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February-March 2012

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An Artistic Adventure


ith this first 2012 issue of Crystal, we’re excited to launch a section focusing on the vibrant art scene in Eastern North Carolina. You’ll find it beginning on page 26. Coastal regions around the country seem to gather an eclectic group of artisans, and we’re certainly no exception to the rule. We’ve found an active community, from performing arts to jewelry making, pottery to painting.

Anyone looking for a little culture will easily find it in nestled along North Carolina’s quiet waterways. New Bern has become a virtual hub for theater arts, with several companies offering performances throughout the year and a murder/mystery theater providing dinner shows at various locations. A little out of the way, but definitely worth the drive, the historic Old Theatre in Oriental plays host to plays, musical performances, workshops and films throughout the year. Those looking for a little music will inevitably find their beat at the Morehead Center for Performing Arts in Morehead City. The site of the former Jamboree has been updated and now brings musical artists from around the country, as well as special holiday performances and family events. Dancing to the beat of a more alternative drum, the Down East Folk Arts Society brings blues, folk and Americana artists to New Bern and Beaufort for bi-monthly concerts. Performance arts are just the beginning of what you’ll find along the Crystal Coast and surrounding area. The active galleries that span from Swansboro to New Bern to Oriental feature an array of classes, programs, receptions and open houses. Each Friday, weather permitting, you’ll find the active Artists on Arendell program welcoming guests in downtown Morehead City. Every other month, the crowd in historic downtown New Bern stay open late for a Friday evening for ArtWalk, hosting artists and musicians and serving refreshments to guests. Whether you’re looking for the last big hit on Broadway or the perfect painting to hang over the living room couch, finding art and artists is never a challenge in our neck of the woods. The bigger problem is deciding exactly what you’d like to do first! Amanda Dagnino, Crystal Editor

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Morehead City resident Andei Keough jumps out from behind the camera. The young artist is featured in this issue’s art section beginning on page 26. (Joseph Wootton photo)

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beginnings How the Girl on the Go … Goes The initial response is that maybe this is meant to be a gag – a creatively mastered satire to bring laughs from the fans of The Onion or Saturday Night Live. But after viewing the website and reading the testimonials, it’s hard not to remember that last road trip you took and the endless hunt for a clean restroom. Or how about that poison ivy you got last summer while camping? Well, those days are gone thanks to GoGirl, a prosthesis that allows women to relieve themselves while standing up. That’s right, we said it. Men have been doing it since the beginning of time and we’re sure women have been coveting the talent just as long. Widely used in Europe, the reusable funnel-like device is modeled out of medical-grade silicone and runs about $9.99 each. It comes in a small canister. “Women have been faced with the challenge of unfit or nonexistent restrooms for quite some time,” said Sarah Dillon, president and founder of GoGirl. “GoGirl is the perfect solution to any bathroom emergency a woman can face. For

campers, there are no more soiled clothing or shoes, for travelers, there’s no more worrying about what kind of bathroom you’ll fine or if you find one at all. Even if you just want to avoid germs in places like gas stations and shopping malls, there’s a use for GoGirl in almost any situation. Silly? Perhaps. Applicable to the active female life? Absolutely. Now it’s only a matter of time before you’re spelling your name out in the sand. Just make sure there is plenty of room left in your purse for tissues. Visit for more information.

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Regift, a term said to be coined, according to, by Jerry Seinfeld during “The Label Maker,” the 98th episode of his self-titled sitcom. Even more popular today, regifting is the perfect excuse for the budget and eco-conscious consumer to save money while also reducing waste. Regifting should not be looked down upon since we’re sure your friends or family members really will appreciate the Salad Shooter as much as Seinfeld enjoyed his label maker. It can be a useful trend that more should incorporate into giving, especially after the holiday season. Isn’t it better to pass along a gift than to stand in an hour-long return line hoping for an exchange at a super discount store? In a recent survey conducted by Money Management International (MMI) more adults find regifting acceptable. However, according to etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute, the practice is only acceptable when these simple guidelines are followed: Is the gift regiftable? Never regift handmade or oneof-a-kind items. Do you have to be told not to regift free promotional items? If so, don’t. How is the condition? Only new, unopened gifts in good condition should be considered for regifting. Never give partially used gift cards. Don’t use items that you have owned for a long time. 

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Is this going to work? Successful regifters should use common sense. If you are going to regift, be sure you know who gave you the item, so you don’t return something to the original giver. Do you have good intentions? Be sure the recipient will appreciate the item. How does it look? When it comes to gift-giving, go for show! While gift bags in good condition can be reused, wrapping paper is a one time thing. Have you considered your options? An unwanted gift can also be a welcome donation to a charitable organization. Additional MMI survey findings include: • Statistics show that 68 percent of women regift or are thinking about it compared to only 47 percent of men. • Less than 10 percent of respondents claimed they would be unhappy to receive a regift and 18 percent claimed they would be happy or even amused to be on the receiving end of a gift that has been opened before.

In 2010, the median weekly earnings of full-time working women was $669, compared to $824 for men.

Women Still Earn Less than Men Despite being awarded many college degrees, holding highlevel positions and being influential decision-makers, women still earn less than men in the workforce. New female graduates still earn 17 percent less than their male peers across the board. Furthermore, only 14 percent of women hold executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies, according to US census findings. Many women are asking the question, “Why?” Nearly 50 years after it became illegal in America to pay women less based on their sex, the average woman still makes less than her male counterparts. White women earn $.77 on every dollar compared to a man. African-American women earn 68 percent of what their male peers make, while Latinas earn roughly 58 percent. Ask some people and they will say that the numbers are deflated unfairly. There are hypotheses that women flock to lower-paying jobs more so than men despite similar educational backgrounds. For example, a female college grad may become a teacher while a male becomes a lawyer. Teachers typically earn significantly less than lawyers. However, others argue that the salary gap is there regardless of the occupation. For example, Census Bureau numbers indicate that female truck drivers earn 76.5 percent of the weekly pay of their male counterparts for the same job, while male secretaries earned about 15 percent more than female secretaries. In some government and municipal occupations where salary is graded according to certain levels, men and women can make the same salary regardless of gender. In addition to the salary gap issue, studies have shown there are some double standards between male and female workers that also tend to prevail. • Networking may help men and harm women. Perhaps because of the fear of rejection, many women tend to be conservative when sending friend requests from business social networking sites. Women also tend to socialize with

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No one wants to think about contracting a disease or facing a life-threatening illness like cancer. But knowing about risk factors and getting educated about signs and symptoms can make a difference in early detection and treatment. With most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis, the best chance for survival. Cervical cancer affects thousands of women in North America. It begins in the cells of the cervix, essentially the gateway between the vagina and the uterus in the female reproductive system. Here are some facts about cervical cancer. • Every 47 minutes, another woman in the US is diag-

lower-paid professionals, simply because they are often part of that clique. Men seem to network more freely and out of their pay grade. • Being a parent can hinder women but be an asset to men. According to research from Stanford University, female job applicants on contrived applications for jobs who showed no signs they were parents on a resume (i.e., mentioning participation in the PTA, etc.) were twice as likely to be called in for an interview as women who offered hints that they had kids. However, men who mentioned child-related activities were just as likely to get a call back than those who didn't. • Asking for a raise is seen as assertive in men and pushy in women. During a study by Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Kennedy School, actors portraying employees asking for a raise were videotaped saying the same lines and asking for the same raises. Both male and female viewers (including bosses) felt the women came off as unlikable and aggressive compared to the men. Some surmise that asking for a raise and asserting oneself is out of character for a woman and can be off-putting. No one can pinpoint if the salary disparity will ever come to an end – even with legislative intervention. Female workers may still have to fight to realize the same benefits as men in the workplace.

nosed with cervical cancer. • Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus), a common virus that is spread through sexual intercourse. • There are rarely any symptoms of cervical cancer early on that can be detected by the average woman. That makes routine examination and testing by a doctor important. • Cervical cancer is detected through a PAP test, where cells from the cervix are collected in the doctor's office and then examined in a lab. • Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer are under the age of 50. • All women who have been sexually active are at risk for cervical cancer.

