ocean waves at sea topped by whitecaps
“Ocean Waves” by Jim Whitfield

Jim Whitfield

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ugly yellow-orange pumpkin marred by brown warts
‘Warty Pumpkin’ by Betsy Williams

Local watercolor class

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A meet-the-artists reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clayton Center, where the exhibition is hanging. EVERYONE is invited – kids, too! It’s free, dress is casual, and light refreshments will be served.
CLICK HERE to see the invitation.

CLICK HERE to see a video interview from August with Clayton artist-photographer Deborah Coates and artist Jacqueline Balog of Willow Spring, who works in colored pencils.

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.


Call for artists for 2015

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

Art Faire winners revealed

6 Art Faire winners in a row--Michael Morrison, Susan Brabeau, Malcolm MacGregor, Katie Probst, Kyle Wilson, Janie Prete
Art Faire winners Michael Morrison (left rear), Susan Brabeau, Malcolm MacGregor, Katie Probst, Kyle Wilson, Janie Prete
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, Inc. Winners were:

* 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.

For the first time, Purchase Awards were part of the event. HomeTowne Realty – Tina Barletta Team, Johnston Health, Kirkwood Builders, and Novo Nordisk purchased works by Amy Beshgetoorian, Heidi Lee Peach, Janie Prete, Julie Showman, and Don Stephenson, all of Clayton, and Jo Lee Tucker of Four Oaks.

CLICK HERE to see the 2014 Art Faire program (PDF, 2 pages), which lists everyone who entered. Read story. See more photos


Officers elected

seven new officers of Clayton Visual Arts standing on stairs
New Clayton Visual Arts officers for 2014-15 are (from left) Larry Strevig, past president; Tim Johnson, director; Barbara Nangle, secretary; Jim Hopkins, Don 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.

August reception

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Jackie Balog (in pink with sunglasses on head) talks to visitors at her art exhibition Aug. 7

July reception

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Mike Shield at July reception

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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 Stephens. 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.

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

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