CLAYTON — And the winner is . . . “Balancing Spheres.”
That piece of public art, one of several on Clayton’s sculpture trail, won a recent vote as the public’s favorite. Mayor Jody McLeod announced the winner during a reception Oct. 3 at The Clayton Center.
“Balancing Spheres,” a 120-lb. sculpture, stands in Horne Square on Main Street. Artist Nelson Smith of Rocky Mount says his piece “echoes imagery seen in nature, yet is made through manmade materials.” He took home $3,000 for winning the popular vote.
The Clayton Public Art Advisory Board plans to do another sculpture trail next year.
Also at the Clayton Center on Oct. 3, Clayton Visual Arts held a reception for three artists whose works are on display there this month. The artists are Medrith Nuttle, Amy Devereaux and Carolyn Howard.
Devereaux is displaying photos from a trip to India. A photographer since childhood, she has also snapped pictures in China, Spain, Peru, Thailand, Trinidad, Israel, Costa Rica and Thailand.
“It’s a way to keep those memories,” Devereaux said of her photos.
Devereaux donned a traditional Indian sari and silk skirt for the art opening.
Nuttle displayed her acrylic paintings of nature scenes. She said she has been an artist all of her life.
“I went to arts school when all the educated people were going to college,” Nuttle said.
Though the paintings she chose for the Clayton exhibit are outdoor scenes, Nuttle said she could put a show together on almost any theme; she has done hundreds of paintings over the years.
Howard’s mixed-media pieces resemble collages. She said she used to stick to one medium at a time but grew bored with that.
“I started doing experimental art because it’s so freeing,” Howard.
She likes her work to be unusual.
And not even a battle with breast cancer in 2010 could stop her from making art. During that time, Howard did many pieces that included the female body. She doesn’t know if her cancer influenced her art; an artist, she said, can’t always explain her inspiration.
“It’s hard for an artist to give the whole explanation of why they do what they do,” Howard said.