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A Letter From The President

Greetings Fellow Artists and Art Lovers!!

It’s September and it’s Art Faire time!!

This year’s Art Faire is a juried event that had over 145 pieces of amazing artwork submitted for consideration.  The selected final 59 pieces will be judged and on display until October 3rd.  All pieces are available for purchase. Please stop by The Clayton Center to see these amazing pieces of artwork.

On behalf of CVA, I would like to thank the Art Faire Committee, lead by Sandra O’Berry, for their tireless work organizing and displaying the show. I would also like to extend a special “Thank You” to Joe DiGiulio ( who will serve as this year’s judge.

As we move on into the cooler months, stayed tuned for information about our next upcoming signature event; “Christmas in Clayton”.

As always, if you are not already a member of Clayton Visual Arts I encourage you to join and help us with our mission! – “Bringing Art to Clayton”

– Princess Hester

Member Happenings

Upcoming deadline for NC State Fair Art & Photography competition

The deadline to enter the North Carolina State Fair’s Art & Photography competition is September 15th.

Don’t miss your chance to display your artwork at the 2017 NC State Fair. For $5 you may enter one piece of artwork in the Amateur division, or 2 pieces in  the Professional division. (Professional entries, however, are juried–meaning that a judge determines whether any of them are displayed.) Here’s the link for rules and registration.

Christmas in Clayton, coming December 2nd!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 2nd!

CVA will be hosting its 6th annual Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour at Glen Laurel subdivision. Plan to enjoy beautifully decorated homes and fine art gifts made my local artists. Proceeds from ticket sales go to public school art programs.

Check out the Christmas in Clayton Facebook page for a recap of last year’s event and to see how local art teachers used their Dorothy Demboski Teacher Assistance Grants. “Like” the page in order to keep up to date with this year’s event.

Opportunities to show and sell artwork

Contacts for displaying artwork at Clayton Steakhouse, Skylines, and the Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour:

Artists wishing to display their artwork at Clayton Steakhouse may contact Amy Beshgetoorian at Each art display runs for about 6 weeks, hanging on Saturday mornings.

Skylines Cafe is looking for new artists to bring their artwork to showcase in 2018. Their art show will run for six weeks and usually gets hung/rotated on Wednesday late afternoons. If you have 15-20 canvases with finished sides or framed art and are interested in showcasing your art, please contact Heidi-Lee Peach at 410-952-2925, text or phone.

Artists interested in showing and selling artwork at the Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour please get in contact with Kathy Nobles at The Christmas Tour will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, 3pm-7pm in the Glen Laurel subdivision.

Free, non-juried show entry at Cameron Art Museum

Be part of a huge art exhibit; receive a free critique from a nationally renowned art curator.

State of the Art/ Art of the State Exhibit. Organized by the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period. During this time frame, nationally renowned curators will be present to greet each artist.

The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators.

ARTWORK DROP OFF: Sat. Sept. 30, 10am – Sun. Oct. 1, 10am. Show will run October 8, 2017 – July 8, 2018

Clayton Steakhouse features photographer Ben Chadwick

Ben Chadwick Photography 

Photographer Ben Chadwick will have several of his photos on display at Clayton Steakhouse beginning July 22nd. Check out Ben’s work at his website,

Skylines Cafe features artwork by Denise PeKrul

Paintings by Denise PeKrul

Enjoy artwork by Denise PeKrul this month at Skyline’s Café.

Deborah Coates, featured artist at Hocutt-Ellington Library

Artwork by Deborah Coates

See artwork by Deborah Coates at Hocutt-Ellington Library in Clayton. Visit her Facebook page, Digital Praise Studio.

Heidi-Lee Peach has artwork at Clayton Bakery

View Heidi-Lee Peach’s artwork during your coffee break at Clayton Bakery.

Clayton Bakery is located at 8970 US 70 Business Hwy W, Clayton.

Heidi-Lee Peach enjoyed having her artwork on display during the Watercolor Society of NC exhibit at the Apex Halle Center.

Jill Hunt has artwork in the Durham Art Guild's 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition

Hunt’s painting, Dressed in Light, is on display at Durham’s SunTrust Gallery.

CVA artist, Jill Hunt had one of her paintings juried into the 63rd Annual Juried  featuring a diverse mix of 85 works of art created by 73 regional artists in SunTrust Gallery.

This year’s exhibition artwork was juried and selected by Alexys J. Taylor, Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC.

This is the Guild’s largest and most impressive exhibition of the year and it will be on view in SunTrust Gallery August 18 – October 14, 2017.

The SunTrust Gallery is located inside the Durham Arts Council building, 120 Morris St., Durham, NC.

Amy Beshgetoorian has solo show and upcoming art booth

Amy Beshgetoorian’s solo exhibit, Two by Two, is on display at Tipping Paint Gallery.

CVA artist, Amy Beshgetoorian’s show features various subjects, twice each. She uses different palettes, perspectives, and approaches in creating two pairs of paintings using the same subject. Her show will be on display through September 30th, 311 W Martin St, Raleigh NC. View the Tipping Paint Gallery September newsletter here.

Find Amy at the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on Saturday, October 7th from 10am to 4pm. She will have an art vendor booth in the Artists Village.

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