Jug, George Ellington
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Start your craft exploration of Greenville at East Carolina University, which offers a studio art program emphasizing craft media. Its Wellington B. Gray Gallery features six to eight exhibitions each year along with symposia and lectures by visiting artists and curators. The gallery includes the Dwight M. Holland Ceramics Collection of master works by contemporary international and American ceramists featuring many North Carolina Seagrove area folk potters. Its Lankton Collection of African Art is a group of 240 pieces of masks, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, vessels, musical instruments, ceremonial objects and utilitarian items. The gallery's unique collection of Baltic ceramics features contemporary pieces from artists in Russia and Estonia.
A five-minute walk brings you to the Emerge Gallery and Arts Center, which serves as Pitt County's provisional arts council. It features three main gallery spaces as well as a full art center including a pottery facility with 13 potter's wheels, a metalsmithing studio, photography classroom and two general classrooms. Emerge's Sales Gallery features work from local and ECU artists ranging from ceramics, jewelry, painting, wood design, textiles, sculpture and more. The Emerge Friday Night Live Series offers an event every Friday night including the performing arts, film, literary and visual arts events.
A one-hour drive from Greenville brings you to downtown Rocky Mount, where the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences houses an arts center, children's museum and science center, and community performing arts theater. The arts center's permanent collection includes more than 300 works by artists primarily from N.C. and the Southeast, including basket maker Billie Ruth Sudduth and ceramists like Ben Owen, Sr., Mark Hewitt and Cynthia Bringle. Exhibitions throughout the year feature jewelry, furniture, wood, fiber, glass and metal. The Imperial Centre itself reflects the heritage of the region, occupying the combined former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old Braswell Memorial Library.
Plan your visit with information on lodging, dining and other activities found at the Nash County Visitors Bureau, Visit Greenville and VisitNC.com.