tree branches with green leaves against the blue sky
“River Walk” by Lisa Bailey

Lisa Tillson Bailey

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young girl stands amid sea oats on darkened dune against rising sun
“Girl on the Beach” by Martha Connolly

Martha Connolly

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CLICK HERE to see a video interview from November with Clayton artist Lisa Tillson Bailey and Wendell artist Martha Connolly.

CLICK HERE to see a video interview from October with Clayton artist Jim Whitfield and artist Jim Brown and his watercolor students, many also from Clayton.

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.

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John McFadden, Martha Connolly, Amy Beshgetoorian, Lisa T. Bailey and Medrith Nuttle (hidden) talk about art at the November meet-the-artists reception at the Clayton Center

Christmas in Clayton coming Dec. 7

2-story house in snow decorated for Christmas
Six homes in Taft Woods West will be featured Dec. 7 in the 2014 Christmas in Clayton Art and Homes Tour, including this one at 64 Covington Court
The popular Christmas in Clayton Art and Home Tour returns Dec. 7 with six fresh homes and nine local artists.

All homes are in Taft Woods West, off Motorcycle Road, which intersects NC 42, 4.5 miles east of Clayton.

Each will be decorated for the holidays, and each will showcase a local artist or artists selling art.

The artists are Laura Padilla Bailey, Amy Beshgetoorian, Carolyn Howard, Jill Hunt, Michael Morrison, Kathleen Nobles, Janie Prete, Sharlene Thomas and Kyle Wilson.

Tickets are $10.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Call for artists for 2015 has closed

Clayton Visual Arts’ call for artists for the 2015 exhibition season at the Clayton Center ended at 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2014.

All artists who applied for an exhibition will be informed of the results on or before Nov. 19.

Contracts will be sent to artists on Dec. 1 and must be returned to Clayton Visual Arts by Dec. 15, 2014.

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, and many other artists.

Meet the nine +1

Nine local artists plus one will exhibit new work Sunday, Nov. 9, at The Nine, a new Flowers Plantation community on East Neuse River Parkway, from 2 to 5 p.m.

All 10 artists are members of Clayton Visual Arts. They are:

* Jo Lee Tucker, acrylic and mixed media
* Nina Schmidt, acrylic
* Janie Prete, watercolor
* Medrith Nuttle, acrylic
* Kathleen Nobles, acrylic
* Michael Morrison, oil
* Jill Hunt, oil
* Carolyn Howard, mixed media
* Amy T. Beshgetoorian, watercolor
* Laura Padilla Bailey, mixed media

The event is free, and everyone is invited. The Nine is east of Clayton, off NC 42.

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.