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A Letter From The President

I’ve always said, “There’s nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing.”

I’m sure I’m not the first (or last) to have spoken those words. The Sword of Damocles is sometimes my most essential art tool.

When I first found myself facing the long chemotherapy path following my breast cancer surgery, I was told that people who have something to drive them have the best outcome. I found that idea comforting since I was already wondering how I was going to keep up with my art deadlines and obligations. While I am learning that there are some events and shows that I will have to pass on this time around, there are still plenty that I can still be a part of. This is because I have entered such things before and already have my images, bio and statement ready at hand.

Most artists I talk to hate the hassle of getting proper images and working on artist statements. I am one of these artists myself. But, thanks to deadlines I have no choice but to buckle down and get such things in order.

My intention here is to encourage you to enter a show or two each quarter. Often shows have a theme, pushing you to create something outside of your usual repertoire. I am already looking forward to artist calls that will start early next year when chemotherapy treatments will be in my rear view mirror.

For now, I have to surrender to the process—something watercolor painting has taught me to do. But deep down I am revving to kick my artwork into high gear again and make 2017 my best year ever. I know you have images in your head, too, waiting to get out. Won’t you join me?

-Amy Beshgetoorian

Member Happenings

CVA members win State Faire ribbons

At this year’s NC State Fair, at least three CVA members took home ribbons.

  • Deborah Coates, 2nd Premium for needle felting hat
  • Kyle Wilson, 3rd Premium Professional Photography
  • Amy Beshgetoorian, 3rd Premium Professional Painting


Call to Artists: Raleigh Fine Arts Society

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society is seeking the best of North Carolina Creativity. This exhibit will be held at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Raleigh. Find prospectus and entry form here.

Portofino Christmas Tour

portofino-equestrian centerPortofino Equestrian Center is the location for the 2016 Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour.

Tour date is Sunday, December 3rd. Please contact Dianne Carroll (919-553-8818) if you would like to help with this, CVA’s 5th annual, event. Funds raised from ticket sales go toward public school art programs through the Dorothy Demboski Teacher Assistance Grants.

Artist invitation to downtown Smithfield's Wine Walk

The Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk will be Friday, Nov. 18 from 5-9PM.

Walkers will buy $20 tickets at Pizazz and walk around Smithfield businesses to sample wine; all proceeds will go to Harbor Shelter. The Johnston County Arts Council is going to be located throughout the downstairs at the Public Library and has room for about 15 artists to show and sell their work. All artwork/craft items must be handmade or original. Some tables are available but if you have a display set-up, please bring your own. Artists will be allowed to set up at 3:30 then leave at 9. The library will be a Wine Stop on the route and 550-700 people are expected to attend. You keep 100% of your sales.
If you would like a spot, please respond to Judy Boyette,, as soon as possible.


  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Type of art you will bring
Kyle Wilson wins Best in Show award

Left Behind Photography by Kyle Wilson won Best in Show for his Fine Art booth at the Poquoson Seafood Festival, Poquoson VA.


Kyle Wilson exhibit at Frank Creech Gallery opening November 1st

Visit the Frank Creech Art Gallery for photographer Kyle Wilson’s opening reception, Tuesday November 1st, 5:30-7:00pm at Johnston Community College’s STEAM Building. Gallery hours are Saturday, 10am to 3pm and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Exhibit runs until December 4th.



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