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A Letter From The President

Greetings Fellow Artists and Art Lovers!!

It is my sincere pleasure to begin this journey with you as your incoming CVA President. I appreciate your vote of confidence and look forward to continuing the great traditions of this organization.

I want to personally thank our former officers: Amy Beshgetoorian, President; Deborah Coates, Vice President; Jill Hunt, Secretary; and Kathy Noble, Treasurer. Each and every one served their position with true dedication. I would also like to welcome the new team of officers who will be assisting me with meeting the objectives of CVA. Please welcome: Vicky Toth, Vice President; Andrew Levengood, Secretary; and Krissy Crittenden, Treasurer.

The overall mission of CVA is to “Bring Art to Clayton”.  Well, as a recent transplant from a large metropolitan area, I have witnessed that little Clayton is filled with art and artists that could rival any large town! There are breathtaking acrylics, delicately painted photographs, and masterful woodworks displayed in The Clayton Center and even around town. So, the art is here. On this journey, we will continue to create opportunities for ALL to be able to see it, learn from it, and perhaps make it.

– Princess Hester

Member Happenings

Don't miss Art Faire 2017!

CVA’s 19th annual Clayton Art Faire is 1st Juried Clayton Art Faire

The artist call is now live on CVA’s website, with entry deadline August 21st!

Prizes include $1,950 in cash awards, with top prize of $750, in memory of CVA founder Margaret Ritchie. Honorable mentions for fine art and photography will receive gift certificates from Jerry’s Artarama and Peace Camera, respectively. The $100 Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award as well as the $100 HomeTowne Award from HomeTowne Realty will be awarded. Reception and awards will take place September 7, 6pm-7:30pm.

Learn all the details here!

Several art exhibit opportunities offered by Town of Cary

Deadline to enter is August 1st!

The Town of Cary is accepting applications from artists interested in displaying artwork in one of their many venues.

Learn all the details through their website.

Clayton Steakhouse features photographer Ben Chadwick

Ben Chadwick Photography 

Photographer Ben Chadwick will have several of his photos on display at Clayton Steakhouse beginning July 22nd.

Check out Ben’s work at his website,

Skylines Cafe features artwork by Andrew Levengood

Photography by Andrew Levengood 

Enjoy Andrew’s very special photographic achievements while enjoying a meal at Skyline’s Café. His specialty is recreating Old-Hollywood black and white portraits.



Simoan Leonard, featured artist at Hocutt-Ellington Library

Artwork by Simoan Leonard 

View artwork by Simoan Leonard at Hocutt-Ellington Library in Clayton.

Visit her website here.


Heidi Peach is part of WSNC exhibit in Apex

WSNC celebrates 45 years!

CVA artist, Heidi-Lee Peach, has entered two pieces in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s Effervescent show at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex. The show runs from July 28-September 1st, with FREE opening reception Friday the 28th.

Scroll down at this link to learn more.

Peach also has her artwork on display at the Clayton Bakery and the Oncology Center in the Smithfield Medical Mall.

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