Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Artists Daniels, Page featured next month at Clayton Center


Artists Robert L. Daniels of Raleigh and Adelaide Page of Holt Lake will be featured in the monthly art exhibit at The Clayton Center during June.

Their work will be on display from 8 to 5 Monday-Friday in the center’s lobby June 1-30. The show is free and open to everyone and is sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts.

A meet-the-artists reception will be held for Daniels and Page on June 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the center. Everyone in the Clayton area is invited, and light refreshments will be served. The reception is free, and dress is casual.

Daniels is a self-taught artist who had his first showing and sale at age 12. In his 30s, he created a computer graphics and IT-support company, designing logos, graphics, and web sites.

He took a 20-year sidetrack from painting to raise his family, but came back to art in January 2009. Today he works in watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, bas relief murals, canvas, still life, landscapes and abstracts.

With the freedom of being an “outsider” or visionary artist, he experiments in various styles and media, many times using vivid colors or muted sub-tones. He uses his visual experiences in the community and his travels to create a wide range of artistic themes.

He has sold many paintings via the internet. His website is

Daniels has exhibited in two Raleigh Visual Art Exchange juried shows this year, “Drawing the Line” in March and “The Road Show” in January.

In July he will have a two-person show at Tuxedo Junction in Wake Forest.

Daniels is also a musician and through his musical experience, started his first business at the age of 21.

A native of Raleigh and a graduate from North Carolina State University, he served as music worship leader in a Clayton Church for several years and has many acquaintances in the area.

He has been a contract instructor at Pope Air Force Base in computer-aided-drafting and design, teaching satellite reconnaissance imaging and landscape survey mapping for military drop zones and landing sites

Page didn’t know she could paint until 2005. That fall, a friend asked her to take a half-day-a-week painting class with her at Wilson Tech Community College in Wilson, and she now enjoys her passion for painting every day.

Her third work, “I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing,” which will be on display in Clayton, was selected to hang in the main offices of the N.C. Community College system for a year. Then it hung in the N.C. Department of Insurance’s main conference room for a year. After it finally came home, it sold in two days.

Page’s teachers include Clara Flanagan of Wilson Tech Community College and John Byrd of Johnston County Community College. She learned tonal painting from Dominic Vignola of Chicago and how to use big brushes and vibrant color from Bob Rankin of Raleigh.

“Painting relaxes me,” she said. Asked what was important in creating a painting, she said, “Form, light and shadow, multiple layers of glazing, and vibrant color.”

Page recently opened an art gallery in Dunn called The White Heron. Its website is

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