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A Letter From The President

CVA needs YOU!

Insert the pointing Uncle Sam image here. . . . Yes, CVA has a lot going on. That means a lot of helping hands are needed to keep this all-volunteer organization going. Everyone has skills that he/she can share. All it takes is a little bit of that most precious commodity–time.

Some of CVA’s committees require monthly service, such as the Hanging Committee (for monthly shows at The Clayton Center), Website Updates, and Marketing. Other committees are for events that happen throughout the year, such as Art Faire, Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour, Mondo Roots, and Paint/Capture the Town.

With all that CVA offers artists, students, and the Clayton Community at large, I hope you will agree that any volunteer time that you can give will be time well spent. As a CVA member, you will soon be asked to decide which volunteer opportunities most interest you. I know that everyone has something to contribute. I hope you will see the value and rewards that come with serving this great organization!

Don’t forget–Board Elections will be held at the next meeting, June 6th at Noon, The Clayton Center. If you would like to serve on the Board, please contact or any of our current board members.

-Amy Beshgetoorian

Member Happenings

Winners for Paint the Town 2017

Congratulations to Paint the Town winner, Kristin Crittenden! She won the big $700 prize for her painting, Time Well Spent, which will become property of The Town of Clayton.









Tesh Parekh won 2nd Place for Neuse River Walk.









Amy Beshgetoorian won 3rd for Rejoice!










Jim Hallenbeck took home an Honorable Mention for Morning Glory Inn.


Thanks to all the artists participating in the Spring Art Walk

2017 Spring Art Walk

At least a dozen CVA artists, plus a few others, helped make Downtown Clayton a very special place to be on April 29th. The 2nd Spring Art Walk was a great combination of Downtown businesses, local musicians, and local artists.

Photos courtesy of Town of Clayton.

Artist Krissy Crittenden, artist Jo Lee Tucker, student band by Ivan Hampden, Jr., Jazz Ensemble with David Richards


311 Gallery has 2 Artist Calls still open

Flowers & Gardens, Landscapes & Seascapes

This link has the deadlines and prospectuses for each show coming up this year. 311 Gallery is located at 311 West Martin Street in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. The art gallery is part of Raleigh’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.


Clayton Steakhouse features Deborah Coates

Artwork by Deborah Coates. 

See artwork by Deborah Coates while enjoying a meal at Clayton Steakhouse. More of Deborah’s work can be seen here.










Modern Reflections by Deborah Phillips Coates


Don Stephenson, featured artist at Hocutt-Ellington Library

Don Stephenson watercolors 

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








Covered Bridge by Don Stephenson

Michael Morrison wins First Place--Again!

 Winner, four years running. . .

Congratulations to Michael Todd Morrison for winning first place in the 2017 Art and Agriculture Contest.   For the fourth year in a row Michael has won, this year winning with “Hay Day”.  Michael has thirty works of art on display this year at the USDA Gallery in Washington, D.C. through the end of the year.
The response to the display has been overwhelming, to say the least.  Michael’s art was selected out of the 245 art pieces voted into the display by USDA employees. This year Michael has thirty works of art on display in the gallery. You can see more at and at the slide show here.



Two CVA members competed in Fuquay-Varina's en plein air Paint-Off

Fuquay-Varina en plein air Paint-Off

Both Krissy Crittenden and Amy Beshgetoorian participated in this Fuquay’s en plein air competition for 2017. The two were among 18 artists participating. All eighteen paintings were auctioned off in a live auction the same day.

krissy, fuquay paint out painting

Crittenden’s painting

Kinton Hut gas pumps

Beshgetoorian’s painting

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