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Lauren Williams Staff Writer

Lauren Williams/Sampson IndependentKara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council, works on hanging one of the paintings entered in the council's 2013 Juried Art Show. The painting was created by Ameila Surratt, one of Sampson's many talented artists.
Lauren Williams/Sampson IndependentKara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council, works on hanging one of the paintings entered in the council's 2013 Juried Art Show. The painting was created by Ameila Surratt, one of Sampson's many talented artists.
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The Victor R. Small House is buzzing with activity this week as the Sampson Arts Council prepares for its 2013 Juried Art Show and artists’ reception coming up nextThursday, Sept. 5.

Back in July, the Sampson Arts Council extended an invitation to both amateurs and professionals who are 18 years old and older to participate in the show, now in its fifth year since the Small House was reopened as a gallery in 2008.

“We know there is a lot of creative people here in our area and this is a great chance, a great opportunity, to showcase some of those local artists,” shared Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council.

Interested artists were encouraged to submit their two-dimensional artwork to the show. Acceptable entries included acrylic paintings, oil paintings, digital art, drawings, pastels, mixed media, collages, watercolors, and photography.

To the art council’s delight, many artists responded to the invitation.

Many of those were local artists including Peter Butler, Amelia Surratt, Paula Fitzpatrick, Joan Carr, Gloria Edwards amd Michael Ray, to name a few.

In total, 25 artists — an increase from last year’s 22 — from Sampson, Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover, Wayne, and Wake counties submitted artwork and will be featured in the show, noted Donatelli, which will run Sept. 5 through Nov. 1.

Previously, Donatelli shared that over the past four years participation in the art show has grown, something she hopes to see continue.

“It has increased each year. While many of our local artists participate, it also brings in outside artists. The number of those outside artists that participate has particularly increased,” Donatelli pointed out in July. “We like to see that because it means that we are reaching further. It also brings more and more people into our county, and those people are spending money in Clinton so it has an economic effect for our area.”

The Sampson Arts Council is excited to have artist Judy Crane with Artspace in Raleigh judging this year’s juried art show.

According to information provided by Donatelli, Crane “has been a full-time professional artist for more than 30 years. Having worked pastel and watercolor, she presently works primarily in Oils. She paints in a manner that encourages the viewer to see the subject as the eye sees a scene, not in photographic focus, but with atmosphere and depth of field. She captures the sophisticated and lush color of nature and of our man made environment, and presents them in a believable and exciting way. For the observer, her work conveys a feeling of ‘being there.’”

Throughout her career, Crane has traveled all over the world, painting in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the UK, and the Caribbean. Her art is featured in many corporate and public collections including those at SAS Institute, Glaxo Smith Klein, Duke University Medical Center, Progress Energy, Elon College, UNC Hospital, Rex Hospital, Bank of America, Wachovia National Bank, The Greater Raleigh Visitors Center, the North Carolina Executive Mansion, and the Raleigh Convention Center.

Donatelli thanked local artist and Sampson Arts Council board member Paula Fitzpatrick for securing Crane as the judge and for helping organize the show.

“She really worked to help make the show happen,” said Donatelli. “It’s great to have her on the board because as an artist she knows a lot of other artists, a lot of good people.”

Crane will be at the Small House for the kick-off to the art show — a reception for the artists and the community held on the opening night of the exhibition, Sept. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“The reception is free and open to the public and includes delicious food and musical entertainment,” said Donatelli, adding that Crane will announce the show’s winning artists at 6 p.m. “It will be a fabulous show, featuring talented artists.”

The Best in Show winner will be awarded $500, first place $250, second place $150, and third place $50. Honorable mentions will receive ribbons.

“We hope everyone will join us for this event,” she continued, “because what’s neat about our show is that so many different styles as well as mediums are represented, and we really work hard to find good artists to showcase in our gallery. The reception is a great opportunity to meet those artists and talk with them about their work.”

“They (the public) might even be able to purchase something for their home,” Donatelli added, mentioning that most of the art work featured in the show will be available for purchase.

The Victor R. Small House at 709 College St.in Clinton, and the art gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information about this year’s Juried Art Show, please contact Kara Donatelli at 910-596-2533 or send her an email at director@sampsonarts.org. Also, please visit the Sampson Arts Council website at www.sampsonarts.net.

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at lwilliams@civitasmedia.com.

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