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17 area artists to exhibit at Clayton Center in 2013

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Seventeen area artists and photographers have been chosen to exhibit at The Clayton Center in 2013.

Four are from Clayton, nine from the Triangle and four from Goldsboro, Oxford, Moore or Nash counties. The exhibitions are mounted and sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts, Inc.

Special shows are on tap, too.

September will bring the 14th annual Art Faire competition, which last year attracted 56 area artists.

The month of June will bring entries in Clayton Visual Arts’ biennial Poster Contest, along with a concurrent showing of work produced by art students at the Clayton Senior Center. These adult students have been taking monthly classes taught by Clayton Visual Arts member-artists for the past two-plus years.

In May, the focus will be on budding student artists as work by Clayton High Schoolers is featured.

Don Stephenson, head of the Exhibits Committee for Clayton Visual Arts, whose committee chose the slate, said, “The quality of work by the 2013 applicants is truly remarkable. We were fortunate to be able to select applicants who work in a variety of areas from photography to colored pencils to watercolor, acrylic, oils and fiber art.”

Each of the exhibitions hangs for a calendar month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. A meet-the-artist(s) reception accompanies each show. Both are free and open to everyone.

Here is the 2013 schedule:

February will bring two artists—Jeff Horton of Clayton and Joanie Tiska Kennedy of Raleigh. Horton, a photographer, won a Judge’s Choice Award in the 2012 Art Faire competition. Kennedy, who paints in acrylics, splits time between Raleigh and Topsail Beach and has focused on coastal scenes since 9/11/2001. She is a member of Raleigh’s Artspace.

March will showcase works by Ann Campbell of West End in Moore County and Nancy Ping-Robbins of Bailey in Nash County. Campbell works in various media—oils, pastels, charcoals, mixed media—and exhibited at The Clayton Center in 2009. Ping-Robbins paints primarily in oils and has exhibited throughout the Triangle and eastern North Carolina.

The Colored Pencil Society of America, Raleigh/Durham Chapter, will exhibit during April. Annette Kirk of Wendell is coordinator for the 25-plus members. Their work can be previewed at www.cpsadc114.org.

May’s exhibit will feature art by students at Clayton High School as they display what they’ve learned in their art classes during the 2012-13 school year.

A dual exhibition is on tap for June. Entries in the 2013 Poster Contest, the eighth, will be on display, and the winner of the $1,000 award will be announced. The second part of the exhibition will be works by budding adult artists who have taken art classes at the Clayton Senior Center.

In July, Clayton resident Amy Beshgetoorian will team with Barbara Blaisdell of Wake Forest. Beshgetoorian changes photographs to watercolors, as shown on her website www.photostowatercolors.com. Blaisdell is a photographer of landscapes, wildlife, still life and other subject matter.

A three-person show is slated for August. Featured will be Mary Doherty of Raleigh, Frank Dziepak of Clayton and Lin Frye of Oxford. Doherty has studied in the United States and abroad and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Photographer Dziepak won an Award of Excellence in the 2010 Art Faire competition, and watercolorist Frye was the People’s Choice winner in the 2012 Art Faire.

September will bring entries and the announcement of winners in Art Faire. Clayton Visual Arts’ longest-running art competition will mark its 14th year in 2013. Two $750 Awards of Excellence will be presented, one in fine arts and one in photography. Three Judges’ Choice Awards of $100 and one People’s Choice Award also will be presented. Last year more than 50 artists entered, nearly half from Clayton.

In October, the three-person lineup will have photographers Susan Bailey of Raleigh and Amy Devereaux of Clayton and acrylic artist Medrith Nuttle of Zebulon.. Recently, Bailey has developed exhibits on themes of flowers, coastal scenes, chairs and benches. Devereaux has exhibited throughout the Triangle area and has received many prizes and awards for her work. Medrith Nuttle is a contemporary American Impressionist painter who has exhibited throughout North Carolina.

November will bring the Clayton Center’s first fiber artist in a year, as well as an award-winning photographer. Maureen Wartski of Raleigh works in fiber and is also a watercolorist and novelist. Rhonda Peters of Goldsboro won the Award of Excellence for photography with “In Tune” in the 2012 Art Faire competition.

Two Triangle painters wrap up the calendar year in December—Susan Brabeau of Wendell and Maria Baluis of Garner. Brabeau’s 2012 Art Faire entry, an acrylic painting called “Crazy Shoes,” won the fine arts Award of Excellence. Baluis paints in acrylic and oil and won first place in the 2012 Johnston County Arts Council Food and Arts Festival.

The 2013 season opened this month, as it does each January, with student and adult competition in the Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Festival, plus an exhibit by artists of Clayton Visual Arts. Their works are on display until Feb. 1.

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