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A Letter From The President

My favorite time of year. . . .

Next to the NC State Fair, my favorite time of year has got to be Art of the Carolinas at the North Raleigh Hilton. Set for November 11-13th, this is where you can take workshops, try out new products, watch demonstrations, and get your art supplies for super cheap… AND it’s so close by! I love buying my watercolor paper for 70% of the lowest price I have found online. I also love seeing the veritable “who’s who” of amazing artists in our area, shopping as if they are regular people.

If you haven’t received a catalog in the mail for this event, go to There are so many great workshops to choose from. I have taken a few of these in the past. My favorite was the Kate and Bob Burridge lecture on marketing your artwork. Even if you cannot take the workshops this year, most of the artists who are teaching already have workbooks published. When you find a class that interests you, just buy the workbook and read it in your own time. Whether you meet the artist in person or read through his/her carefully written workbook, you will surely gain some new nuggets of art knowledge.

I had my own star-struck moment a couple years ago. I had just been working through one of Karlyn Holman’s workbooks. I walked into the Art of the Carolina’s ballroom and there she was! I felt like I was meeting a rock star, but was perplexed that there weren’t any screaming fans around her. She let me take her picture as I was mostly tongue-tied in her presence.

Similarly, I took Sterling Edwards’ class once and he told me that I had good brush technique. Whether he was sincere or just handing out encouragement, I felt it was worth the price of the workshop just to have Sterling Edwards say that to me.

Last year I went early on Friday to do all my shopping. Yes, it was crowded and the lines were long. Seeing half of the artists I have ever met made the experience pleasantly bearable. Also, there were tons of hired staff people to help.

Two years ago, I could only go on Sunday. There were a lot fewer people and they were sold out of some of the more popular products. The upside was that there were markdowns on the supplies that were left.

I hope you will take advantage of this terrific event. Mark your calendar for the sale. And if you are signing up for a workshop (or three), don’t delay. They will fill up quickly.

– Amy Beshgetoorian

Member Happenings

Art Faire 2016 Winners

Congratulations to all the artists who were awarded ribbons at the 2016 Clayton Art Faire:

$100 each Judges’ Choice Awards (3)

  • Sandra Blake of Raleigh, Convergence, photography
  • Janie Prete of Clayton, Tree at Old Seneca, mixed media
  • Chris Roberts of Clayton, Buffalo Road, pen & ink

$100 HomeTowne Award, sponsored by HomeTowne Realty

Cathy Spivey Mendola of Clayton, 12 Months of Buddha, fiber art wall-hanging

Honorable Mention $25 gift cards

Three from Jerry’s Artarama:

  • Jacqueline Balog of Willow Spring, Morning Serenity, mixed media
  • Cheryl McCardle of Clayton, A Walk in the Park, acrylic
  • Kyle Wilson of Clayton, Eagle Rock House at Sunset, photography

One from Peace Camera:

  • Mary Doherty of Raleigh, 3 Nests, photography

Sunnie Chance Peoples Choice Award

Family Garden by Susan Brabeau of Wendell

Purchase Awards (2)

Bought by Suzette Rodriguez of Johnston Health and Mike Rodriguez of Novo Nordisk

  • Tumbledown Charm by Amy Beshgetoorian
  • 3 Nests by Mary Doherty
Kyle Wilson won second place at the Havre de Grace Art Show

Congratulations to Kyle Wilson for winning second place for his Left Behind Photography booth at the Havre de Grace Art Show in Maryland. This juried outdoor art show features artists and craftsmen from across the US. Follow Kyle’s weekend shows up and down the east coast through his Facebook page.


CVA Artist, Roy White donates painting

Roy White donated his painting of the Lost Coin Church in Trenton, NC to the Jones County Festival Committee. Here is Roy standing between Jacob Morgan (county extension agent) and Charley Jones (President of the Friends of Brock’s Mill Board). Proceeds from the raffle or auction of this painting will go to the Jones County Heritage Foundation.


David Lennon has artwork on display at Clayton Steakhouse

Landscape artist David Lennon has paintings on display at Clayton Steakhouse through late October. For hours and menu, visit


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.

Skyline's Cafe features watercolors by Amy Beshgetoorian

Visit Skyline’s Café through late October to see Amy Beshgetoorian’s watercolor paintings. For address, hours and menu, visit


Call to artists: Clayton Steakhouse

Would you like to display your artwork at Clayton Steakhouse? Email Amy Beshgetoorian at


Artwork by Corrine Lombardo

Jill Hunt to have solo show at Tipping Paint Gallery

Artist Jill Hunt will be having a solo show of her artwork at Tipping Paint Gallery in October. Reception will be October 7th, part of the First Friday Raleigh Art Walk. Tipping Paint Gallery is located at 311 W Martin Street, Raleigh.


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