It’s the season of LOVE and we here at CVA LOVE Art!! This February we have a wonderful exhibition of acrylics and photography. Be sure to stop by The Clayton Center to check it out!

As always, if you are not already a member of Clayton Visual Arts, I encourage you to join and help us with our mission! – “Bringing Art to Clayton”
–Princess Hester
Small Treasures Juried Exhibit The 11th Annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit invites artists to enter 2D and 3D artwork to be juried for this show. Deadline is March 8, 2019. Find prospectus HERE. 
Tenth Annual Art & Food Festival Johnston County Arts Council announces a Call to Artists for the Tenth Annual Johnston  County Art & Food Festival, returning to the Jo Co Agricultural Center in Smithfield. 2D and 3D artwork accepted for judging. Donations also accepted for silent art auction. This is JCAC’s annual fundraising event. Deadline to enter is March 1st; event takes place Thursday March 14th. For more information and entry for go to jartscouncil.org.  
Kathleen Nobles and Doug Strickland exhibiting at JCC’s Creech Gallery Johnston County Arts Council/Johnston Community College presents Kathleen Nobles and Doug Strickland. Artists will be exhibiting at the Frank Creech Art Gallery for the month of February. View Gallery hours for this exhibit HERE. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 10am – 3pm Sundays, 1pm – 5pm Closing Date Sunday, February 24, 2019  
In celebration of Clayton’s 150th anniversary  Artists of all 2-D painting and drawing media are invited to enter this year’s Paint the Town competition. Coinciding with Clayton’s sesquicentennial, artists may enter up to three works of art for one low entry fee. This year’s theme is Clayton: Past & Present. Artists are welcome to use historic photos of Clayton for inspiration and reference. However, photography entries must wait until next year’s Capture the Town photography competition. Deadline to enter is April 26th. Prospectus and on-line entry found at CVA’s website: claytonvisualarts.org.

Teacher Assistance Grants awarded  CVA Board member Deborah Coates presented these teachers with grants for art projects at their respective schools. These grants were made possible by proceeds from the Christmas in Clayton Art & Home Tour.
Pictured are l-r: Deborah Coates, CVA Board Member; Kristi Nobers, Corinth Holders High-project is Printmaking for Food Labels; Ashley Blevins, Riverwood Elementary-project is O’Keefe Canvases; Danielle Gruber, Swift Creek Middle-project is Painted School Spirit Posts. not pictured Karin Chmelo, East Clayton Elementary-project is Clay What? 
Congratulations to all these inspiring art teachers and their students!Learn more about these grant projects here: Grant descriptions.