May 2019 Newsletter



Summer is making a comeback! This months art exhibit at The Clayton Center is full of summer memories of Clayton over the years. Additionally, the exhibit also pays homage to the 150th Anniversary of Clayton.

Please stop by our tent on Saturday, May 25th at the Farmer’s Market!! We will have art demonstrations and children’s art activities. Come find out more about CVA!!

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
Results from Paint the Town 2019:  Seventeen local artists entered a combined total of 35 paintings for this year’s competition. The artwork was judged by several Town of Clayton administrative employees as well as Clayton’s Town Council.

The winnings artists (pictured left to right) are

  • Michelle Harrell {Honorable Mention for Stallings Crossings}
  • Kristin Crittenden {2nd Place for Main Street Memories}
  • Lyudmila Tomova {1st Place for Thriving Because of Us}
  • April Darden {3rd Place for Front Street}

All works are on display throughout the month of May at The Clayton Center. All works are for sale, with the exception of the 1st Place winning painting which will be gifted to the Town of Clayton by CVA.

Franklin Square Gallery’s Summer Regional Art Show 
Artists may enter up to two pieces of art (any combination of 2D and 3D). Entry fee is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Deadline for online entry and payment is June 7, 2019. For more about the gallery and for prospectus and entry form, click HERE.


Art Council of Moore County’s annual exhibit

CALLING ALL VISUAL ARTISTS! Let us showcase your work at our annual Fine Arts Festival in August! The Moore County Arts Council created the Fine Arts Festival in 1980 to provide incentive for local artists to improve their technique and a place to showcase and sell their artwork. The festival has since grown into a major exhibit featuring artwork by artists from all over the country. The event also includes an art competition where the entries are judged and cash prizes and ribbons are awarded. Located in Southern Pines, this annual exhibit attracts several buyers, including Purchase Awards by local business owners. Art must be delivered the week of July 15–no preregistration necessary. More information here.

Join us on June 6th to elect new board members

Clayton Visual Arts will be electing new board members at its next monthly meeting on June 6th at Noon at The Clayton Center. If you have an interest in being one of the wheels that keeps CVA moving forward as Clayton grows, please contact Cathy Mendola at Likewise, if there is someone you wish to nominate, contact Cathy. Expertise is not required–just a willingness and interest in growing Clayton’s Art Community.

Artwork by Cathy Mendola
Enjoy the unique fiber, hand-dyed, needlework, beaded artwork of CVA’s vice president, Cathy Mendola. Check out her informative blog site hereSkylines is located at 8878 US 70 Business Highway, Suite 100, Clayton NC.

Paintings by David Lennon
Enjoy David Lennon’s landscape paintings while dining at Clayton Steakhouse. Don’t be surprised if you see some familiar local scenes. Clayton Steakhouse is located at 307 E Main St, Clayton NC. Artists interested in displaying their artwork at Clayton Steakhouse may contact Amy Beshgetoorian at

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