We Have Winners!

Winners of Clayton’s 17th annual Art Faire competition were revealed Thursday, Sept. 3, at a meet-the-artists reception at the Clayton Center.

They are:
  • * Susan Brabeau of Wendell, “Sidewalk Checkers,” oil, winner of the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence for Fine Art
  • * Kyle Wilson of Clayton, “The Day That Never Comes,” photography, winner of the $750 Award of Excellence for Photography
  • * Jan Leitschuh of Southern Pines, “Betwixt,” oil, Judges’ Choice Award, $100
  • * Ray LaMantia of Siler City, “Watching and Waiting,” oil on canvas, Judges’ Choice Award, $100
  • * Eric Schreffler of Goldsboro, “Kid,” airbrush, Judges’ Choice Award, $100
  • * Jacqueline Balog of Willow Spring, “Elegance on the Wind,” colored pencil, Honorable Mention ribbon.
  • * Shannon O’Shea of Raleigh, “Family Affair,” wood-burning, Honorable Mention ribbon.
  • * Susan Brabeau also won the Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award of $100, voted on by attendees at the reception for her “Sidewalk Checkers.”

CLICK HERE to see the 2015 Art Faire program (PDF, 2 pages), which shows everyone who entered.

Awards were presented by Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod.

The Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award was presented by Steve Chance, widower of Sunnie. She was an artist and long-time member of both Clayton Visual Arts and the Woman’s Club of Clayton. She died in 2012.

The late Margaret Ritchie was an artist and founder of Clayton Visual Arts. She led the group during 1999-2007. She was editor of the Clayton News-Star and died in 2009.

The reception was presented by the Woman’s Club of Clayton.

A total of $1,900 was presented in two categories – fine arts and photography.

The top two entries were the $750 Awards of Excellence. Three Judge’s Choice awards were presented to the best of the rest. Two Honorable Mention ribbons were given for the first time at the judges’ request.

Judges for 2015 were: Fine Arts – ZOE STARLING, curator of education at NCSU’s Gregg Museum; and Photography – DENISE DICKENS, public art and exhibition supervisor since 2006 for the town of Cary. Starling has judged the NC Senior Games Art Festival for the past eight years. She has an M.A. in arts administration from New York University. Dickens oversees art selection at six town venues. She has a B.A. in art history and painting from UNC-Asheville.

Audience members participated in choosing the winner of the Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award. Ballots were handed out at the door, and spectators were asked to vote for the piece of art they liked best.

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