage of tobacco farming in eastern North Carolina, White Gold  is a significant exhibition for us and we are honored to be the first venue to exhibit in North Carolina.  We understand that this exhibit will tour, however it is very large in its dimension – the largest piece being a 40 linear feet panorama of the expanse of a field (known as Row - pictured in the images LEFT) and will require a significant space to display.  Additionally, there are earthcast flooring sculptures that evoke narrow dirt paths between planted rows; Sayre’s interpretation of “the redundancy of the syncopated mounds echoes the grueling repetition slaves were forced to endure handpicking the mature fiber from its ski encasements. Our facility is one of a few in eastern North Carolina that can accommodate White Gold. 
Watch our website, as this truly amazing installation with its numerous associated programming becomes reality.  In addition, we invite you to help us with underwriting the expenses of this exhibit, as there is no revenue stream created through free admission and no grant funding. 

Please call Sandy Landis at 252-527-2517, or email for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and becoming a partner in this exhibit.

Minges Gallery

 Sara Smith — 

smARTkinston artist Sara Smith  displays her watercolor and oil paintings inspired by the culinary arts. Sara is multi-talented and is not only an accomplished artist, but also a fabulous cook. When not creating art, Sara is employed as Marketing Director for Chef & The Farmer Restaurant.

(Left: Okra & Corn, Oil painting)

Barrus Gallery

 Plein Air Paintings — 

On display and for sale paintings created during Plein Air Paint Out 2017 during the BBQ Festival on the Neuse.

For the list of Plein Air Paint Out winners for 2017, follow this link:

List of Winners

Rayner Gallery and
Children's Gallery

Artwork from Summer Camps  —
On display the work of our community of young artists who participate in our camps this summer.