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A Letter From The President

Are we there yet? Clayton’s Art Community continues to make great strides.

I am continually amazed by the way that Clayton Visual Arts continues to grow and strengthen. Whether we have reached the status of Art Town or not may be up for debate, but surely we are extremely close to this goal.

Much of CVA’s recent strides can be attributed to Steve and Vicky Toth of Your Web Image who have worked tirelessly at building CVA’s fabulous website. This team has put in numerous hours each month to create a very sophisticated website that can serve CVA members and visitors by keeping them abreast of art events and opportunities in our area. The level of dedication this team has shown throughout the many challenges of this project speaks to their vision for planting Clayton firmly as an Art Community and contributing to Downtown Clayton’s vitality. Thanks to their hard work, now has over 400 visitors per month! Isn’t it encouraging to know that so many people can now see all that Clayton Visual Arts is doing?

CVA’s membership has continued to increase throughout the year. This is evidence of Clayton’s growth as well as CVA’s increased visibility through the website. With new members, both the quality and variety of artwork continues to rise. Just look at this year’s Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour. The fine art market will include a silversmith, a beaded jeweler, a weaver, a soap maker, a woodworker, and an egg decorator. As usual, several fine art painters and photographers round out the line-up.

I hope you share in my excitement for the growth of both CVA and Clayton. I admit that without the new website, I would feel overwhelmed with the prospect of keeping the community informed. Many thanks are due to CVA members who have volunteered to keep the website updated and current. These members are Jill Hunt, Krissy Crittenden, Deborah Coates, and Catherine Donleycott.

I am already looking forward to 2017 and wowing Clayton with the talents of CVA’s artists and members.

-Amy Beshgetoorian

Member Happenings

Medrith Nuttle has artwork in two juried shows

Impressionist painter Medrith Nuttle has a painting in Village Art Circle’s Carolina on my Mind show in Cary. She also has two paintings in 311 Gallery’s show, Square, located in Raleigh’s warehouse district.


New CVA artist Geraldine Morgan has artwork on display at Clayton Steakhouse

Artist Geraldine Morgan 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 paintings by Heidi-Lee Peach

Enjoy paintings by Heidi-Lee Peach while you dine at Skyline’s Cafe. Heidi has several acrylic and watercolor paintings on display. For address, hours and menu, visit


Call to artists: North Carolina Artists Exhibition

Deadline for the North Carolina Artists Exhibition is January 9th. This prestigious exhibit is shown at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery located at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Learn more here.

Michael Morrison is in Art Tour Magazine

Artist Michael Morrison has artwork in a show in Miami, December 1-4. See his write-up in Art Tour Magazine here.


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