Zebulon artist to be honored

September 26, 2013 


Three local artists, Carolyn Howard and Amy Elizabeth Devereaux of Clayton and Medrith Nuttle of Zebulon, will show their work at the Clayton Center in October.

All 50 entries can be seen through Sept. 30 at the Clayton Center.

Clayton Visual Arts will partner with the Clayton Downtown Development Association (CDDA) in its monthly meet-the-artists reception from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3. In addition to honoring Howard, Devereaux and Nuttle, the event will recognize the creators of seven pieces of sculpture that have been installed around downtown. A "People's Choice" award, voted on by residents of Clayton, will be announced shortly after 7 p.m. at the reception.

The reception is in the lobby of the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Light refreshments will be served—cookies, finger sandwiches, fruit, cheese, nuts, wine and punch. The event promises to be a big night for arts in Clayton, and everyone is invited. Dress is casual.

Nuttle is a contemporary American Impressionist painter. Though she works primarily en plein air (outdoors), she also does studio painting. Her varied 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.

She began her professional career in the late 1960s in Michigan where her paintings were accepted into local and regional juried competitions. Several were purchased for private collections.

She has lived in North Carolina since 1976—Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Raleigh and now Clayton—with a break in the early 2000s in Indianapolis. It was in Indiana that she learned about plein air, and it captured her imagination.

Of her work, she said, “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. I do not imitate their style, but I approach my paintings in the same spirit of spontaneity.”

In all her varied locations, Nuttle has continued to exhibit her work. She has won awards in local, regional, and national juried competitions. She has sold paintings to many collectors and has contributed paintings to charitable causes where they sold and raised money for the organization.

She was educated at the Columbus, Ohio, College of Art and Design and the Cleveland, Ohio, Institute of Art. She is a member of Clayton Visual Arts.

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