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ave the winter doldrums set in, Gentle Readers? If so here are few book selections to get your heart pumping and one to warm it. With a North Carolina charm that is all her own, Margaret Maron gives us another installment in her Deborah Knott mystery series. This time she teams Judge Deborah Knott with another of her characters, Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. “Three Day Town” (hardback, $25) begins when Judge Knott and her husband Dwight are finally, after a year of marriage, taking their honeymoon. Train bound to New York City all Deborah has to do is deliver a small package to the daughter of a friend and the week is theirs to enjoy. The daughter is out of town and arrangements are made for her granddaughter, Sigrid, to pick up the box. When the package goes missing and they discover the dead body of the building superintendent in the apartment, Deborah and Dwight soon find that they and Sigrid have to catch the killer before he strikes again. An array of plot twists keeps us on our toes and the addition of Sigrid Harald adds another dimension to the intrigue and leaves us eager to see if she may pay a visit to Colleton County in the future. You will hear echoes of Harper Lee as you read the compelling novel “The Bottoms” by Joe R. Lansdale (paperback $14.95). It was 1933 in East Texas and the air was thick with the Depression and Jim Crow. When charged to perform a difficult task, Harry Collins and his little sister “Tom” head into the woods leading to the bottoms of the Sabine River. It there they discover the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated. Their small town becomes kinetic with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, a sweet, innocent black man is lynched. Harry, an honorable boy caught in a dark story of racism, death and folklore, is determined to find the real killer. The events gradually close in on him and his family creating an almost unbearable suspense. The author will captivate you with the voice of twelve year old Harry while delivering a non-message in dealing with racism. All the indignities and intricacies are out there with no apology; for we are hearing a story as it was, not as we would like it to be. The historical novel “The Long Song” by Andrea Levy, (paperback $15) is a serious and at times harrowing tale. Kitty, a field slave, and her daughter Miss July, a house servant on the Amity sugar plantation, endure the bloody Baptist War, the violent end of slavery and the difficult transition to free labor in nineteenth century Jamaica. Miss July is pulled away from her mother as a child, then witnesses her mother’s execution in the wake of the slave rebellion and her own child is given away. This book brings the horrors and brutality of chattel slavery into full relief and the author poignantly conveys how slave ownership corrupts even those with the purest of intentions and how, ultimately, Miss July finds herself in love with one of these conflicted men. This is a novel deep with emotion, and one that recreates a believable nineteenth-century Jamaica as a world of tremendous violence and exploitation, yet one in which we still see remarkable human tenderness.


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This densely written gothic novel told from the atmospheric setting of Provence in southern France, “The Lantern” by Deborah Lawrenson (hardback, $25.99) is an intriguing and beautifully painted tale of Les Genevriers, an abandoned house in a rural hamlet. Whirlwind lovers Eve and the secretive but charming Dom purchase the run-down house. At first everything is wonderful and exciting, and they adore the old house. Eve knows Dom has suffered through a failed marriage he won’t talk about, but he is a kind and attentive lover and partner. However, upon the arrival of autumn and its cool nights and chilly winds, Dom’s ardor begins to cool as well. This change along with the fact that he still is close-mouthed about his ex, Rachel, causes Eve to become suspicious and anxious. Suddenly there is a shift and the brightness of the old farmhouse turns dark and forbidding and Eve senses a presence she can’t explain. Is Eve in danger? She begins to think so as she frantically tries to solve the mystery of Dom’s ex-wife and why Dom, himself, grows more elusive and secretive. As promised “Horses Never Lie about Love” by Jana Harris (hardback, $24) will enchant you and buttress the school of thought that animals truly do have souls. Poet Jana Harris had always dreamed of owning a horse farm and when visiting the Rocking D Ranch she felt an instant connection to a striking deep dark red-colored mare named True Colors she knew that dream could be fulfilled. Three months later when True Colors arrived at her farm she was a different horse. Having escaped from the Rocking D Ranch and recaptured she was traumatized, injured and very easily spooked. True Colors lived in a world that was neither wild nor domesticated but with her wise, intuitive nature; she would end up changing the lives of everyone she encountered both animal and human. Kelli Creelman is the owner of the Rocking Chair Bookstore, the oldest, independent book store in Beaufort, where she resides.


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Parents have worried about their children since the beginning of time. Such worry is part of being a parent, and parents will worry about things both large and small. As an Early Education Outreach Coordinator for Carteret County Partnership for Children, Lisa Lewis often hears questions from parents asking the appropriate age to introduce children to the computer. Lewis strongly advises parents to manage usage. “Young children should be limited to all screen time; not only the TV, but also computers. It is amazing how much a 3 year old picks up from watching mom and dad manipulate the computer, so it cannot be assumed that a child is too young to require supervision. If parents choose to allow their small children to use the computer for games, educational programs or the Internet, they should share in that time. Parental involvement is crucial as with all aspects of a child’s development,” said Lewis. One relatively recent concern for parents involves the Internet. Over the last 10 to 15 years, the Internet has become established as a must-have in homes. Parents go online for a number of reasons and kids are now often required to use the Internet as part of their schoolwork. But, as useful and convenient as the Internet can be, it can also prove dangerous, particularly for young kids. Criminals who prey on children have taken their acts online, counting on children and their innocent and trusting nature in order to take advantage of them, which can lead to emotional and/or physical harm.

