2012 Art Faire crowd awaits announcement of competition winners

Art Faire CLOSED to entries

Come see 51 fabulous pieces of art Sept. 5

EVERYONE is invited to the ART FAIRE reception – CLICK HERE to see the invitation.

Clayton artists have again stepped up to show their talent – 29 of the 51 entrants in the 15th annual, 2013 Art Faire competition are from the town.

They are Dawn Bagley, Amy T. Beshgetoorian, Nancy Burgart, Deborah Coates, Amy E. Devereaux, Wayne S. Dockery, Frank Dziepak, Michael Eason, John W. Farr IV, Nancy Guss,

Angela Hardison, Jeff Horton, Carolyn Howard, Stephanie Lanzolla, June Lioret, John P. McFadden, Brooke Meyer, Michael T. Morrison, Kathleen Nobles,

Larry L. Pendry, Janie Prete, Elaine Reese, Christopher Roberts, Faye S. Robinson, Mike Shield, Peggy Smallwood, Don W. Stephenson, Jim Whitfield, and Michelle Young.

Art Faire awards will be announced and presented Sept. 5 by Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod at a meet-the-artists reception. The event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clayton Center, and EVERYONE is invited – children, too. Dress is casual. The reception is sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Clayton.

A total of $1,900 will be presented. Two major awards, worth $750 each, are the Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence in fine art and the Award of Excellence in photography.

Three Judge’s Choice ribbons of $100 each will be given. The Sunnie Chance People’s Choice award of $100 will be voted on by those who attend the reception, so plan to attend and vote for your favorite. The competition is sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.

All entries will be on exhibit in the Clayton Center during the month of September.

Total entries were limited to the first 51 received, due to space considerations at the Clayton Center Gallery – only one entry per person.

Fine art entries will be accepted in all 2-D media, plus graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage, fiber arts. There will be a separate photography category.

All area artists are invited to enter. Entrants must be age 18 or older and do not have to be residents of Clayton.

Reception-goer inspects 2012 winner ‘Crazy Shoes’

Deadline to enter was Aug. 28, and the contest is CLOSED; art delivery date is Sept. 3.

Judges for 2013 will be Judy Crane of Raleigh, fine art, and John Stanton of Cary, photography.

Crane has worked as a professional artist for more than 30 years and maintains a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. Today she concentrates on oil painting but has worked in watercolor and pastel. Believing that art is a life-long journey, she continues to study, experiment and grow in her work.

Her works are held in numerous corporate and private collections, including SAS Institute, Duke University, Progress Energy and UNC Hospitals. She shares her talents by teaching both studio and plein air workshops and has made a successful teaching DVD.

Stanton has pursued photography in a number of different areas. He was a photographer’s mate in the U.S. Navy and later was a photographic illustrator at the world’s largest commercial studio. He worked for The Eastman Kodak Co. and presented more than 500 programs in 28 different countries.

He earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman with the Professional Photographers of America and is a fellow with the American Society of Photographers and the British Institute of Photography. His work continues to evolve. He finds digital photography in all its aspects opens many new creative doors and, as well, it keeps him young.

2012 winners Rhonda Peters, Christopher Roberts, Susan Brabeau, Jeff Horton, Carolyn Howard

All the winners from 2012 are back to defend their awards. They are Susan Brabeau of Wendell, $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence for fine art; Rhonda Peters of Goldsboro, $750 Award of Excellence for photography; and Jeff Horton, Carolyn Howard and Christopher Roberts, all of Clayton, Judge’s Choice awards of $100 each. The People’s Choice Award of $25, determined by audience voting at the reception, went to Lin Frye of Oxford. There were 63 entries.

Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to “bringing art to Clayton.” It was founded in 1999 and is supported in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Fund.

Click here to view a PDF of the 2013 Art Faire brochure.