Mike Shield & CVA artists

Ferris wheel with lights
‘Ferris Wheel’ by Mike Shield

rock wall in the fog
‘Rock Wall’ by Mike Shield

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Also part of the month’s exhibition are works by artist-members of Clayton Visual Arts, all from Clayton or the surrounding area.

Included are Michael Morrison, Janie Prete, Carolyn Howard, Don Stephenson, Francine Stephenson, Medrith Nuttle, Amy Beshgetorian, Michael Mackin, John Farr, Tim Johnson, Frank Dziepak, Kathy Nobles and Heidi-Lee Peach.

CLICK HERE to see a video interview from June with Apex artist ZbOROVAN about his recent exhibition.

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

July reception

artist with his photograph
Mike Shield at July reception

2 men with photo
Frank Dziepak, Larry Strevig talk


Portrait session planned

Carolyn Howard
Award-winning artist Carolyn Howard of Clayton will draw her famous 15-minute charcoal portraits July 19 at Eye of the Eagle gallery, 131 E. First St.

The downtown event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and portraits are $15 each.

A free movie will play while patrons wait for their portraits, and Popcorn Shanty’s gourmet popcor, plus soft drinks will be on sale. This is a great opportunity to watch an artist at work and meet her. For more information, email Bonnie or call her at 919-585-2461.

Howard won Judge’s Choice awards at the 2013 and 2012 Art Faires, both for mixed-media work. She has won numerous awards in North Carolina and the Southeast during her career.

She was a participating artist at Millstock in June and drew children’s portraits during the event.


16th annual ART FAIRE coming in September

All area artists are invited to enter Clayton’s 16th annual Art Faire competition, coming in September.

Six awards totaling $1,900 will be presented in two categories — fine arts and photography. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 26, 2014; art delivery date is Sept. 2. The exhibition of all works entered will run the entire month of September at The Clayton Center.

Entry fee is $35, or $25 for members of Clayton Visual Arts.

A meet-the-artists reception will be held Sept. 4.

CLICK HERE for a 2014 ART FAIRE brochure/ entry form.

Click on “Read Story,” just below, for details on the competition, PayPal for the entry fee and a 2nd link to the Art Faire brochure.

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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.

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‘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.

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

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