Parents have every right to worry when their kids go online. However, there are ways to safeguard kids from some of the Internet’s ills. • Emphasize the protection of personal information. Many websites ask visitors to fill out certain forms when visiting. When discussing the Internet with kids, tell them to inform an adult whenever they visit a website that requests they fill out a form or questionnaire before continuing to the site. All websites must tell their visitors how personal information is used, but kids often cannot understand the privacy policy or will immediately click the "agree" box below the policy. • Since kids don't have their own credit cards, protecting personal information should be discussed in terms of popular social networking sites. Caution kids against sharing too much information, including personal photos, age, full name, location, school, etc., which could potentially make them susceptible to online predators. • Preach caution in chat rooms. Kids can be especially susceptible to the dangers of the Internet when they enter chat rooms. If parents are going to allow kids to enter chat rooms or contribute to online message boards, go over a few basics with them beforehand. First and foremost, tell them to never share their address, full name or phone number with anyone in the chat room. Also, ensure kids never arrange to meet up with anyone from chat rooms. If kids do make a few online friends they want to meet in person, always be sure to accompany them to any such meetings and insist on meeting their new friends' parents as well. When meetings do take place, they should always be in a public place, such as a library. • Limit time spent online. The Internet can be a valuable resource, but spending too much time online can be just as detrimental as spending too much time on the couch watching television. Limit the amount of time kids are allowed to spend online. The longer kids are on the computer, the more likely they are to drift toward websites where their safety can be compromised. If kids only get a set amount of time to surf the Internet, they're more likely to visit only those sites they need to and not ones that can put them in harm's way. • Keep the computer in the family room. Keeping the family computer in the family room, where parents can monitor kids' online usage without peering over their shoulders, is another way to safeguard kids from the Internet. If kids have their own computers, be it a desktop or laptop, in their bedrooms, then parents might never truly know what their kids are doing online. High school students might be able to handle having a computer in their bedrooms, but younger children should be restricted to using the family computer in an area where their Internet habits can be easily monitored. • Many parents are hesitant to allow their children to be a part of social networking sites. Such fears and concerns about children being exposed to the dangers of pornography, child predators and cyberbullying can prevent the progress in education that is necessary to help students become successful. An alternative that is recommended by many educators throughout Carteret County is Gaggle, a social online learning tool and student email provider. Gaggle claims to make safety its top priority and supports opportunities for students to learn and take advantage of current technological tools for communication, collaboration and productivity. Not only does Gaggle comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and Children’s Internet Protection Act, but it also allows teachers to filter content and student accessibility. The program provides more control since it can be restricted to classrooms, schools or districts. Communication can also be monitored by administrators and the site will automatically remove inappropriate language, cyberbullying content, profanity, drug and sexual references and potential threats to student safety. Parents should be made aware of such alternatives for social sites. Many schools may qualify for funding for this program. For additional details visit

Talk to your kids to prevent them from becoming a victim or prosecutable aggressor: • Cyberstalking: The use of the Internet, email or other electronic communications to stalk, and generally refers to a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors. This is considered the most dangerous of the three types of Internet harassment and sanctions range from misdemeanors to felonies. • Cyberharrassment: Differs from cyberstalking in that it generally does not include a credible threat. Cyberharassment usually pertains to threatening or harassing email messages, instant messages, or to blog entries or websites dedicated solely to tormenting an individual. • Cyberbullying: Used for electronic harassment or bullying among minors within school context. Recent cyberbullying legislation reflects a trend that requires school districts to become enforcers by managing misconduct. As a result, statutes establish the infrastructure for schools to handle the issue by amending existing school anti-bullying policies to include cyberbullying or electronic harassment among school age children on school property, school buses and official school functions. Some districts have also extended sanctions to include cyberbullying activities that originate off-campus, since such behavior can cause disruptive distress to a victims learning environment. To report cyberbullying incidents that affect Carteret County Public School students, visit www. to access the “Report a Bully” link.


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s the first few months of the New Year start to slip away … do you find your New Year’s resolutions slipping with them? Resolutions should be realistic, attainable and manageable for the long-run. Try focusing on setting short-term, mid-term and long-term goals so you can take “baby steps” to reach your ultimate goals! Do not expect to be perfect, we are only human, and we make mistakes. Strive for making lifestyle modifications and behavioral changes that you feel comfortable with and that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Taking small steps is the first thing to realize when trying to set a healthy resolution. Simply establishing goals to make healthier choices and lead a healthier lifestyle should make you feel good about yourself. To make your goal more easily attainable, set small goals that you know you can reach daily and to help keep your attitude positive. Attaining small goals in short periods of time, will give you immediate feelings of success and gratification. If your goals are too large, you may set yourself up for immediate failure instead of immediate success. Small, distinct behavior changes are much easier to stick too, than vague goals, like “I will lose 10 pounds.” If your resolution isn’t clear or is too large, add a plan of action, with shorter, smaller goals to help lead you too success. Rather than making a resolution like, “I will exercise more,” try “I will start walking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my lunch break for 30 minutes.” This way, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and if you miss a day, you can get right back on track. Make a plan to help reach your new goals and make sure they are realistic. If your goal is to start exercising, don’t plan to exercise at 5am if you know you are not a morning person. Try to make things as easy as possible on yourself. Set your goals at reachable heights, so you can achieve one at a time and not feel overwhelmed. Any goals you set should come from a sincere, desire to really want to change yourself! Research has shown that negative feelings are a frequent cause of relapse in behavior-change programs and resolutions that feel like punishment can cause 14

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negative feelings. All resolutions should be positive changes that will help you reach and maintain your goals for life. Don’t decide to make changes for anyone other than yourself. Resolutions are an opportunity to look into your future in a positive way, rather than to punish yourself for past behaviors. Get excited and creative when making a plan for change! Maybe you have a goal to meet new friends with similar behavior interests; you may want to try taking group fitness classes to meet new people and to keep your new healthy behavior fun and interesting. Perhaps you have a goal to spend more time with your family. You may want to start taking afternoon walks with you children or another family member. Know and expect to hit “road blocks” on your journey. Anticipating that your plan is not always going to work out perfectly will help with taking “alternate routes” to keep you on track. If things like bad weather or a cold prevent you from sticking with your plan, make alternate plans for situations that you can not escape. However, don’t let one little “traffic jam” throw you off course for too long. Don’t let a missed day or two, throw you for a long loop. Once you get back on track, try to find new ways to reward yourself when you reach your smaller goals. If your goal is to eat healthier, keep your meals delicious and allow yourself a small dessert after a few days of consistent healthy habits. Make sure you have a strong support system from those around you on a regular basis. This will help keep you motivated and keep you in a positive mind frame. It may help you reinforce your goal if you have support from a role model who already lives the lifestyle you are trying to achieve. If they can do it, so can you! It’s easier to stick with your plan if you feel good about yourself. Remember, the only way your goal is going to become reality is if you believe in it and, most of all, if you believe in yourself. “Please understand my friend, that where you find yourself tomorrow is a function of the positive decisions and actions you take today,” Akin A. Awolaja, educator of Wise Living. Stacy M. Lamb is a health educator and a AFAA certified personal trainer with an emphasis on group fitness.

