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.


Hampton Gallery

Artists from ART105  —  This exhibit, entitled Streets of Kinston, features work from artists who rent a studio space and sell their work at ART105. This open concept venue allows the public to view artists as their work is being created and provides an opportunity for visitors to meet artists and purchase artwork onsite. ART105 is located at 105 W. Blount Street in Kinston. For more information, call 252-361-2502 or view their Facebook page 

The Kenneth & Kristi Blizzard Gallery

Local Photographers — This exhibit features photographs depicting the life of Kinston, a two-time All-America City Award recipient. Kinston, formerly known as Kingston, was created in December 1762, and made the county seat of Lenoir County in 1791. The Neuse River serves as the western border of town with Queen Street serving as the main thoroughfare in downtown. From the days of cotton, tobacco and lumber industries to today’s art galleries, fine eateries and minor league baseball — Kinston is dedicated to preserving valued contributions and historic places while introducing new cultural and tourist-driven economic developments for future generations.

Minges Gallery

Retrospective Work of Charles Buchanan — Charles was a native of Kinston who enjoyed flying his airplane, spending time on his porch, and photographing the life of Kinston. Upon his death in 2012, he was the chief photographer at the KINSTON FREE PRESS, where he worked for 35 years. During his photojournalism career he won numerous awards from the NC Press Association. In an article written to honor Charles upon his death, sportswriter David Hall remarked, “The people of Kinston have no idea how lucky they’ve been to have a photographer like Charles chronicling the city’s history. And that’s what he truly was for 35 years: Kinston’s visual historian.”

Rayner Gallery

D. Choci Gray — Choci is a smART Kinston artist, who makes her home and has a studio in Kinston’s historic district. Her artwork in both performance and visual arts captures historic and current scenes in the community and surrounding area.

Choci states, “Art is a worldly thing, more of a melting pot. My motto is ‘Thou art in Heaven.’ When you study history, you see colorful art on a worldwide basis and interact with others you may never have tried to interact with. I’ve been able to see the paintings of Michelangelo and seen so many other beautiful things. When you’re forced to use more than five senses, it will pull something out you didn’t think you had.” (Quoted in 2014 KINSTON FREE PRESS article by Staff writer Junious Smith, III)

D. Choci Gray

Children's Gallery

Simone Johnson — On display are several selected works created by
Simone, an East Carolina University BFA/Textiles Candidate, who worked with as an intern at the Arts Council this past summer assisting with program development and summer camps. Simone has a “passion for teaching and an urge to educate young learners. A native of Brazil, Simone currently resides in New Bern, North Carolina, with her husband, three children and one grandchild.