July 15th, 2016


ART105: The Overland Gallery at 125 W. Blount Street is evolving and growing just steps away into ART105 at 105 W. Blount to serve as studios and sales centers for visual artists.

Formerly the NAPA auto store, phase I of the project has been transformed into 13 spaces for artists to make and market their works. The transformation is being overseen by Cynthia Dunn, proprietor of Overland Gallery, and husband architect Michael Dunn, one of the owners of the 105 building with Ely Perry III. The Dunns view July and August as a "soft" opening for the new space.

The spaces within the 2,200 square feet have already been booked by painters, photographers, a fabric artist, a printmaker, a muralist, and a potter. Artists from the Overland space-Bruce Ziegler, Carolyn Fletcher, Mary Page Whitley and Ms. Dunn-will share space devoted to their work.

Cultural advocates, led by Ms. Dunn, are campaigning to designate the stretch of West Blount Street from Queen Street to Mitchell Street, an area which includes the Community Council for the Arts, huge earthcast sculptures called "Flue" by artist Thomas Sayre, and a planned sculpture honoring the memory of artist Joel Smith as Avenue of the Arts.


Kinston artist Carolyn Fletcher looks over some of her paintings which she's offering for sale within the new ART105, 13 new arts studio spaces prepared by Architect Michael Dunn and co-owner Ely Perry at 105 W. Blount Street.

Inset: Cynthia Dunn who has been artist/director of the Overland Gallery at 125 W. Blount Street is moving with other artists into ART105. She and other cultural advocates are promoting most of W. Blount Street as an Avenue of the Arts.


Despite the heat, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band drew a large crowd to Pearson Park July 14 as the 4th concert of the 2016 Sand in the Street series.

Before the two hour show was over, a refreshing breeze over the Neuse River had a cooling effect for the enthusiastic crowds who chanted "ENCORE" "ENCORE" as the scheduled 2-hour performance came to an end.

Emcee Rick Vernon noted that the audience contained large numbers of people from the region beyond Lenoir County. He introduced representatives of the two event sponsors: Nathan Perry who spoke for Perry Management; and Joe Hargitt who welcomed the audience on behalf of King's Restaurant. Audience members applauded all the corporate sponsors for Sand in the Streets as their names were called.

A dripping Jim Quick, noted for animated performances, joked that "I lost 50 pounds during this show," after the concert ended.

Jim Quick delivers to the enjoyment of the crowds attending the July 14 Sand in the Streets concert in Kinston's Pearson Park.

Inset: Concert sponsors flank emcee Rick Vernon getting ready to open the Jim Quick and the Coastline Band Sand in the Streets performance: left Joe Hargitt of Kings Restaurant, Vernon and Nathan Perry of Perry Management.

January 26th, 2016


Downtown Kinston Small Business Incubator offers spaces for lease with shared receptionist and lobby.

Call 252-525-6144.

Enticing new investors

Pride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.317 - 321 N. Queen Street

A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.

A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.

The current listing includes:
109 S. Queen Street
317 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street


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