Eastern North Carolina's premier Hand-Craft Education Center
In the riverside hamlet of Columbia on the Scuppernong,
a town that time has nearly forgotten, there a renaissance of art and culture
taking shape on Main Street. One block from the Town Dock, aromas of jasmine and
rosemary mingle together in Shoe String Alley, the brick-lined path to Pocosin
In the Main Street Gallery, fine art and folk
craft are sold, the hand-made work of students, teachers and mentors. Upstairs,
in the second floor studio, exposed brick walls and lofty ceilings is the stage
set for a hive of creativity. Wheels are turning: potters wheels and spinning
wheels. Hands are muddied and moist with native Tyrrell County clay, heads are
bent over quilted squares, embellishing, in whispers, and hand-carved white
cedar walking canes tap out the stories, today's and yesterday's, told by the
people of the pocosin wetland region about the pocosin way of life.
Pocosin Arts is about collecting these folkways by connecting this indigenous
culture to its natural environment through the interdisciplinary arts process,
glorifying the rich cultural heritage found in eastern North Carolina.
Annual events include the 7000 Juniper Millennium
Forest Tree Planting, The Community Arts Connection artists in
residence in the schools and community.
Throughout the year classes, workshops
and residencies are held in pottery, weaving, spinning, quilting, embellishing,
carving, soap making, glass slumping and fusing, blacksmithing, pit firing,
story telling, ballet, African and Celtic
dancing, story telling and roots music.