Keepin' it Creative on the Crystal Coast

Though looking back at some of my old drawings can often make me cringe as I consider how much my stick figure of my mom looks like a monster, I really do love art. Art can help to express feelings and emotions, it can help us remember places we have been, it can help us capture a cherished moment, or it can simply be whimsical and fun. Art can touch so many people and you’ll find no shortage of wonderful art on the Crystal Coast. In fact, we have great Art events this month in addition to some great galleries for the whole family to check out!

25th Annual Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart is a wonderful annual event that brings together artists from all over the Crystal Coast. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC), this two week show will display the art work from artists from all walks of life. Elementary school children proudly display their art with artists through middle, high school, college, and beyond. This is a free event open to the whole family. Mingle with the artists themselves during the reception honoring those artists who have won awards on February 20th. This is a great way to become acquainted with wonderful, original art made by Crystal Coast locals of all ages. For more information, check out the Arts Council website

Empty Bowls

As a participant myself in this wonderful event, I can assure you that it is an event that you don’t want to miss! The Empty Bowls project which takes place annually, is not only a great way to appreciate the creative skills of local potters, but also a great way to give back to the community. 

In this event, schools, local galleries, and individual artists donate their handmade bowls in order to raise awareness for hunger in our community. Here’s how it works: patrons will purchase a $20 ticket which will then allow them to choose any one of the hundreds of bowls that have been donated as well as receive two bowls of soup, a cookie, and bread donated by local restaurants. The money raised from the tickets will go to the Hope Mission food pantry and kitchen. Beautiful pottery, delicious soup, live music, and a silent auction are all wrapped into this amazing event which all goes to a great cause! This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. Check out their website for more information, today!

And make sure you check out these galleries:

If these events haven’t satiated your thirst for great Crystal Coast art, then be sure to stop by any of these great local galleries for more wonderful artwork by local artists.

Blu Sail Gallery: 

Located at 903 Arendell Street in Morehead City, this gallery is full of beautiful artwork, pottery, and jewelry of all kinds. This gallery not only displays beautiful art, but also provides some great classes, seminars, and even hosts events such as bridal showers, weddings, and birthdays. Owned by husband and wife artists Frank and Lynn Golitz (who are amazing artists and potters themselves), this gallery is a wonderful place to get to know some Crystal Coast art. Check out their website for more information on the gallery, the artists, and upcoming events!

Craving Art Studio:

Owned by the wonderfully talented Heather Sink, Craving Art Studio is located in downtown Beaufort and houses some of the finest artwork on the Crystal Coast. As a past student of Mrs. Sink myself, I can personally testify talent, patience, and passion for art and her incredible teaching abilities! Providing classes and workshops, Craving Art Studio has lots of fun classes for artists of all ages and all levels. Ongoing classes are also available for your kiddos to enjoy while vacationing on the Crystal Coast! This is a gallery you don’t want to miss! Check out more about upcoming events, the lovely Heather Sink, and more on the website.

Arts and Things:

This great gallery located at 704 Evans Street in Morehead City is another great place to get your art fix! This gallery holds incredible local art, but also doubles as a great art supply store. Stock up on canvass, paper, paints, pencils, and more! Providing supplies, classes, custom framing, and more, this is certainly a gallery that you must visit. As they say it best they are really "all about art" and strive to make sure that patrons find all of their "Arts and Things" in one great location. For more info, make sure to swing by their website.


There are so many wonderful artists living here on the Crystal Coast. With all the magic in the air as you enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean, the boats on the pier, the fish in the water, and more, how could you not be inspired to channel your creative side? We’re just always keepin’ it creative here on the Crystal Coast!


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