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Innovation is one of the most powerful elements associated with economic success for developed nations. It is a significant source of national economic growth and international competitiveness. In 2011, INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, released its findings of The Global Innovation Index. Switzerland was ranked first among 125 economies on innovation levels. Although the US remains among the top 10, it formally dominated the number one spot. This year’s rankings show that innovation has become a global phenomenon with six European economies (including Finland 5th, Denmark 6th, the Netherlands 9th and the UK 10th), two Asian (including Hong Kong and China 4th) and two North American economies (the US 7th and Canada 8th) in the top 10. “Innovation is critical to driving the growth in both developed and emerging economies, especially during a time when the global economy is still in a state of recovery,” said Soumitra Dutta, Roland Berger professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD. Business in America is scrambling to recover from major economic setbacks. College graduates are without jobs and carrying an excessive accumulation of college debt while most businesses are seeking out innovative ways to compete by improving creativity. Being first with a concept is critical for recent graduates and their survival. Where did we lose rank and where do we start now? It is these two questions that educators across the US are challenged with and struggling to find solutions for. Parents, educators, politicians and business leaders are all on board with a common understanding that the US educational system will need to place more emphasis on what is required to create solutions and solve problems with new technological innovations. One solution is STEM, a program designed to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in order for the US to remain more competitive globally. Even in an era of budget restraint, STEM, has become politically accepted since it is considered an essential component of North America’s ability to develop new products and businesses for the economy of the future. In the midst of nationwide educational budget restraints, several districts remain focused on offering students the benefits of STEM, including Carteret County. “We are just getting underway with the planning of this program. We have discussed the need and feasibility of such a program over the past few months, but delayed moving forward due to the budget reductions,” said Mat Bottoms, Carteret County assistant superintendent. “Even though the budget issues are not behind us, we feel it is appropriate to begin the planning for such an endeavor in anticipation of the needed funding by the time we have completed our preliminary work,” he continued. “Currently, we are realigning and shifting responsibilities in the curriculum and instruction department in order to give one of the staff members more time to focus on the STEM project. Even though the curriculum staff has been stretched to extremes due to cuts in this division, we plan to have the realignment completed within the next few weeks. We have also had preliminary discussions about the funding and facility needs required to make the STEM school a reality. “We are excited about the program, certainly see the benefits afforded to our students by having a STEM school, and are just getting underway with making this a reality when the budget will allow.” Although considered necessary, some leaders in education feel the program is missing an art element that they say is essential for the creative process, and STEAM with Arts, considered a necessary adjunct to STEM, has been introduced. The study, “Ready to Innovate,” conducted by The Conference Board, Americans for the Arts and the American Association of School Administrators, surveyed several executives and school superintendents and con-

cluded that there is a “need for more innovative employees at all levels in the workforce and that education in arts was a leading and reliable indicator of the creativity and innovation in applicants.” Art is considered imperative by many of today’s great minds and leaders believe that the US educational system should aim to include, use and develop all the tools and skills that are available to support creativity and innovation. “I think the STEAM initiative is important for children. Creative, critical and innovative thinking are crucial for students to become self-directed and productive contributors,” said local artist, Dr. Joyce Trafton, who frequently volunteers at the Emerald Isle Recreation Center teaching calligraphy classes to children. “STEAM prepares children for the inevitable challenges of the 21st century.” Trafton will conduct a workshop, STEAM: Incorporating the Arts into Lifelong Learning, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, Feb. 4 and 18, at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation. The course, she said, will introduce STEAM as a viable and comprehensive key to student’s success in a competitive global environment. The workshop is ideal for teachers, administrators and parents interested in educational change. The course will introduce and apply the skills of the arts, skills that will empower students to function in an increasingly complex, conceptual and global 21st century society and economy. Techniques will include mind habits of creativity, critical and innovative thinking that will help develop problem solving skills crucial to students becoming self-directed learners. Having experiences in both Western and Eastern cultures, Trafton will link together successful international educational concepts in order challenge participants to think differently. She will look at the educational process through exploration of significant STEAM concepts using an engineering design process conducive to incorporating multiple disciplines and intelligences in the resolution of open-ended problems. “Children, through exploration of their world, naturally create questions and solve problems. This workshop will renew that wonderment in participants as we explore integrated, inquiry-based problem discovery and resolution. We will look at convergent and divergent thinking and work together to create and innovate because innovation is a key to the success of our nation,” said Trafton. Trafton believes the US requires education to be fragmented knowledge by testing pieces until the ‘bigger’ picture is almost irrelevant and not discernable. She said that educators not only need to teach students the who, what, when and where to prepare them, but also include proper application to understand ‘how.’ a process that requires hands-on experiences in most cases. Once students can synthesize what they know with experiences, they will be able to answer ‘why,’ which truly exhibits understanding, a higher level of cognition. “Schools need to produce workers in all areas for the US to compete globally, and those workers need to be competent thinkers and understand that there are many ways of knowing that potentially complement one another. In this unbelievable information age, the possibility for knowing is immense and the communication of that knowledge with others is remarkable,” said Trafton.

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Rich in color, flavor and history, the pomegranate is finally making its debut throughout the US as a “super food.” In hopes for a second life, King Tut and other ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates. Middle Eastern countries have valued the many spiritual and medicinal benefits of pomegranates for years before modern science detailed its plethora of health benefits. The fruit is in season during winter months and as its health profile expands, people are finding new ways to incorporate pomegranates into their diets. Today, most American’s consume the fruit through juice, however, the seeds can be sprinkled in salads, yogurt or ice cream. Several chefs are incorporating the vibrant red wonder fruit into recipes for baked goods, soups or sauces. One pomegranate fruit contains about 40 percent of an adult’s recommended daily requirement of vitamin C and also includes polyphenol compounds, believed to provide the antioxidant properties the fruit has gained popularity for. The pomegranate plant contains alkaloids, mannite, ellagic acid and the bark and rind contain various tannins, according to a study conducted by the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy featured in the July 2011 “Alternative Therapies” column. Best Way to Consume The study concludes that pomegranates may be helpful in reducing blood pressure or enhancing antioxidant activity. The best way to consume stronger antioxidant components is by drinking commercially prepared juice that contains more rind constituents than hand processed. The inner and outer rinds of the fruit contain more polyphenols than the seeds and juice. Although commercially processed juices may contain higher antioxidant components from rinds, nu-

What are antioxidants? “Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause.” - National Cancer Institute tritionists typically advise staying away from juice with added sugar. Be sure to check and compare nutritional facts and sugar content before making a juice selection. Choosing Ripe Pomegranates Pomegranates do not ripen once they have been picked from the shrub. 20

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Be sure to select ones that are already ripe at the market. Look for plump, vibrantly colored, round pomegranates with unblemished skin. Whole pomegranates should be kept in a cool and dry area and can be stored for up to two months. Once cut, a pomegranate generally stays fresh for two or three days. You can also prolong the season by freezing the seeds in an airtight bag for up to one year. Savvy Smarts for Cracking Open Cracking open a pomegranate truly unlocks the hundreds of hidden ruby treasures inside, but beware these tiny gems can add a little extra unwanted red color to your kitchen, clothes or hands if you are not careful. The pomegranate is a labor-intensive fruit and some opt for purchasing dried. If you are willing to take the challenge, follow these simple steps provided by Food Network Kitchens to get beneath its rough, thin skin to the tiny seeds encased in translucent ruby pulp: 1. Slice off the top end (the part that looks like a crown), then make several shallow cuts from top to bottom. 2. Once you have made the cuts, immerse the whole pomegranate in a bowl of water and gently break the sections apart. Keep the fruit under water to prevent the juice from spattering. 3. Using your fingers, pull the red seeds away from the white pith. 4. Discard everything that floats (pith and peel float; seeds sink) and drain the seeds in a colander. The seeds can be used to complement several dishes, or you can use them to make juice by placing the seeds in a blender and then straining the resulting liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth. One pomegranate should yield about half a cup of juice.


