January 5th’s Meet the Artist Reception was exciting!

Not only did it showcase the Woman’s Club of Clayton Student Art Show winners, featuring Clayton-area Middle and High School students, but Clayton Visual Arts also presented  the 2nd Annual Dorothy Demboski Art Teacher Assistance 2017 Grants!

Three local art teachers were awarded the second annual Dorothy Demboski Art Teacher Assistance Grants of up to $350 each from Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.
They are Charlene Bowling of Cleveland High, Karin Chmelo of East Clayton Elementary and Ashley Blevins of Riverwood Elementary.

Also at the reception, gifts of $150 were presented to art teachers to promote art education at each of 14 Clayton-area schools. All art teachers at the schools were invited to apply for grants.
The grants and gifts were funded by the annual Christmas in Clayton Art and Homes Tour, produced this year at Portofino Equine Community by Clayton Visual Arts.
Dorothy Demboski Grants are named for the late Clayton artist who painted the mural, “Clayton Patchwork,” which is featured at the Clayton Center. She was also a president of Clayton Visual Arts and retired here after an award-winning career as an artist, designer and teacher.

  • Bowling’s grant, titled “ALIVE in Johnston County,” will use art by naturalist John James Audubon to initiate study of local plants and wildlife. Students will conclude their study by creating art depicting local wildlife. About 200 students will participate.
  • Chmelo’s grant, “Drip, Splatter and Pour!” will focus on the rule-breaking drip-splatter-pour techniques of abstract artist Jackson Pollock, as fifth-graders encounter a new way to look at and appreciate art. About 100 students will be involved.
  • Blevins’ grant, “Claes Oldenburg Donuts,” will use sculpture to introduce second- and third-graders, plus EC/autism students, to Oldenburg’s unique talent, which led him to take everyday objects—like donuts—and use them as inspiration to create outsized sculptures. About 180 students will try their hands at sculpting.

The 14 schools served by the grants and gifts are Archer Lodge Middle, Clayton High, Clayton Middle, Cleveland High, Cooper Elementary, Corinth Holders High, Corinth Holders Elementary, East Clayton Elementary, Powhatan Elementary, River Dell Elementary, Riverwood Middle, Riverwood Elementary, West Clayton Elementary and West Johnston High.
Four Demboski Grants were presented in 2016, the first year. In 2015, gifts of $75 each were presented to the 14 schools’ art departments.

Promoting art in the schools is part of Clayton Visual Arts’ mission of “bringing art to Clayton.”

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