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Congratulations and special thanks to all that participated at Clayton’s 18th Annual Art Faire Competition ….

Eleven awards totaling $2,100 were presented in two categories — fine arts (all 2-D media) and photography.

A very special “Thank You” to all that participated at The 18th Annual Clayton Art Faire this past Thursday September 8th.  This wonderful FREE Event  supports our talented local artists!

51 artists showing fine arts in all 2D media plus fine art photography on display through October.

Six Clayton artists, including one of two top winners, took home ribbons and cash at Thursday night’s Art Faire awards reception at the Clayton Center.

Fifty-one artists entered the competition, and 33 were from Clayton. Judges were Joseph DiGiulio  of Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh, fine art, and Gerard Lange of Barton College, Wilson, photography. Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod presented the awards.

$750 Prize Winners…

  • Photographer Andrew Levengood  of Clayton won the $750 Award of Excellence for Photography with his entry, “Grand Central Station, New York City.” It was his first time to enter the competition.
  • A Wendell artist, Susan Brabeau, won the other top prize, the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence for Fine Art. Her entry was “Family Garden,” an oil painting on linen. It is Brabeau’s third time to win this award. The award honors the late Margaret Ritchie, who was a founder and president of Clayton Visual Arts. She was also editor of the Clayton News-Star from 1999-2007.

Three Judges’ Choice awards of $100 each were presented, and two went to Clayton residents…

  • Janie Prete  won for “Tree at Old Seneca,” a mixed media work (previous Art Faire award winner).
  • Chris Roberts won for “Buffalo Road, 2.0,” a pen and ink drawing (previous Art Faire award winner).
  • Sandra Blake of Raleigh for her photograph, “Convergence.”

An inaugural HomeTowne Award of $100, sponsored by James Lipscomb of HomeTowne Realty…

  • Cathy Spivey Mendola of Clayton for her fiber art wall-hanging, “12 Months of Buddha.”

The HomeTowne Award celebrates local art talent, and only Clayton residents or members of Clayton Visual Arts were eligible. Thirty-three entrants were eligible.

Four Honorable Mention Awards, each a $25 gift card from either Jerry’s Artarama (3) or Peace Camera, were presented, two from Clayton. Winners were…

  • Cheryl McCardle of Clayton, “A Walk in the Parke,” an acrylic abstract.
  • Kyle Wilson of Clayton, “Eagle Rock House at Sunset,” a photograph.
  • Jacqueline Balog  of Willow Spring “Morning Serenity,” a mixed media piece.
  • Mary Doherty of Raleigh, “3 Nests,” a photograph.

The Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award, voted on by all those who attended the reception…

  • Susan Brabeau of Wendell, a repeat winner of the People’s Choice. It honors the late Mrs. Chance, who was a 12-year member of Clayton Visual Arts.

Purchase Awards…

Bought by Suzette Rodriguez of Johnston Health and Mike Rodriquez of Novo Nordisk.

  • “Tumbledown Charm” by Amy Beshgetoorian, watercolor
  • “3 Nests” bt Mary Doherty (also winner of n Honorable Mention $25 gift card from Peace Camera)
Art Faire Winner 2016 – Art Faire winners are (from left) Jacqueline Balog of Willow Spring, Chris Roberts of Clayton, Sandra Blake of Raleigh, and Kyle Wilson, Andrew Levengood, Janie Prete, Cathy Mendola, Amy Beshgetoorian, and Cheryl McCardle, all of Clayton.
Art Faire Winner 2016 - Art Faire winners are (from left) Jacqueline Balog of Willow Spring, Chris Roberts of Clayton, Sandra Blake of Raleigh, and Kyle Wilson, Andrew Levengood, Janie Prete, Cathy Mendola, Amy Beshgetoorian, and Cheryl McCardle, all of Clayton.

Refreshments were provided by the Woman’s Club of Clayton. About 150 people attended the event.

If you missed the event, artwork will remain on display at The Clayton Center through October!!!

Learn more about the Art Faire here!

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