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A Letter From The President

Welcome, new CVA board members and officers!

CVA has a whole new set of officers for the 2017-18 fiscal year!

Our new President is newly-elected Board Member, Princess Hester. Princess is an Army veteran who has recently retired from working as a TV producer for the Defense Department. Her creative passion is photography and she has a show at The Clayton Center coming up in August.

Our new Vice President is Vicky Toth, who has donated numerous hours, (along with her husband Steve Toth), to building and maintaining the CVA website. She and her husband are owners of Clayton NC Web Design & DropLine Design, creating websites for a wide variety of clients, as well as managing their social media. She will be managing CVA’s growing membership.

Newly-elected Board Member, Andrew Levengood, will serve as CVA’s new secretary. Andrew recreates movie star photography from Hollywood’s Gilded Age in his home studio. He was the photography winner at last year’s Art Faire. Andrew will be keeping meeting minutes and redirecting emails.

CVA’s new Treasurer is Kristin (Krissy) Crittenden. This very important job needs no explanation. CVA will most likely be investing in some software to help make this job easier and to keep up with the growth of this organization. Krissy is a watercolor artist and winner of this year’s Paint the Town competition.

Many thanks go out to former VP Deborah Coates, Secretary Jill Hunt, and Treasurer Kathy Nobles. You have all served with great dedication and a genuine interest in CVA’s success.

I am glad to hand over my position as President to Princess Hester, as it is time for CVA to write a new chapter. With such a talented team of Officers and Board Members, CVA’s positive impact on Clayton can only continue to blossom. I look forward to continuing to serve Clayton Visual Arts from behind the scenes. I am abundantly grateful for the ways in which the past three years have grown me both as a person and an artist.

-Amy Beshgetoorian

Member Happenings

Mondo Roots Cultural Arts & Music Festival

The second annual edition of Mondo Roots was a record-breaking event, bringing at least 4,000 visitors to Town Square on June 3rd.

This free festival was filled with fantastic music, artist vendors, art competitions and activities, food trucks, and much more.

View the Demboski Grant projects by local schools

CVA Art Grant projects by Cleveland High, Riverwood Elementary, and East Clayton Elementary Schools

CVA awarded three area schools $350 each in the form of the Dorothy Demboski Teacher Assistant Grant. The purpose of these grants is to fund supplies for special art projects. These grants are funded by CVA’s annual Christmas in Clayton Art and Home Tour. Fourteen area public schools, including the grant recipients, also received $150 each for art supplies.

Led by Charlene Bowling, Cleveland High School’s project was “ALIVE in Johnston County”, featuring local flora and fauna. 24 AP Environmental Science students studied work by John James Audubon and Charley Harper.

The lesson objective was to…

  1. (1) Create a 2D mixed media (watercolor and ink) artwork with Johnston County plants and animals as subjects
  2. (2) unify the composition by repeating images and elements within the central area and border design
  3. (3) use color as emphasis within the central area, but limit the border design to black & white, creating contrast.

Ashley Blevins led Riverwood Elementary 2nd and 3rd graders in a study of American sculptor, Claes Oldenburg.

The students made donuts out of clay, following this sculptor who began his career by making everyday objects out of clay, paper mache, and fabric. Students from the EC and Autism classrooms were included in this project.

Karin Chmelo of East Clayton Elementary led her 5th graders in a study of Jackson Pollock’s spontaneous abstract splatter art.

The grant was used to purchase several small canvases and paint for this collaborative project. This project has been an annual event that ECES fifth graders look forward to in marking their end of elementary school.

Clayton Steakhouse features Lauree Colpetzer

Artwork by Lauree Colpetzer

See artwork by Lauree Colpetzer while enjoying a meal at Clayton Steakhouse. Lauree’s truly unique form of mixed media artwork will surely make you smile.

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.



Don Stephenson, featured artist at Hocutt-Ellington Library

Don Stephenson watercolors

View artwork by Don Stephenson at Hocutt-Ellington Library in Clayton.

don-stephenson-bridge1-628x400Covered Bridge by Don Stephenson

Don't forget to follow CVA on social media!

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Call to Artists: Campell House Galleries

$2,000 in cash, Ribbons & Purchase Awards

Arts Council of Moore County invites artists to deliver up to 2 works of art for the 2017 Fine Arts Festival.

This is the largest annual event by Campbell House Galleries, located in Southern Pines. Delivery dates are July 17-22.

Learn more Here!


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