Thursday, October 01, 2009

ArtalaCarte to premier Oct. 17,featuring artwalk, historic homes

ArtalaCarte, an artwalk and historic homes tour sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts, will premier Saturday, Oct. 17, in downtown Clayton.

Seven homes, five now converted to businesses, will be toured, and local artists will display and offer their work for sale at the houses.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and begins at the Robertson Mule Co. on Lombard Street. A free ArtalaCarte “taxi” will be available for those who have difficulty getting around.
Tickets are $15 per person.

An added attraction of ArtalaCarte is a raffle for a set of 6 posters of Clayton scenes, duplicates of the ones that hang in The Clayton Center. Other prizes in the raffle are dinners for two at the Clayton Steakhouse, Mulberry on Main and Skylines restaurants. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Local groups participating in ArtalaCarte are Clayton Historical Society, the Woman’s Club, Team Karen, and others.

The artwalk/house tour is part of a weekend of activities in Clayton. OktoberFest makes its debut Friday evening, Oct. 16, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 17. In addition, country music star Ricky Skaggs will bring his popular show to The Clayton Center for two performances Saturday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

So far, these local artists will show their works in the 1st annual ArtalaCarte Artwalk and Historic Homes Tour: Gail O’Neil, Janie Prete, Kathy Nobles, Carolyn Howard, Sandra Honeycutt, Penny Evans, John McFadden, Pam Douglas, Toni Murgas, Mary Brown and Thomas E. Krasowski.

The seven houses chosen for the tour are:
• Historic Smith House, 507 E. 2nd St., now Morning Glory Inn.
• Historic Barbour House, 475 E. 2nd St., now the Silverman residence.
• Historic Robertson House, 304 Lombard St., now the Atchison residence.
• Historic Cox-Honeycutt House, 131 E. 1st St., now Eye of the Eagle.
• Historic Hinton House, 121 E. 1st St., now Archaeological Consultants.
• Historic Barnes House, 115 E. 1st St., now Paint It Red.
• Historic Yelvington House, 104 Fayetteville St., now HTR Realty.

Members of the Clayton community will act as “docents” at each house and present historical information and personal reminiscences.

Here are tidbits about the houses:
• The Smith House was built around 1907 by Oscar Green Smith, who founded a wholesale grocery business. It is two stories with 6,400 square feet.
• The Barbour House was built in 1925 by Julian Dwight Barbour, president of J.G. Barbour & Sons mercantile business. It is a two-story brick dwelling and features an ornate mantel rescued from the 1890s Horne-Gower Mansion.
• The Robertson House is a two-story white dwelling in the Colonial Revival style. It features two massive columns flanking the front door and was built in 1925 by Battle Moore Robertson, a mule dealer and businessman.
• The Cox-Honeycutt House is Clayton’s oldest house, built either in 1818 or in 1856. It was owned by Wiley W. Cox until the 1870s, when it was bought by David Tilden Honeycutt. The one-story structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.
• The Hinton House next door was built by Ernest Linwood Hinton, who was mayor of Clayton for 20 years, around 1900 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a small example of Queen Anne-style residences in Johnston County.
• The Barnes House, next door to the Hinton House, is a two-story frame dwelling built by John S. Barnes Sr. in 1911. He owned a general-merchandise store on Main Street and later worked as a bookkeeper for Ashley Horne & Son in the 1920s.
• The Yelvington House was built by Benjamin H. Yelvington, who died in 1900. He operated a licensed distillery. The Italianate-style structure is a 2 ½-story, L-shaped house with 2,849 square feet.

Tickets may be obtained from ArtalaCarte chairman Dianne Carroll, 553-8818, and from any member of Clayton Visual Arts.
Tickets also will be available at Clayton Visual Arts’ free meet-the-artist reception Oct. 8. The 6-7:30 p.m. reception at The Clayton Center will honor artists Barbara Blaisdell and Marina Bosetti, whose work will be on display during the month of October.

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