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by Amanda Dagnino


For those who have looked up just about anything to do with diet in the last few years the word gluten has inevitably popped up once or twice. It’s a word no one had really heard of five years ago – except, of course, for the 1 percent of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease. But as the culture copes with an increasing amount of stomach distress, weight gain and general ill health, practitioners are finding that there are many patients who can benefit from a gluten-free approach to daily eating. So what exactly is gluten? And where can we find it? Gluten is a two-part protein composite found in wheat, rye and barley. It’s no surprise that it comes from the latin word for glue, because that’s exactly what it does for food – it binds or holds it together. It adds the chewiness to pizza crust and bagels, the softness to cookies, fluffiness to bread and helps blend salad dressing. There are a variety of foods that instantly comes to mind – bread, pasta, cakes and pies – but given gluten’s ability to add texture to foods, it’s widely used as an additive. Gluten can be found in soups, beer, dressings, sauces, gravy, imitation or processed meats and other products that have nothing to do with wheat at all. While it’s great for the preservation of food, it is gluten’s ability to bind that effects those who are sensitive to it. Too much can lead to a buildup on the walls of the intestine, causing blockages and irritation of the intestinal wall. It can eventually have a toxic effect on the body. Symptoms can include intestinal inflammation, diarrhea, bloating, inability to adequately absorb nutrients, an itchy rash, tiredness and more. While gluten causes serious complications for someone diagnosed with celiac disease, it can cause digestive issues on varying levels for a much larger number of people. We’ve reached this juncture for two reasons, said Dr. Bill Rawls, Jr., of Soundside Healthcare in Morehead City. First, the glutens in wheat have changed. It’s been hybridized through the years to create the most productive crop and simply isn’t the same wheat grandma was making biscuits with. It’s broken down by our bodies differently


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than it was in a more natural state, thus causing a larger percentage of the population to develop sensitivity to it. Second – and more importantly, said Dr. Rawls – we eat a lot of it. “Take a look at the American diet and half of it comes from grains,” he said. Historically, grain was used to bulk up the diet during the winter months because it was easy to store. But it still isn’t a natural food source for humans, said Rawls, who prefers a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and poultry. As a country, Rawls points out, the US spends 15 percent of its Gross National Product on health care but only 7 percent on food. “As a culture we spend a lower percentage on our food than any other culture in the world. We like our food cheap and easy and sweet and unfortunately that just isn’t healthy,” said the doctor. The author of “The Vital Plan,” Dr. Rawls takes a more holistic approach to patient care that focuses on less invasive measures first when applicable. After researching nutrition, diet, exercise and overall wellness for his own personal use, he was compelled to share the knowledge he had gained. And while a lighter, glutenfree diet isn’t the answer for everyone, it may be a step toward better health for many. Only about one percent of the population has a true allergy, however, Rawls said that based on what he sees in practice, many more are living with a sensitivity to gluten. He estimates that 50-75 percent of the patients he sees would do better without gluten in their diet. “People just don’t feel well,” he said. “They have arthritis. Fatigue is not uncommon and weight problems play a large role.” For Rosemary Avila it felt a lot like being pregnant. “That’s a strange way of putting it, but I felt this pressure all the time in my abdomen and I just sort of felt heavy all over. I was like myself, just turned down and sluggish,” she said. “I had always joked that I could eat anything – that I had a tough stomach. But in my early 40s it became really sensitive. One day it was backed up and the next it was flowing a little too freely.” Avila said she just sort of chalked it up to age and blamed it on all the heavy and spicy food she had eaten through the years. “It was the exhaustion that finally made me to go the doctor and take a more active role in my health,” Avila said. “They said it was stress, even suggested an anti-depressant. But I knew that wasn’t the answer.” So she started researching on her own. After about a year, she said, it was a friend of her sister’s that mentioned an article she had read recently on gluten and its effects on the body. “I have never been one for fad diets. Let’s get that out there first,” she said, chuckling a little at the thought. “I’ve never even seen a South Beach book. But I’ve always been pretty health conscious and what she remembered from the article sounded pretty dead on.” A website suggested a trial run, so after speaking to her doctor to ensure its safety, Avila embarked upon a six-week journey without gluten. “It was pretty hard at first and required that I prepare more food than I probably otherwise would have,” she said. “Plus, it was pretty limited at the beginning because I was too afraid of ingesting gluten that I stayed away from things I didn’t really need to.” But it made a difference. “Within two weeks I felt better,” Avila said. “Not just a little better – it was like fully turning a corner. I felt like I had reclaimed my life.” Dr. Rawls agrees that the best way to see if someone is sensitive to gluten, is to remove it from the diet for six weeks. “Most people are going to test negative for celiac disease, but that doesn’t mean you’re not sensitive to gluten,” Rawls said. “Go six weeks and see how

you feel – see if you notice a difference.” Limiting perhaps, but a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be as boring as once thought, with many companies now offering gluten-free alternatives in the regular grocery store. Several carbohydrates/starches are acceptable, including corn, soybeans, potatoes, rice and tapioca, however, many embrace healthier alternatives, such as quinoa, taro and arrowroot. Experts are on the fence about oats – with some saying they are safe in moderation and others saying that the commercial oat stock is contaminated with other grains creating opening the door to gluten. Anyone putting themselves to the test should note that it can be easy to bulk up the diet with foods high in fat and low in nutritional content. Rawls recommends that a healthy diet should be made up of about 50 percent fresh vegetable, however, he is also a proponent of free-range meat, including beef. See www.eatwild. com for local farms. “Over time, you really get used to it,” said Avila. “The first week, I didn’t think I’d ever adjust, but you really do. And I feel like myself again – there’s nothing I wouldn’t give up for that.” The Bad News Proponents say people who choose to forgo gluten often bulk up their diet with less healthy, fatty alternatives and may be missing the vitamins and minerals found that are found in enriched bread and other gluten products. Studies have shown that it’s difficult to get iron, protein, fiber, vitamin B-12 and others on a low or glutenfree regimen. In addition, gluten-free specialty items can be expensive, making it necessary for more foods to be prepared at home. The Good News The gluten-free approach is gaining wider attention. More gluten-free substitutions are available today and recipes are bountiful online. Making it a little easier to have a night away from the kitchen, many chain restaurants are adopting gluten-free options, including Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesdays, with many locally-owned restaurants following suit.



3-5: Carolina Chocolate Festival. Chocolate is the theme, from decadent selections to pudding eating contests this festival will converge the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Benefits go to area nonprofit groups. Details: 4 & 18: STEAM: Incorporating the Arts into Lifelong Learning. 10am-4pm. Dr. Joyce Trafton, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation, $25. Call 252-354-6350 or email lgottuso@ 6, 20, 27: Succulent Seafood. 2-4pm. Varying restaurants. Ages 12 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums. com. Fri. 10: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. Movies are family oriented. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. 10-12: New Bern Antique Show. The New Bern Preservation Foundation will host its annual antique show and sale at the Riverfront Convention Center. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Details: 252-633-6448 or visit 10-24: Art from the Heart. Location varies, Morehead City – Combined exhibit of work by area school children. Free. Contact: Arts Council of Carteret Council 252-726-9156. Sat. 11: Gloucester Mardi Gras. 11am-6pm. Details: www. Seduction in the Seas. Call or check the website for times and prices. Details: 252-247-4003 or pine-knoll-shores. Molly Andrews Performs. 8pm. Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for members; and $8, students. Details: 252-633-6444 or Sun. 12: Valentine Membership Drive. 2-4pm. Beaufort Historic Site. Details: 252-728-5225 or

Feb. 13-March 23: Winter Tennis Clinics with Tony Pereira. 12:30pm. Ages 14 and up, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Details: 252-354-6350. Tues. 14: Brown Bag Gam – Love at Sea. Noon. NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317. Fri. 17: Red Cross Blood Drive. 2-7pm. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Wed. 22: Empty Bowls. 11am-1pm. Crystal Coast Civic Center, 252-240-9841. Sat. 25: Summertime Blues Surf Art and Memorabilia Silent Auction. 7-11pm. Supports the Buddy Peletier Surfing Foundation. Tickets are $15.


2-4: Coastal Home & Garden Show. Crystal Coast Civic Center, 252-247-3883. 3-4: Train Show. Carolina Coastal Railroaders 17th annual show at New Bern’s Sudan Temple. Admission is $6 for ages 12 and up, 11 and under are free with adult ticket. Details: 252-6388872 or Fri. 9: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. Sat. 17: 21st Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival. 9am-5pm. Emerald Plantation shopping center, 252-654-6350. Swansboro Oyster Roast & Pig Out. 5-8pm. Hosted by the Swansboro Rotary Club and held at the group’s civic center. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Details: 910-3266175. Still on the Hill Perform. 8pm. Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for members; and $8, students. Details: 252-633-6444 or

22nd Annual Art From the Heart Opens Feb. 17 The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) will open its 22nd annual Art from the Heart art show on Friday, Feb. 17 in Morehead City, for its popular two-week run in celebration of regional arts. The exhibition and sale features original artwork by artists from Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico counties from all levels of expertise, from student to professional. Two and three-dimensional artwork in all media can be found, including, oils, acrylics, charcoals, pastels, watercolors, collage, photography, mixed media, pottery, woodturning, fiber art, jewelry and sculpture. The location, which rotates from year to year because of the sheer size of the event, will be announced on the ACCC’s website, www. Judges, rules for entry and entry forms can also be found on the site. Artist registration will be held from 10am-4pm on Feb. 11-12. An opening reception and awards presentation for Art from the Heart will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, Feb. 17. The public is invited to drop by, meet the artists and enjoy the show. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free. According to ACCC board member and Art from the Heart co-chair Lee Lumpkin, last year’s Art From the Heart was a tremendous success, 24

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exceeding artist participation and audience attendance numbers from previous years. “One hundred and sixty artists submitted work in 2011,” Lumpkin said. “The show featured 430 pieces of original artwork, many of which were sold during the exhibition.” In recent years, Art from the Heart has become one of the largest and most popular art shows in eastern North Carolina. The Arts Council distributes more than $5,000 in award money every year to artists who are recognized for their excellence during the show. More than 2,800 people visited the gallery in 2011, including an estimated 300 when the gallery hosted the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours event. The ACCC has recently learned that the chamber will again hold its Business after Hours event at the site of Art from the Heart on Thursday, Feb. 16, the evening before the art show officially opens to the public. Tickets for Business after Hours and further details may be obtained by calling the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. For more information regarding Art From the Heart 2012, visit the ACCC’s website at or call them at 252726-9156.

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by Patrick Keough

We both had our cameras out one summer evening as the crimson sun was setting over the Bogue Sound. I had my Canon EOS Digital camera and my daughter Andei had her medium format plastic camera called a Holga loaded with color film. It was an extremely majestic Crystal Coast sunset. I positioned myself to capture a wide angle shot of the glowing orange sun melting into the water with some trees framed in the foreground of my composition. As I got ready to expose my photographs I looked over and noticed Andei lying down on the ground with Holga in hand shooting the sunset through a white, picket fence. I thought to myself there is no way she can get a decent shot from that angle and vantage point. I mentioned my concern to her, but she brushed me off and took her photographs through that fence. I framed up some nice traditional scenic pictures and was able to view my images immediately because I was shooting digitally.  However ... we had to wait a few days to get Andei’s film developed and make a print of her sunset. To make a long story short ... her pictures were visually dynamic and much more unique and interesting than my traditional “postcard” approach to the scene. In fact, Andei sold that photograph during an Arts Council exhibition a few months later. That same scenario has played out time and time again as we traveled and photographed all across Ireland two years ago. Andie looks at potential subjects to photograph and sees so many creative possibilities and is not afraid to experiment and take risks whenever she pulls out her camera. Even though I’ve been photographing for 40+ years, I must admit Andei has taught me a few things about breaking out of my box and SEEING potential subject matter for my pictures a little differently. I’m sure I have taught her a thing or two as well over the years, but the beauty of photography is that we all bring our own personal creativity and vision to art and photography. The following is an interview I conducted with my daughter over dinner. (See Daughter, page 29)


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ArtSea Pamlico Musical Society Brings Eclectic Performers

Marie-Josee Lord

Let the Pamlico Musical Society put a little warmth back in winter this year as it presents three concerts during the next two months featuring a variety of genres. All concerts are held at the Old Theater, Oriental. Tickets for the individual performances are $20 and can be purchased at Nautical Wheelers, Oriental, or by calling 252-249-3670. Stephanie Nakasian hits the stage on Saturday, Feb. 25, to take audiences on a fantastic journey into the music of Billie Holiday. A gifted vocalist, she captures hearts with her natural charm and transports audiences to another era with her rich, sultry style. “The New Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz” describes Nakasian as “one of the most important jazz singers in the world today.” Critics have compared her to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Margaret Whiting, praising her flawless delivery and playful improvisation. With more than two dozen recordings to her credit, Nakasian has performed at the most prestigious jazz festivals and concert halls worldwide, and for her concert in February, she will be accompanied by her long-time partner, the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, Hod O’Brien.


