Three artists, two from Clayton and one from Zebulon, are showing their works this month at the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton
They are Carolyn Howard and Amy Elizabeth Devereaux, both of Clayton, and Medrith Nuttle of Zebulon. Howard works in mixed media, Devereaux in photography and Nuttle in acrylics on canvas.
Howard won a Judge’s Choice award in September’s Art Faire competition. Devereaux spent portions of the last two years taking photographs in India, Israel, Kenya, Costa Rica and Peru. Nuttle works primarily en plein air, and her subjects range from landscapes and still life to house and people portraits.
Howard is known not only for her art but also for her teaching and promotion of art. She has won awards in painting, printmaking and collage. Her artwork can be found in homes and offices in the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida.
“I communicate visually in a wide array of media, a challenge that broadens and enhances the excitement of creating,” Howard said. “The result is a kaleidoscope of color, texture and form.” Her portfolio includes paintings, serigraphs, etchings, collographs, collages and murals.
Howard was born in Baltimore and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design, earning an associate’s degree in fine and graphic art. She continues to expand her formal training through classes and workshops.
Devereaux’s photographs bring a taste of the exotic to the exhibit. She has traveled extensively, especially in the last two years, and has photographed scenes in India, Africa, South America and the Middle East. She has lived on the East Coast (New York City, Washington, D.C., Raleigh) and on the West Coast (Los Angeles and Santa Barbara). After retiring in 2007, she spent six months in Trinidad.
Her work is in a number of corporate and private collections. She also paints abstracts in acrylics and pastels and won several awards while in California.
Devereaux has a bachelor’s degree in English from N.C. State University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland. She spent 23 years in education, her last 11 at Apex High. Her photography website is www.adevereaux.artspan.com.
Nuttle is a contemporary American Impressionist painter. Though she works primarily en plein air, she also does studio painting. Her subject matter encompasses anything that awakens in her the desire to capture it on canvas – animals both wild and domestic, florals, still lifes, people, landscapes, house portraits and more.
Nuttle began her professional career in the late 1960s in Michigan, where her paintings were accepted into local and regional competitions. Several were purchased for private collections.
“I am a contemporary American Impressionist because the visual language and aims of the original Impressionists speak to me in a way that no other style can match,” Nuttle said. “I do not imitate their style, but I approach my paintings in the same spirit of spontaneity.”
Nuttle studied at the College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and at the Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of Clayton Visual Arts.