Art from the Heart on the Crystal Coast


Art from the Heart on the Crystal Coast

The Crystal Coast is known for its beautiful beaches, but did you know it has a thriving art scene, too? It's evidenced in its quaint art galleries, popular shows and sales, and wide range of events for art lovers throughout the year. This time of year, you'll love the art events found locally here in February. Grab your sweetheart, your friends, your family or all of the above and plan for an art-filled afternoon or evening out on the town.

Art from the Heart Exhibit & Sale Art from the Heart on the Crystal Coast

The 26th Annual Art from the Heart exhibition and sale is set for Friday, February 19 at the Morehead Plaza. The original artwork for this show is created by artists from all over Eastern North Carolina. Art enthusiasts can peruse the two and 3-D artwork in all media including oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoals, watercolors, collage, mixed media, woodturning, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, sculpture and photography on display and for sale in this show.

According to Arts Council of Carteret County board member and Art from the Heart 2016 chairman Lee Lumpkin, last year’s Art from the Heart event was a huge success and widely popular event:

"Two hundred and five artists submitted work in 2015, 40 of whom had never entered our show before,” said Mr. Lumpkin. "Last year, the show featured 370 pieces of artwork, many of which were sold during the exhibition. Over the last decade, Art from the Heart has become one of the largest and most popular art shows in Eastern North Carolina. Sales of artwork have increased each year as have the number of visitors to the gallery. An estimated 21,000 people visited the gallery in 2015.”

The gallery is open for two weeks, beginning with a reception and awards presentations at 5:30p.m. February 19 and closing at 5p.m. Saturday, March 5. Admission to the gallery is free. The opening reception on Friday is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. During the reception, the public is invited to drop by, meet the artists and get an early viewing of the show. Art work can be viewed from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10a.m. to 5p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5p.m. Sunday.

Art from the Heart is a non-juried presentation of the creative talents of artists at all levels of expertise. The judge for Art from the Heart this year is Raleigh artist, teacher and gallery owner Nicole White Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy studied at Parson's School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City pursuing an ad art director career in print and TV.

A student art show follows the Art from the Heart exhibit and sale and in the same location. Artwork on display is created by young artists from public, private schools and homeschooled students in Carteret County. Last year, over 1,200 paintings, drawings and 3-D works were on display. The Art from the Heart student art show opens on Friday, March 11 and runs through Sunday, March 20. A free reception and awards presentation at the gallery is held from 5:30-7:30p.m. on Thursday, March 17. The student art show is free and open to the public from 4-6 p.m. on Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Empty Bowls Luncheon & Fundraiser

Empty Bowls Another February favorite event combines gorgeous handmade pottery, local restaurantsand the best part—a good cause. The Empty Bowls luncheon fundraiser is an international project to fight hunger throughout the country, but locally focused to help the community's needs. This year's Crystal Coast Empty Bowls event benefits Hope Mission and Martha's Cupboard, both of Morehead City.

So what's it all about? The empty pottery bowls donated by local artisans are handmade for hope. Your $20 donation allows you to pick a favorite bowl, fill it with two delicious soups courtesy of some of our favorite local restaurants, and enjoy the accompanying bread, drink and dessert that complete your meal. Pull up a chair and join the community for a wonderful cause complemented by a simple yet satisfying meal. The Empty Bowls luncheon fundraiser takes place on Wednesday, February 17 from 11am. to 1p.m. at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are available locally through the Hope Mission, Webb Library, Cape Carteret Aquatic & Fitness Center, and Handscapes Gallery in Beaufort. Tickets sell out quickly!

On a personal note, I can tell you that I've attended the Empty Bowls luncheon in the past and it still has a place in my heart today as a really wonderful event. The handmade bowl I chose sits in my kitchen at this very moment and is a beautiful reminder of the event, the cause and of course the delicious soup. I highly recommend you go and experience it for yourself.

Enjoy the art from the heart you'll find on the Crystal Coast during these events and every day in our waterfront galleries, art shops and local exhibits. We sure do!


Are you planning to attend the Art from the Heart Show and Sale or the Empty Bowls luncheon this month on the Crystal Coast?