About Us

The quality you’ll find in our gallery and studios is matched only by our commitment to share our love of art and our skills with the community.

Community Artists Gallery & Studios

New Bern, North Carolina, is the home of our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, art-enriching community of talented artists. CAGS inspires positive community impact through art. Founded in 2014, today we’re an all-volunteer enterprise.

Inside photo of CAGS
Display with woven goods and paintings

Our Goals

The top priority of the Community Artists Gallery & Studios is support and opportunity for artists: maintaining affordable, accessible exhibition and studio space open to both the developing and the experienced artist. Our goals:

  • Maintain and enhance gallery and studio experience for artists;
  • Develop artist-to-artist mentoring activities;
  • Explore innovative, relevant ways to connect the community with art and with creative cultural experiences;
  • Build membership through branding and promotion.​

Our Community

We’re deeply committed to sponsoring enlightening programs and participating in New Bern’s many cultural events throughout the year. We love sharing our enthusiasm for art with others, and offering outlets for creativity to diverse participants.

Community Artists Gallery & Studios regularly participates in joint cultural ventures such as the city’s monthly ArtWalk, connecting many different art venues and attracting residents and tourists alike.

CAGS also holds classes and workshops for paying and scholarship students.

Inside CAGS
Gallery artists posing on stairs

Our Artists

Community Artists Gallery & Studios is more than a gallery, it serves as a “home away from home” for makers of art. It provides not only space, but also inspiration, constructive feedback on work, and opportunities to present finished work to the buying public. The eclecticism of the Center provides exciting opportunities for a cross-fertilization of ideas, as well as inspiration, validation, mentoring, exposure, sales, and growth.

Here, working artists who have not yet achieved wide recognition display and sell their work, building their experience and reputations. Thus, the Gallery contributes to local prosperity by providing a modest income for artists. The gallery’s commission (20%) on sales of art is held below the usual. That encourages sales and maximize artist revenues. With such comparatively low price points, Community Artists Gallery & Studios is a community resource, allowing access to the ownership of original art.

The individual artists represented here may change and, in fact, are congratulated when they may “graduate” to their own individual studios or to a solo exhibition, thanks to a head start with Community Artists Gallery & Studios.

Please contact us if you have a need or an idea that our cooperative might be able to assist with.