Smithfield Herald

Art Faire presents awards

Jeff Horton’s “Late Fall on the Farm” won the photography prize.
Jeff Horton’s “Late Fall on the Farm” won the photography prize.

Three Clayton artists and one each from Goldsboro and Raleigh won awards in the 2013 Art Faire competition.

The artists are Jeff Horton, Carolyn Howard and Janie Prete, all of Clayton; Eric Schreffler of Goldsboro and Mary Doherty of Raleigh.

Schreffler and Horton were the major winners. Schreffler took home the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence in fine arts for his entry, “The Rose Hat,” done by airbrush.

Horton’s photograph, “Late Fall on the Farm,” won the $750 Award of Excellence for photography.

Doherty, Howard and Prete won $100 Judges’ Choice awards

Doherty’s entry was “Lonaconing Silk Mill,” a black and white photograph.

Howard’s entry was “Air Filled with Thought” in mixed media.

Prete’s entry was “The Conversation,” a watercolor.

Judges were Judy Crane of Raleigh, fine arts, and John Stanton of Cary, photography. Both said the exhibition offered “a strong and quality-rich field.”

Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod presented the awards during a meet-the-artists reception Sept. 5 at the Clayton Center.

Those attending the reception voted on a sixth award, the Sunnie Chance People’s Choice Award. That prize went to Prete for her painting, “The Conversation”.

The Ritchie Award honors the late Margaret Ritchie, who died in 2009. The Sunnie Award is in honor of Sunnie Chance, who died in 2012. Ritchie was a founder of Clayton Visual Arts in 1999, and Chance was a member of the arts group for 13 years.

Fifty artists entered the contest, including 28 from Clayton, six from Raleigh and five from other Johnston County towns. Other towns represented were Angier, Bailey, Benson, Oxford, Pittsboro, Wendell and Zebulon.

The fine arts category drew 31 entries; photography drew 19.

The 15th annual competition was sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts.