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ARTWORKS Celebrates Creativity in Oriental! 

ArtWorks is one year old! Words of celebration from Carla Fisher.

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed!  We’ve made so many new friends and reunited with past friends! Nothing warms my heart more these days than to hear that someone rekindled their creativity because of experiences at ArtWorks!

Thank you, friends, in Oriental and surrounding communities, for being a part of a successful first year! ArtWorks started with a mission statement with several goals and a distinct focus:

  1. to be a meaningful place for artists and artisans to work in a communal fashion where they could share with each other, learn from each other, interact with the public, and sell their art.
  2. to be a meaningful part of the fabric of our community through partnering with other like-minded organizations and institutions
  3. to be supportive and grow the cultural experiences available in Pamlico County by bringing in artwork from creatives outside the region
  4. establish ArtWorks as a hub in educational resources for residents and the surrounding area by providing demonstrations, talks by master crafters as well as provide local robust instructional classes for individuals to explore their own creativity

Over the course of the past year, ArtWorks strived to fulfill this mission statement.

This year has been fabulous! We are proud of the eight unique exhibitions with artists from the United States, London England, Ukraine, Turkey Canada, Brazil, and France. And we recall the thrill of preparing the first artisan German Christkindlmarkt in the ArtWorks Gallery

We have partnered with other great organizations such as the Pamlico County Arts Council, the Plein Aire Competition in 2021 & 2022, The Woman’s Club (red carpet event for the Violet and Frank Cathers Scholarship for Art), the Inez S. Hargrove Scholarship Winners from Pamlico High School, The Pamlico Music Society, Havelock Middle School, and with PCAS support, ArtWorks brought the Fantastic Plastic Program into our schools in Pamlico County which combines recycling, chemistry, environmental science, and math to encourage student scientists and artists to create together. We joined forces with The Village Gallery, Oriental’s retail establishments, and our restaurants and fellow artists to host the first ArtWalk event within the Village of Oriental in many years. Additional partnerships were enjoyed with the Tourism Board of the Town of Oriental for the Beautify a Bench Contest joined by Pamlico County Schools. ArtWorks proudly hosted four private events and a social Date Night Paint Night with 14 couples and one individual participant.

Each event holds great memories however the celebration of The Circle 10 Exhibit, holds a special place in my heart. The Circle Ten Exhibit highlighted wonderful artists and artisans who paved the way for ArtWorks Oriental through their tenacity as they developed the creative culture in our village for 26 years from five different locations in the past.

We’ve done a lot in this past year, & we have lots of plans for the future!

Thus far we have proudly hosted 47 (and counting) art classes at ArtWorks including but not limited to drawing, painting, printing, jewelry-making, encaustic wax, transfer art, dyeing, weaving, and soon on the agenda; glass. We will also host a newly formed Rugmaker’s Guild called The RugBees.

We welcome visitors to meet our fabulous artists at work in studio spaces and view and purchase art every day of the week except Tuesdays (reserved for art classes). Please consider joining us and your friends at one of our wine and cheese exhibit openings. Also, remember that ArtWorks has an expanded Art Supply Store when you need just the right tools or supplies for your next creative project.

Although ArtWorks will be moving from its present location, please know we want to remain part of Oriental to continue many services with pride. Thank you Oriental and surrounding communities for opening your arms and embracing the mission of ArtWorks! Your continued support-no matter where we land will allow us to continue our mission.  


Carla Fisher: Founder, ArtWorks Oriental 


Finding Zen: Doodle Art & Colored Pencils

Resident Artist: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom will guide you in the process of using doodles and colored pencils to achieve a higher sense of relaxation and well-being.

Experience the practice of drawing with a meditative process. Participation will incorporate creating patterns using fine line ink pens and adding color with pencils and shading techniques. Students will also discover the use of unexpected solvents in their art.

Find your zen through doodle art and gain confidence to advance to a new level in a future class. Materials needed will be supplied for class use. No prior art experience is required.

The class is limited to 8 students.

Tuesday, May 24th,   10:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.
Cost: $40

Register Here


Are you interested in being an artist with ArtWorks? 

Resident Artist and Flex Artist spaces are now available! What does it mean to be an artist at ArtWorks? ArtWorks is a unique place in Oriental. At its heart, it is an affordable place for artists to work where there is not only the communion with other artists to stimulate ideas, challenge each other, collaborate, and grow, but it is also a place where you get to interact directly with the people who would like to buy your work.

We act like a creative co-op here at ArtWorks, but we are not a co-op. Each artist pays a modest amount of monthly rent for their place to work. Each artist shares in greeting visitors to our space and helping them become acquainted with the work by their fellow Resident and Flex Artists, as well as work by artists from literally around the world. We all pitch in to plan, set up, work, and dismantle our events and displays.

While not a requirement, our Resident and Flex Artists often teach classes in their specific medium and retain the lion’s share of the fees for their teaching events.

So what’s the difference between a Resident Artist and a Flex Artist? Time and space. Recognizing that the artist at work is The differentiating product for the public at ArtWorks, our Resident Artists have made a commitment to their personal artist practice and to the group that they will spend at least 20 hours a week working “on display” at ArtWorks. They have a dedicated space to work and sell their art.

Flex Artists also work “on display” at ArtWorks; however, they have committed to working one weekend a month for a collective amount of 10 hours. They are assigned a generously sized locking cabinet to store their supplies and given space to work at their craft when they come. They are also given the opportunity to display a modest amount of work they have for sale.

Still not sure? Here is what one of our Resident Artists has to say about her artistic practice since becoming an artist with ArtWorks:

“I’m honored to be a resident artist at ArtWorks! Having a dedicated studio & retail space has allowed me to grow so much as an artist over the last few months. I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and been exposed to art that inspires me to create,” says Shelly Gayring, Resin Artist.