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A Letter From The President

CVA’s new website is up and running at last!

What an exciting time for Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.! This fantastic new website will allow us to grow and strengthen our membership with the most current communication avenues. More people will be able to understand the purpose, value, and many accomplishments of CVA than ever before.

Feel free to meander through this site to see all that it has to offer. Keep in mind that more content is being added as we go. It’s like a new house that still needs some furnishing and decorating, but all of the structural elements are top notch.

An immeasurable amount of gratitude goes to Steve & Vicky Toth of Clayton NC Web Design for going far beyond what is required of a website designer. They took the time to learn a great deal about CVA and how to maximize this organization’s potential.

Thanks also to CVA’s invaluable June Lioret. June has faithfully kept the previous website updated so that our Monthly Exhibits, Calls to Artists and other Events could be communicated during this lengthy process. “June” is still the first name out of anyone’s mouth, (especially mine), when no one in the room can answer a CVA-related question.

The ribbon is cut. . . the champagne bottle smashed. . . . Here we grow!

-Amy Beshgetoorian

March Events


Member Happenings

Michael Morrison Wins National Award … Third Year in a Row

Michael-Morrison-2Bacca-225x300Raleigh, NC – US Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee and Triangle resident, Michael Morrison recently won First Place Best in Category with his photograph “2Bacca” in the 4th Annual Arts and Agriculture exhibit in Washington DC. This is the third year in a row Morrison has won First Place Best in Category with his art. The Tobacco Curing Barn was built in 1927, and is still standing to this day in Johnston County, NC.  “2Bacca” is one of thirteen entries by Michael that will be on display through the end of the year at the USDA Gallery located at 1400 Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in Texas, Michael has been creating art with his painting and photography for more than 35 years. He has worked with palm tree fronds, driftwood, and other natural objects to make an artistic statement. His works of art have sold in galleries across the United States, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Italy.

Michael’s art can be seen at various locations, including, Nickelpoint Brewing Co. at Five Points in Raleigh, Northgate Mall in Durham, Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield, a number of other locations in Johnston County and across the state. Recent works also include a Cancer Series as a result of his personal connections to the disease. They act in tribute to the emotions associated with his experiences. It is his wish that these paintings bring hope to those which have been touched by the disease.

Michael has teamed up with Todd Rundgren’s The Spirit of Harmony Foundation with a series of paintings. A portion of sales from this series goes directly to the Foundation. “To provide support and funding to school programs and other organizations trying to bring music to people who don’t have it….” Todd Rundgren. Michael supports various other foundations which are listed on his webpage at

Exhibition at Hocutt Ellington Memorial Library

Don Stephenson has an exhibition at Hocutt Ellington Memorial Library of about a dozen watercolor paintings of historical subjects from Clayton and the surrounding area.

Stephenson’s objective is to make viewers aware of the rich heritage of the Clayton area. Each painting has a description of the subject and an approximate date of the reference photo he used. The artist also offers details on the significance of the subjects. The paintings will hang at the library until September.

The library is at 100 S. Church St. in Clayton.

Ronald Lunn at Clayton Steakhouse

On display at Clayton Steakhouse: 

View Ron’s exhibit of his nautical themed paintings through March 25th. Clayton Steakhouse is located at 307 E Main Street, Clayton.

Town of Cary: En Plein Air Art Auction & Gala

Call For Artists: Town of Cary 3rd Annual En Plein Air Paint the Town, Art Auction and Gala!

Registration is open for artists interested in taking part in this en plein air event. Deadline is April 25th, but spots are being filled on a first come basis–so don’t wait! Paint day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th (rain date Saturday, May 14th), with auction and gala on June 10, 2016. See prospectus here.

Ramona Cash has artwork on display at Skylines

Ramona Cash has artwork on display at Skylines Café through mid-April.

Heidi is working as coordinator for Skylines Café, so give her a call at 919-550-7027 if you are interested in displaying your artwork next year.

Skylines is located at 8878 US 70 Bus Hwy W, Suite 100, Clayton NC

Fuquay-Varina En Plein Air Paint-Off

Downtown Fuquay-Varina’s plein air event is set for April 15th-16th.

This plein air competition features an outdoor live auction on Saturday evening, while the paint is barely dry! (Rain date is April 22-23) Artists have the option of painting Friday and/or Saturday. Artists must be juried into this event. See prospectus.

59th National Juried Show in Rocky Mount

Deadline to enter is March 18th.

Imperial-Centre-300x132Up to four entries can be submitted for this national juried show at Rocky Mount’s amazing Imperial Centre. Sculptors and crafters take note: All media except installations will be considered. Cash awards are offered, as well as a $1,500 Permanent Collection Acquisition Award. The show runs all summer, and a day trip to this facility is something to mark on your calendar. Use this link and scroll down to National Juried Exhibitions.

Medrith Nuttle in 3 juried shows

Medrith Nuttle has work on display at three April juried shows.

PA-medrith-painting-300x222You can see Medrith’s work at Painting and Seeing in the Art Gallery, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Annual Juried Show of the Fine Arts League of Cary  at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary; and Spring Forward at Tipping Paint in Raleigh.

Jill Hunt: People's Choice Award Winner!

Jill Hunt wins award at Litmus Gallery’s Petcasso.

Jill Hunt won the First Place People’s Choice Award at Litmus Gallery’s Petcasso Exhibit, benefitting the Wake County SPCA. Her award-winning, juried entry– Fancy and the Dancing Light–can be seen below. Hunt also has a painting on display through April at Tipping Paint Gallery’s Spring Forward juried show. Both galleries are located in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

Fancy Jill Hunt

Deborah Coates is featured in two Raleigh juried shows

Deborah Coates has art on display at Litmus Gallery and Tipping Paint Gallery.

See Deborah Coates’ artwork at Litmus Gallery’s Petcasso Exhibit (benefitting the Wake County SPCA) and Tipping Paint Gallery’s Spring Forward juried show. Both galleries are located in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

Deb Coates Bleeding Hearts

Amy Beshgetoorian has work in two Raleigh shows as well as The Clayton Center

See Amy Beshgetoorian’s work at Litmus Gallery, Tipping Paint Gallery, and The Clayton Center.

Amy Beshgetoorian has three paintings on display at Litmus Gallery’s Petcasso juried exhibit, (benefitting Wake County SPCA). She also has her watercolors on display at Tipping Paint Gallery, where she is a member. At The Clayton Center, Amy has a large display of her paintings as part of CVA’s March Exhibit.

Nicotiana Tabacum


Call To Artists

Be a part of the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk

Wine tasting to raise money for Harbor programs assisting victims of domestic violence.

smithfield-wine-walkBe a part of the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk–a wine tasting to raise money for Harbor programs assisting victims of domestic violence.

Event will be held November 20, 2015 from 5-8:30pm. Tickets are $20. Art and craft vendors will set up in The Meeting Place across from the Smithfield Post Office. Table reservations are FREE and the artists and all sales are kept by the artists. Contact JCAC President Judy Boyette at to reserve your table.

Register for the 8th Annual North Ridge Art Gala to be held Saturday, February 27th. This is a juried show in which selected artists can have a 10×10 booth to show and sell their work to a prestigious audience. A Purchase Award will be presented, as well as further opportunities to exhibit artwork at the Country Club. Deadline to register is January 13, 2016.

Learn more at

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