After a break made necessary by the pandemic, the Great Tarboro Art Bazaar returns to the historic Blount-Bridgers House and Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery under the auspices of a new organization.
The Bazaar, an annual exhibition and sale of original works of art and crafts by local and regional artists and artisans, kicks off with an opening reception and 5:30 p.m. preview evening at 7:30 p.m. on November 4 and continues through November 30. It opens to the public on November 5.
This will be the first year that the show will be held under the Tarboro Edgecombe Public Arts Commission, which was formed in December 2020. The commission is jointly supported by the City of Tarboro and County of Edgecombe after the two entities withdrew from the support of the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Board.
The exhibit features a variety of original works including paintings, drawings, prints, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, woodwork, baskets, ornaments and other decorative arts available for purchase before Christmas shopping season.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Commission Friends of the Arts Fund, which directly supports arts events and programming in Tarboro and Edgecombe County.
At the opening reception, attendees will enjoy hearty appetizers and drinks, meet and greet participating artists, and have the first opportunity to purchase items in the bazaar, before it opens to the public the next day. .
Entrance to the reception is free for participating artists. A donation of $ 10 is requested from the general public and a donation of $ 5 is requested from supporters of the Friends of the Arts fund.
The house is located at 130 Bridgers St. in Tarboro and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Group tours and tours outside normal opening hours can be scheduled by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and encouraged.