Student Arts Festival

January’s art exhibit at the Clayton Center, the first of 2012, gives viewers a wide choice of work to enjoy.

All the art is local, ranging from student art—high school and middle school—to work by members of Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.

The student art represents entries in the annual Woman’s Club of Clayton Clubwomen and Student Art Festival.

Students from six local schools—Clayton High School, West Johnston High, Cleveland High, Corinth-Holder High, Clayton Middle School and Riverwood Middle—have entered about 75 pieces

First, second, and third place winners will be picked in three categories—arts, crafts and photography. A student performing arts competition (music, drama, public speaking) is also part of the festival.

The top student winners will receive a cash prize of $20 in each category and a certificate. Second and third place winners will receive certificates and ribbons.

Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod has proclaimed January “Youth Art Month” and will award the student prizes Jan. 5 at a reception in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.

First-place works by students and clubwomen will advance to Woman’s Club district competition on Feb. 18 here in Clayton. It will be hosted by the Woman’s Club of Clayton.

Those placing first in district will advance to state competition at Campbell Universityin Buies Creek March 9-10.

Student works will hang Jan. 2-6.