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February Issue 2011

Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, Offers Works by Bill Lease and Area Potters

The Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, is presenting, A Shared Promise and Responsibility, an exhibit of photographs by Bill Lease and bowls by Eastern North Carolina potters, on view through Feb. 26, 2011, at the Bank of the Arts.

Bill Lease is a third-generation artist working in digital photography. "Through my photography, I strive to examine the seemingly ordinary. My desire is to offer a perspective that creates a focus for quiet reflection or the nucleus for exploration and discovery. Photographic images are: an opportunity to capture a moment in time; a vignette by which we may examine the world in which we are privileged to live; an invitation to take a very personal and singular journey to places in our imagination; an invitation to experience, not merely view; at once, the image and the concept ­ a story."

And tell a story, he does! As a prelude to our Empty Bowls fundraiser on Feb. 10, 2011, Lease was asked to help call attention to hunger and poverty in Craven County by photographing the people who avail themselves of Religious Community Services's soup kitchen and shelter. What he found was both moving and uplifting.

In addition to Lease's photography, the exhibit will feature "big bowls" by local potters Joanne Ashton, Becky Badger, Joyce Basye, Jim Bisbee, Milton Bland, Carolyn Curran, Rich Daniels, Scott Haines, Misty Lupton, Carol McCracken, Linda Murdock, Elizabeth Priddy, Carolyn Sleeper, Bonnie Tinsley, Debbie Wait, Ben Watford, Michaelé Rose Watson, Debbie Wheeler, Brent Wheelright and Candace Young. Participating potters will also donate smaller bowls for the Empty Bowls event.

Empty Bowls is a joint outreach of Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council. It is a project designed to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Local restaurants and churches will make, serve and donate soup and bread to serve at the event; and individuals and local artists will donate pottery bowls. Attendees get to have some soup and bread and choose a one-of-a-kind pottery bowl to take home.

This year's Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, on Thur., Feb. 10, from 11am until 2pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Bank of the Arts and Fuller's Music in New Bern.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Council at 252/638-2577 or visit (www.cravenarts.org).


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