6 Art Faire winners in a row--Michael Morrison, Susan Brabeau, Malcolm MacGregor, Katie Probst, Kyle Wilson, Janie Prete
Art Faire winners Michael Morrison, Susan Brabeau, Malcolm MacGregor, Katie Probst, Kyle Wilson, Janie Prete
5 Purchase Award recipients Don Stephenson, Julie Showman, Jo Lee Tucker, Janie Prete, Amy Beshgetoorian
Purchase Award recipients Don Stephenson, Julie Showman, Jo Lee Tucker, Janie Prete, Amy Beshgetoorian; not shown: Heidi Peach
Clayton artists took home four of the six awards in the $1,900 Art Faire competition Thursday, Sept. 4.

It was the 16th annual competition presented by Clayton Visual Arts. The works are on display until Oct. 1 at the Clayton Center.

Winners are:

* Susan Brabeau of Wendell, “Hydrangeas,” oil on board, winner of the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence for Fine Art

* Kyle Wilson of Clayton, “No Hope,” photography, winner of the $750 Award of Excellence for Photography

* Malcolm MacGregor of Garner, “Mystic Morning,” photography, Judges’ Choice Award, $100

* Michael T. Morrison of Clayton, “Summertime in Senigallia,” photography, Judges’ Choice Award, $100

* Janie Prete of Clayton, “Leaving Home,” mixed media, Judges’ Choice Award, $100

* Katie Probst of Clayton, “Bridge Over Neuse River,” Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award, $100, voted on by attendees at reception

CLICK HERE to see the 2014 Art Faire program (PDF, 2 pages), which shows everyone who entered.

four paintings hang at Clayton Center
Brabeau’s winning “Hydrangeas” is in the center
Read story; see more photos


Four paintings hang at Clayton Center
Probst’s winner is top right; Morrison’s, bottom right

CLICK HERE to see a video interview from July with Clayton photographer Mike Shield, several members of Clayton Visual Arts and outgoing president Larry Strevig.

CLICK HERE to see video interviews with other artists who have exhibited at the Clayton Center since February 2012.

CLICK HERE if you are new to Clayton and want to learn about our town.

Plein-air at Horne Square

Join Clayton Visual Arts members this Saturday (9/13), 10 am to 12 noon, and paint outdoors – en plein air.

The Clayton Farmers’ Market also will be at Horne Square, so there will be model and still-life opportunities.

Bring a sketchbook, paints, camera, easel, etc. (Rinse water provided.)

If it’s rainy, we’ll reschedule.

Call for artists

Are you an artist … do you live in Clayton or Johnston County or the Triangle or North Carolina?

Let Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., arrange a month-long exhibition in 2015 of your two-dimensional, hanging art at the stylish gallery of the downtown Clayton Center.

Clayton Visual Arts has been scheduling art exhibitions at the Clayton Center since it opened in 2003. Previous exhibitors have included Janie Prete of Clayton, Eric McRay of Raleigh, Carolyn Howard of Clayton, Lin Frye of Oxford, Doug Strickland of Benson, Zborovan of Apex, Jo Lee Tucker of Four Oaks, the late Dorothy Demboski, the late Walter Day of Clayton, and many other artists.

CLICK HERE for details on how to apply, deadlines, fees, PayPal, and other details.

Send postal inquiries to Clayton Visual Arts, The Exhibits Committee, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, NC 27528.
Send email questions to claytonvisualarts@rocketmail.com

Application deadline: Oct. 31, 2014


August reception

some of crowd at art exhibition
Jackie Balog (in pink with sunglasses on head) talks to visitors at her art exhibition Aug. 7
Art reception visitors listen as one of the two artists exhibition in August talks about her work
Art reception visitors listen as one of the two artists exhibiting in August talks about her work

Officers elected

seven new officers of Clayton Visual Arts standing on stairs
New Clayton Visual Arts officers for 2014-15 are Larry Strevig, past president; Tim Johnson, director; Barbara Nangle, secretary; Jim Hopkins, Son Stephenson, and Jo Lee Tucker, directors; and Amy Beshgetoorian, president; missing are Kathleen Nobles, vice president; and Frank Dziepak, treasurer
Amy Beshgetoorian of Clayton has been elected president of Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., for 2014-2015.

Jim Hopkins and Tim Johnson, also of Clayton, were tapped for the board of directors.

Returning officers are Kathleen Nobles, vice president; Barbara Nangle, secretary; Frank Dziepak, treasurer; Larry Strevig, past president; and board members, Don Stephenson and Jo Lee Tucker. All are from Clayton except Tucker, who lives in Four Oaks.

Officers were elected in June and took office July 1.

Beshgetoorian, a resident of Clayton since 2007, is a watercolorist who returned to art seriously about four or five years ago. Her work was exhibited at the Clayton Center in July 2013.

A native of Virginia, she and her husband have a son and daughter.

She succeeds Larry Strevig of Clayton, who served two different two-year stints.

Clayton Visual Arts is a nonprofit, 501-c-3 corporation dedicated to bringing art to Clayton. It is supported in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.

July reception

artist with his photograph
Mike Shield at July reception

2 men with photo
Frank Dziepak, Larry Strevig talk

Millstock 2014

crowd moves among artist booths at 2014 Millstock
Crowd moves among artist booths at 2014 Millstock
Millstock 2014 brought a cornucopia of art to downtown Clayton and Horne Square June 7.

The main attraction was 36 artists, selling and exhibiting their work, which ranged from paintings and photographs to pottery, jewelry, woodwork and other crafts.

Fresh air and warm temperature (88°) acted as an additional magnet as townspeople took the opportunity to see how another Clayton Visual Arts event “brings art to Clayton.”

Equally compelling for the crowd of about 1,600 was the Sam’s Branch Butterfly booth. There the Clayton Public Art Advisory Board sold wooden butterflies made by Clayton High students in 2013 to decorate the walking trail of Sam’s Branch Greenway.

A lineup of seven local musicians entertained all day, including last year’s Junior Clayton Idol, 10-year-old Abby Branch. The Flipside restaurant, originator of Millstock 14 years ago, also had a music slate that began at noon and lasted into late evening.

The traditional free Children’s Art Booth was a kid-pleaser. Sponsored and run for the third year by the Woman’s Club of Clayton, it was busy the whole day as nearly 100 “Young Picassos” tried their hands at painting.

Millstock’s Chalk It Up chalk art contest claimed the attention of young and old alike. Sidewalk art spread down South Lombard Street, and 26 squares were completed.

Read story


‘Art After Dark’ draws eager crowd

Daniel Nie
Art after Dark, a new series presented by Clayton Visual Arts, debuted May 28 with an evening program by artist/philosopher DANIEL NIE.

About 60 people attended his program at the Wagner House on Main Street, Clayton.

The evening offered heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and conversation about art, Clayton, and other topics. It was followed by a brief summary of Clayton Visual Arts’ history and goals, Nie’s presentation and a question-and-answer period.

Artists and non-artists throughout the area – Clayton, Smithfield, Johnston County, Garner, Raleigh, Wake County, all others – were invited.

Read story



Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., is funded in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Fund.

Email Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.