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Clayton Center October artists are all in the family

"Little Missy" by Dorothy Demboski, an acrylic painting is on display at the Clayton Center.
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Family ties define the two artists featured in Clayton Visual Arts’ October exhibition. They are the in-laws of Sarah and Mark Hale of Clayton.

The show will feature paintings by Dorothy Demboski of Clayton, Sarah’s mother, and Tom Hale of Richmond, Va., Mark’s father.

A free, meet-the-artists reception for Demboski and Hale will be 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the lobby of The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

The free exhibit runs Oct. 1-31. The center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Both the reception and exhibition are sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.

Demboski has been an active artist on the Clayton scene since moving here eight years ago to live closer to her adult children and grandchildren.

She painted the mural at The Clayton Center, “Clayton Patchwork,” and served as President of Clayton Visual Arts from 2008 to 2010.

She curated the monthly exhibitions at The Clayton Center from 2005 until recently and has been a regular participant in Clayton Visual Arts-sponsored shows at the center.

She has been a featured artist in galleries on the East Coast, and her work is in numerous private and museum collections.

Her most notable achievements are The Mountain Artisans Quilting Book that features the “Rockefeller Quilt,” which she designed, and two Coty Awards for design of fashion and textiles.

Demboski has taught many design and painting workshops and has served as faculty in the Art Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and at The Art Institute of Chicago. Although, officially retired, she believes that an artist never retires.

“The will to create just doesn’t shut off at a certain age,” she said, “it just gets richer and more layered.”

She added, “As long as a new canvas needs paint, I will be there to make a new beginning.”

An artist and a teacher

Hale specializes in commissions of varied subjects and large works for private and corporate clients, interior designers and small companies.

Although he lives and works in Richmond, he has double family ties to Clayton. In addition to his son in Clayton, his wife is a member of the Ellington family, a local name of long standing.

Hale has earned recognition via major awards in local, national and international competition, including print, television, graphic design, and illustration. His work has appeared in many national trade publications, magazines and annuals.

As an art director and a creative director he has worked with the major ad agencies in Richmond and has held one-man and group shows in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

His work has also been represented by a number of galleries across Virginia. In Richmond, more than 25 corporations and private companies include his work in their collections. Clients there include the Ethyl Corp., Media General, several law firms and the Virginia Wildlife and Game Commission.

As a publisher Hale has designed, produced and published more than 25 books on Richmond and Virginia, including seven of his own works.

He has also taught creative classes at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He completed his studies in painting, fine art and art history at the Ringling College of Fine Art in Sarasota, Fla., and at Bradenton College in Bradenton, Fla.

He has studios in the Fan District in Richmond.

Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supported in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Fund.

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