smART Gallery presents Joe Wooten Friday July 9, 6:30 a.m.


On July 9, smART Gallery will present its first “Artist Talk” program since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classical pianist and guitarist Joe Wooten will give a short talk on his craft and will perform from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain a distance in all indoor public places and outdoor places when they cannot maintain a distance of six feet.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on May 13 that fully vaccinated people can do most activities safely without wearing a mask or needing to socially distance themselves from others. The state has removed its indoor mask mandate for most settings.

“COVID was the reason for the temporary shutdown of ‘Artist Talk’. We believe the time has come to renew our plans to help revive the community, ”said Raney Rogers, executive director of smART Kinston.

SmART Gallery is part of the Smart Kinston City Project Foundation. A non-profit artist initiative program began in 2013, aimed at bringing talented artisans from around the world to live and work in the arts and culture district of Kinston’s Mitchelltown neighborhood.

Created in 2019, the gallery welcomes donations.

‘Artist Talk’ will take place once a month, providing artistic experiences to the community.

As for the distinctive spelling of the gallery name, “I started calling artists ‘smARTists’, and it started from there,” said Raney Rogers, executive director of smART Kinston.

The smART Gallery is located at 210 N. Queen St., Kinston.

The gallery also showcases the talent of smART Kinston artists Thursday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We want to expose the region to art and create more opportunities for artist development in our community,” Rogers said.

Every last Saturday of the month, Open Studio, a sponsored event offering art and goodies to the community, is announced by blue signs in the courtyards of participating artists.

“We invite anyone to apply for the Smart program to become a smart artist,” Rogers said.

Studio tours are available and can be arranged by contacting the smART gallery.


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