The 15th annual Art Faire in September will present six awards totaling $1,900, an increase over last year’s amount.
The main prizes are the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence in fine art and the $750 Award of Excellence in photography. The competition will also present three Judge’s Choice awards of $100 each.
The People’s Choice award has increased to $100. It honors the late Sunnie Chance of Clayton, who died in September 2012 after a brief illness. She was an artist, an art lover and a member of Clayton Visual Arts since its founding in 1999. Chance was a longtime member of the Art Faire committee. Attendees at the Art Faire reception choose the People’s Choice winner.
The annual competition is open to all artists. Artists do not have to be residents of Clayton, although 38 of the 63 entries last year were from Clayton. Others came from Johnston and Wake counties, Durham, Goldsboro, Fayetteville and other area towns.
Entries may be in any two-dimensional medium. Those entering must be 18 or older, and entries are limited to one per person.
The entry fee is $35, and Aug. 28 is the deadline to enter. Art is to be delivered Sept. 3. Judges for 2013 are Judy Crane of Raleigh in fine art and John Stanton of Cary in photography.
A professional artist for 30-plus years, Crane maintains a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. Early in her career, she worked in watercolor and pastels, but she concentrates now on oil painting. Believing art is a lifelong journey, she continues to study and experiment. She also teaches studio and plein air workshops and has made a teaching DVD. Her website is www.judycrane.com.
Stanton is a master photographer who has worked for Eastman Kodak, the U.S. Navy and a commercial studio. His work continues to evolve, and he has embraced digital photography. Digital opens many new creative doors, and “it keeps me young,” he said. Stanton is a fellow with the American Society of Photographers and the British Institute of Photography.
Clayton Visual Arts will announce the Art Faire winners during a meet-the-artists reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.
All entries will be on display in The Clayton Center in September. Both the reception and exhibition are free.
Entry brochures have been emailed. Printed brochures are available at The Clayton Center; the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St.; the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St.; and Right Angles frame shop, 215 E. Main St. Also, brochures are online at claytonvisualartsnc.org/artistinvitation/2013-art-faire, and they’re available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries may be emailed to the same address or mailed to Clayton Visual Arts, Art Faire Competition, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.
For more information, call 919-553-1242.
Last year’s field of 63 works of art was the most in several years.
Winners were Susan Brabeau of Wendell, $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence for fine art; Rhonda Peters of Goldsboro, $750 Award of Excellence for photography; Jeff Horton, Carolyn Howard and Christopher Roberts, all of Clayton, Judge’s Choice awards of $100 each; and Lin Frye of Oxford, People’s Choice award of $25.