1-14: 6th Annual Valentine’s Card Show and Sale. This annual show at Carolina Creations, New Bern, features handcrafted Valenine’s by Craven County school children. Cards sell for $3 and all proceeds go to the Craven County Schools arts program. Details: 252-633-4369 or www. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Painting Class. 9:30am-12:30pm. All media. David Parker is the instructor for these classes at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: www.arts-things. com. Drawing to Painting. 2-5pm. Area artist Lena Ennis leads this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Class is also held each Saturday from 9:30am-12:30pm. Details: Wed. 1: Timmy & Susana Abell Perform. This fun performance for toddlers will be held in the auditorium at Southwest High School in Jacksonville. Details: 910-4559840. 2, 9, 16, 23: Painting Class. 1-4pm. All levels are welcome to this painting class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: Sat. 4: Orleans in Concert. 7:30pm. The American pop/ rock band will perform at the Grover C. Fields Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $40 for general public and $30 for military and available by calling 252-638-8558 or www. or at Mitchell Hardware, Bank of the Arts, Fuller Music, Harris Teeter and ITT Cherry Point. 10-11: Unlocking the Mysteries of Painting. Carolina Creations of New Bern has scheduled this two-day workshop with Raleigh artist Dan Nelson. Details: 252-6334369 or Molly Andrews Performs. 8pm. The Down East Folk Arts Society welcomes the musicians to the Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern, on Friday and at Clawson’s Restaurant in Beaufort on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for members; and $8, students. Details: 252-633-6444 or

Sat. 11: Righteous Brothers Tribute. 8pm. Sammy O’Banion presents this tribute band at The Morehead Center. Tickets are one for $20 or two for $30. Details: 252-726-1501. Sun. 12: BHA Valentine Membership Drive. Introduce yourself to the Beaufort Historical Association’s efforts and enjoy the artwork of Lisa Tuchek from 2-4pm. 16-19 and 23-26: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Performance.” A hilarious tale of overachiever’s angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling bee of a lifetime. This adult musical takes to the stage at the Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St. Performances begin at 8pm except for two 3pm performances on Feb. 19 and 23. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Details: 252634-7877 or Sat. 18: “An Evening with the Swan.” 8pm. Nationallyrenowned Christian comedian brings his ministry of laughter to the Morehead Center, 14th and Arendell Streets. Tickets are $25. Details: 252-726-1501 or www. Sun. 19: NC Symphony – New World Symphony. 7:30pm. Music Director Grant Llewellyn is your guide on this in-depth tour of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 as the NC Symphony performs at the Riverfront Convention Center. Explore the national legacy that the Czech composer carried with him and hear selections of African-American and Native American melodies before sitting back for Dvorak’s soaring masterpiece. Tickets are $25-$40 for adults, $10 for students. Details: 877-627-6724 or 23rd annual Sunday Jazz Showcase. 1:30 & 7pm. The Craven Arts Council and Gallery’s 23rd showcase will be held at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel. Details: 252-6382577 or


1-30: Paint the Town – Paintings of New Bern. The work of Raleigh-based artist Dan Nelson, takes center

Although critics shower Marie-Josee Lord with praise for her extraordinary talent as an opera singer, audiences in coastal Carolina are in for a treat when Lord presents her signature ‘Jambalaya’ performance, featuring a tasty mix of music from Verdi and Gershwin to Joni Mitchell. The Pamlico Musical Society is proud to present two concerts by MarieJosee Lord, with a 7:30pm performance on Saturday, March 10 and a 2pm matinee planned for 2pm, Sunday, March 11. Born in Haiti and adopted by a family in Quebec, Canada, Lord studied piano at a young age, but in her own words, she “wasn’t passionate” about the instrument. Her career might have stalled, but a friend encouraged her to take voice lessons and suddenly, she discovered an art form that was everything she’d been looking for. “It was like finding the man of your life,” Lord said. Marie-Josee’s newfound passion for singing quickly inspired equal passion among opera fans. From opera classics like “La Boheme” to rock op(See Pamlico, page 29)

stage at Carolina Creations, New Bern. Details: 252-6334369 or 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Painting Class. 1-4pm. All levels are welcome to this painting class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: 3-4, 10-11: “Murder in the Manor.” 7pm. Athens of the South’s newest murder mystery dinner theater will be held at BridgePointe Hotel and Marina, New Bern. Tickets range from $15-$30. Details: 252-229-4977. 7, 14, 21, 28: Painting Class. 9:30am-12:30pm. All media. David Parker is the instructor for this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: Drawing to Painting. 2-5pm. Area artist Lena Ennis leads this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Class is also held each Saturday from 9:30am-12:30pm. Details: Wed. 7: Yale University Senior Women’s A Capella Choir, Whim’n Rhythm. 7pm. Concert to benefit the Hospice House at The Morehead Center. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Details: 252-726-1501 or Fri. 9: ArtWalk. 5-8pm. Join galleries throughout New Bern’s historic downtown district for an evening of art. 16-17: Still on the Hill Perform. 8pm. The Down East Folk Arts Society welcomes the musicians to the Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern on Friday, and at Clawson’s Restaurant in Beaufort on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for members; and $8, students. Details: 252-633-6444 or Sat. 24: NC Symphony Performs – ESPANA. 7:30pm. Sarah Hicks takes you straight into the intersection of neighboring cultures with this fresh look at how Spanish flavors inspired French music and vice versa as the NC Symphony performs at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Tickets are $25-$40 for adults, $10 for students. Details: 877-627-6724 or



Liner Notes Hearts are for Lovers

Art & Artists Art Escapes & Frames 2900 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-241-5111 Beads-N-Bowls 220 Craven St., New Bern 252-288-5812 Bear Hands Art Factory & Framing (Formerly Arts & Materials) 219 Middle St., New Bern 252-514-2787 Blu Sail Gallery 903 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-723-9516 Carolina Creation 317-A Pollock St., New Bern 252-633-4369 Coastal Crafts Plus 16 Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach 252-247-7210 The Fat Lady’s 5354 Hwy 24, Bogue 252-393-2348 The Four C’s 250 Middle St., New Bern 252-636-3285 Jamie Dickenson Price 712 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-5263 JDP Artwork on My Favorite Things 225 Middle St., New Bern 252-514-0086 New Bern Artworks & Company 323 Pollock St., New Bern 252-634-9002 Noah’s Ark 201 Front St., Swansboro 910-326-5679 Tidewater Gallery 107 N. Front St., Swansboro 910-325-0660

Melt those winter blues away and join New Bern ArtWorks for wine and chocolate while choosing that special gift for the love of your life. Choose from one of the many “Hearts are for Lovers” paintings by artist Eric McRay or from the sterling silver jewelry that has just arrived by jewelry artist Mary Timmer. You can also find glass, pottery, fine art textiles, sculpture, photography and much more. A special reception welcoming the work is planned from 5-8pm on Friday, Feb. 10. To learn more, call 252-634-9002 or visit

Vision Gallery Welcomes Harris

Vision Gallery in Atlantic Beach is pleased to announce that North Carolina artist Scott Harris has joined the gallery. Harris is an aluminum artist and sculptor who is has rapidly gained popularity throughout the Southeast. Born in Fargo, ND, Scott relocated to the mountains of North Carolina in 1996 and completed his bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Brevard College. While in college, he first experimented with paint on aluminum due to its flexible surface. As the process evolved, he discovered the reflective quality of the material added depth and movement to his art. Harris enjoys creating imagery that exhibits the contrast between a warm, organic image on a cold, industrial surface. He has completed many personal and corporate commissions including a 14 foot mobile in the RBC Building in Raleigh and two sculptures for the Tanger Outlets in Mebane. Several of his paintings in the gallery have already found homes and new and exciting work will be arriving throughout 2012. Vision Gallery, now in its tenth year, is located at 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway. For more information please call 252247-5550 or visit

Seymour is Featured

North Carolina artist and UNC-Wilmington grad, Travis Seymour got a boost this winter when Informed Collector featured the artist’s work, calling his paintings “A savory tribute to a bygone era and simple treasures.” After receiving degrees in studio art and art history, Seymour went on to study Old Master techniques in Florence, Italy. He has taught fine art at The Stevenson Academy on Long Island and is a participating fellow at the Hudson River School for Landscape in the Catskill Mountains. He currently shares his time between the UK and the US, however, his work still has a presence in Eastern North Carolina. Lynn and Marty Golitz, owners of the Blu Sail Gallery in Morehead City, are excited to have some of this young up and comer’s work on display.

