Benita VanWinkle

‘Yancey Theater in Burnsville, N.C.,’ by Benita VanWinkle
Photographer Benita VanWinkle has been crisscrossing the United States for more than 30 years, searching back roads and farming communities to document hometown movie theaters built before 1965.

Her collection, entitled “Please Remain Standing,” includes more than 50 movie houses in North Carolina. The title is a nod to her hometown theater, where the manager always announced, ‘Please remain standing for our National Anthem,’ before every show and turned on the house lights if a customer did not comply.

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MILLSTOCK’15 brings a throng

Artists’ tents line Main Street at Millstock’15
A local crowd turned out June 6 for artists and music in downtown Clayton.

Main Street was closed for the event – from Smith to Barbour Street – and 48 artists were selling their work.

Bombadil headlined the music lineup. Other bands/musicians include Paleface, Rebekah Todd, and Bruce Naegelen. The stage was be at Horne Square, in the center of downtown.

Millstock’15 also included:

* Chalk It Up, a sidewalk chalk art contest for both adults and children, free to enter & cash prizes offered
* Pint-Sized Picassos, a free children’s drawing booth, sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Clayton, where kids can create their own watercolor art
* The Clayton Community and Farmers’ Market
* Food trucks
* Locally made beers from Deep River Brewery
* Live performance art by Cirque de Vol Studios.

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‘Paint the Town reception’

‘Paint the Town’ winners – Ian Parekh, 7, for his father, Tesh; Amy Beshgetoorian (c); Lisa Bailey

Young Ian Parekh receives his dad’s award from Mayor Jody McLeod

Amy Beshgetoorian loves the news of her award from Mayor Jody McLeod

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.