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Dec. 4th – Six homes! 15 artists!

The popular CHRISTMAS IN CLAYTON Art and Home Tour, slated Sunday, Dec. 4, comes to Portofino this fifth year and features six stately homes and 15 local artists.

Art & Home Tour At Portofino

These are eye catching homes, and if you’ve ever wondered what the interiors were like, now you can see.

All 15 artists are award-winners and offer a variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraits to abstracts to still-life and more. All works are for sale.


Tickets are $10, and advance purchase is urged.

Tour hours are 3-7 p.m. This is a rain-or-shine event.

The homes are:

The Piazza at Portofino (clubhouse), 25 Paraggi Court – tour headquarters and home of this year’s new Clayton Visual Arts art bazaar.

  • Upperman residence, 182 Paraggi Court
  • Harris residence, 210 Paraggi Court
  • Mendola residence, 232 Paraggi Court
  • Thompson residence, 203 Portofino Drive
  • Bosick residence, 215 Sicily Drive
  • Snead residence, 265 Ventasso Drive

Each will be decked in holiday finery. The Portofino Equestrian Center will also be open to ticket-holding visitors. In addition to Christmas cheer, each home and elegant barn will feature local artists with artwork on display that can also be purchased.

Artists in the homes are:

  • Deborah Coates, Photography, Clayton
  • Krissy Crittenden, Painting, Clayton
  • Bronwen Fullington, Weaving, Clayton
  • Catherine Donleycott, Painting, Clayton
  • Jim Hopkins, Woodworking, Clayton
  • Cathy Spivey Mendola, Jewelry, Clayton
  • Michael Morrison, Painting, Clayton
  • Kathy Nobles, Painting, Clayton
  • Medrith Nuttle, Painting, Zebulon
  • Heidi Peach, Painting, Clayton
  • Janie Prete, Painting, Clayton
  • Bill Rice, Silversmith
  • Sharlene Thomas, Decorated Eggs
  • Jo Lee Tucker, Painting, Four Oaks
  • Kyle Wilson, Photography, Clayton

Learn more about the event and purchase tickets online here.

Proceeds from this fundraising event by Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., will be used for the new Dorothy Demboski Teacher Assistance Grants.

The program honors late Clayton artist Demboski, who was president of Clayton Visual Arts during 2009-11. In her career, she taught many design and painting workshops, founded a successful artists’ cooperative in West Virginia, and served as faculty in the Art Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, as well as at The Art Institute of Chicago.

All Clayton area art teachers were offered the opportunity to apply for an annual grant of up to $350 this year, which can be used to buy art supplies or other materials for their classrooms. The grants went to Powhatan Elementary, Cooper Elementary, Corinth-Holders High School, and Cleveland High School. This year, CVA has increased the amount to $350 and hopes to award even more grants depending on ticket sales for the Art & Home Tour. CVA recognizes the need to support student art as funding continues to be cut from school budgets.

Grant recipients will be announced in January.

Clayton Visual Arts is dedicated to “bringing art to Clayton.” In addition to Christmas in Clayton, the group produces Art Faire, a yearly, $1,900 art competition in September; Mondo Roots, a summer arts and music festival; monthly art exhibitions and receptions at the Clayton Center; a biennial Poster Contest; and other art events.

The organization is open to anyone interested in art or promoting art. Prospective members do not have to be an artist to join.

To learn more or sign up to become a member visit our member page here.

Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) corporation founded in 1999. It is funded in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Fund.

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