Johnson Display in Jacksonville

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reception slated from 2:30-4pm on Sunday, Feb. 5. The ethereal paintings of the selftrained artist mirror her view of the world and her personality. Johnson is the granddaughter of the late Benjamin R. Harrison (creator of “The Golden Bull” mascot for Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.) “My style of painting is best described as biomorphic abstract,” the artist said. “My creative goal is to express how life moves in, out, through, between, around us.” The gallery is located at 826 New Bridge St. in Jacksonville. To learn more, call 910-455-9840.

The Healing Side of Art

Kyle Dixon, president of the NC Wildlife Artist Association, will be the featured artist at Carteret General Hospital, Morehead City, through the month of March. Dixon’s work will hang in the hallway adjacent to the hospital’s cafeteria as part of the ongoing Arts for the Hospital program. A graphic artist by trade, Dixon grew up in a family of outdoorsmen in the shadow of Cape Lookout Lighthouse, fishing, swimming and discovering nature – experiences he would later translate into his artwork. The award-winning artist has been featured in the NC Wildlife Calendar published by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission. Dixon lives in Beaufort, where he is co-owner and operates Call of the Wild Wildlife Studio. Here, you can find originals as well as giclee reproductions on museum quality papers of stretched canvas. While the hospital maintains the privacy of its patients, everyone is invited to stop by and view the monthly exhibits.

Tuchek Displays at Historic Site

North Carolina native, Lisa Tuchek, will be featured during February at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery on the Beaufort Historic Site. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Tuchek has lived in Beaufort for the past five years. A nurse by education, Tuckek studied with various Nashville, Tenn., artists to help develop her fun, colorful style of painting. Most of Lisa’s works are acrylic/ mixed media paintings inspired by sea and shore creatures in this beautiful coastal area. Her work is continually evolving and changing through the process of creating special, commissioned pieces of a variety of subject matter for collectors of her work. In addition to showing her most recent works, Tuchek is creating a fun collection of Valentine inspired paintings for the upcoming show. The artist will be on hand during the Beaufort Historical Association’s annual Valentine Membership Party, slated from 2-4pm on Sunday, Feb. 12. The event introduces potential members to the organization’s mission as well as the restored structures it maintains on its Turner Street site. To learn more, about the Mattie King David Art Gallery, or the Beaufort Historic Association’s calendar of annual programs, call 252-728-5225 or visit



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When did you first start becoming interested in photography? I’ve been taking pictures from an early age considering both my parents are serious photographers, however, the first time I truly realized just how much I loved photography was when I was living in Sicily and my mother let me use her 35mm Minolta film camera that had a broken light meter. She taught me how to use it and explained the shutter speeds and f/stops to me before I went outside and shot my first roll. The pictures came out great and I was hooked from that moment on.  Since that time I’ve fallen in love with medium format film photography and have experimented with a variety of plastic cameras such as the Holga and Diana cameras, in addition to more recently shooting with a Hasselblad 2/14 format camera. What do you think it means to be an artist? To be an artist is kind of like being a philosopher. I make photographs because I am curious about the world around me. I want my pictures to make people think. Everybody brings their own insight, experience and perspective to the work and I am well aware that my pictures may communicate different things to different viewers. Artists and fine art photographers should make you think in new ways about the world around you. I love photographically exploring colors, patterns, textures and I like to incorporate symbolic references in my pictures – especially when I work with models in setting up a photograph. Where do your ideas come from? I love traveling to new places and exploring those new environments and the people with my camera. I’ve been lucky to have done a lot of traveling over the past 10 years. I have photographed in the Bahamas, Ireland, Sicily, Rome, France, El Salvador and Amsterdam. I don’t really specialize in any one type of image making or subject matter. I love documentary, fine art, travel photography and portraiture, in addition to coming up with visually interesting environments, outfits and props for my models. I am still young and realize my work and personal style is still evolving and that’s the way it should be with art and

laboration and setting up photographs with models while studying at the International Design Institute. This was really the first time I got interested in creating my own environments and controlling all aspects of the photograph. I did love photographing in Sicily. The landscape is absolutely beautiful and the light is like nothing I have ever seen before. Living in Sicily is what got me interested in nature/landscape photography as well as doing environmental portraits. Living and going to college in Rome was an incredible learning and growing experience for me and I’m glad I had to opportunity to study art and photography in the city of Michelangelo, Raphael and Da Vinci.

photography. I have noticed a lot of my landscape work is minimal when it comes to my compositions. I like to focus in on or isolate certain colors, textures and shapes in my photographs and that takes being hyper sensitive and in tune with my surroundings. This is just one aspect of my personal style however – not my only approach.

What are the situations when you feel a strong urge to photograph? I just love light and color and I also enjoy going out with my friends and just seeing what can happen when we find a cool location and just start making photographs and having some fun with it. Sometimes I’ll get an idea for a picture and then I try to find the best setting, model and props to bring my concept to life. That’s a real challenge for me as a photographer, but it is also very satisfying when it all comes together and my idea comes to realization. What was it like to study art and photography in Rome, Italy for your first year of college?  It was very difficult for me to photograph in Rome because it is such a congested and chaotic city. I did however learn a great deal about studio lighting, creative col-

Why do you like shooting film over digital? I find shooting with film is more of an alchemical experience. To me there is something mysterious about the photographic process and that makes it more of an art form to me. I believe there are more layers of meaning in film photography and it’s more of a painstaking process when you are developing and printing your images in the darkroom, instead of just downloading your pictures into the computer. I’m excited about the “subtle magic” in traditional film photography and it compliments my personal style better than digital imaging. I know it sounds weird, but I consider myself a bit of a Renaissance woman. I enjoy trying my hand at a variety of artistic mediums and just love to create whether it be with photography, pottery, sewing or painting, it’s all about learning and experimenting for me. Art and photography are mediums that help me understand and make some sense of the world around me. Making pictures is what I really enjoy and I try to make it a part of my daily life. I’m still young and very enthralled and excited about life and all its possibilities. Art helps us ask and sometimes answer the WHY’s of life. Check out my photo blog to see some of my work: Teacher, writer and photographer, Patrick Keough resides in Morehead City, where he has worked with the state community college system since 1979.


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eras like “Starmania,” her formidable soprano voice has earned numerous international awards, including the prestigious Prix d’Excellence de la Culture from the Quebec Opera Foundation. Yet what impresses critics and audiences alike is Ms. Lord’s extraordinary versatility. ‘Jambalaya’ is truly a gourmet recital, skillfully blending popular and classical music while showcasing her charismatic personality and flawless vocals. The Montreal Gazette’s music critic described Marie-Josee’s stage presence as “spellbinding” and “casting a radiant glow” whenever she performs. The month of March is topped off by Sagapool on Saturday, March 24, bringing a joyful blend of gypsy, jazz,


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