CVA April Newsletter



WARNING: You May Be Inspired! 


From the Director

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming” Pablo Neruda

Yes, it has finally come; the time to rejoice Spring and engage with nature once again! With spring comes a renewed value of fresh air and sunshine, and we here at CVA have a springtime challenge for you:

As you go about your daily routine, take a minute to reacquaint yourselves with the artwork which shares life with you here in Cary. A sculpture you may pass on your commute, a painting in your path, a work of art that has somehow become part of the background - art enriches you daily.  

 Not every piece is inspiring - we've all experienced that - but more times than not, art evokes thought, emotion and conversation. If you are in the car with someone, waiting at a stoplight, why not ask "what does that sculpture make you think of?" you may be delighted at the response! 

Cary Visual Art was founded by a group of friends and colleagues who shared values on art, community and their love for Cary. Our town is unique, beautiful and desired by many; let's remember all of the reasons why, including our shared life with over 50 works of art, so thoughtfully given. 

See you outside!

Programs Report:

CVA Public Art in Focus Outreach Workshops with artist Paris Alexander 

CVA has teamed up once again with artist and sculptor Paris Alexander as part of our Public Art in Focus Outreach Workshops, engaging individuals of all ages with disabilities. Last night, CVA and Paris, in partnership with the Town of Cary, conducted a two hour clay sculpting workshop in the clay studio at the Cary Art Center. Participants enjoyed one-on-one instruction to create clay tiles of various themes. From fairies to fish, creatures and animals came alive through a collaboration of participant and artist. A special thank you to Judy Newsome from the Town of Cary's Special Recreations Department who was there to assist! A great night! 
This coming Saturday (tomorrow, April 12) will be our second installment of our spring PAF workshop series, from 10 - noon at the Cary Art Center. Check our website for a complete blog and images from these very special workshops. 

clay tile lovingly designed at our PAF clay workshop on April 10

The Reflection Gallery at WakeMed Cary Hospital

View the current exhibition here

Exhibiting artists: 
Barbara Blaidsell
Ryan Clute
Madlyn Ferraro
Brooke Meyer
Cindy Morefield
Liz Roetzel
Julia Silbermann
Ron Tutone 

Local artists from Cary and Wake County exhibit their work in three month quarters, four times a year. This gallery was made possible by the family of Sandy Lappin, in partnership with WakeMed Cary Hospital; an expansion of the gallery took place in the summer of 2013 with funds made possible by the Cary Photographic Artists.

"Spring Meadow" by Madlyn Ferraro 

Young Artists exhibit at the Wishing Well Gallery at WakeMed Cary Hospital
View the current exhibition here.
Exhibiting School: Farmington Woods Elementary School 

The Wishing Well provides community access to exhibition space within a supportive and appreciative public setting. The program is a partnership between WakeMed Cary Hospital and Cary Visual Art, Inc. Since 2005 Wishing Well has displayed over 300 works of art from schools across Cary and Wake County to the hundreds of people who visit Cary Hospital daily.

Hannah L. 3rd Grade 



Join our talented team of dedicated volunteers. Do you have a special interest in the arts? Do you have a professional or artistic talent that you feel could contribute to the mission of Cary Visual Art? We want to hear from you!


Thank you to our Premier and Platinum Sponsors:


Spring is in the Air! Come down on Final Friday and enjoy samples from Fortnight Brewery, wine tasting by Chatham Hill Winery, live music by the  Fuquay Jazz Band at Ashworth Village and various specials at galleries and participating shops as part of April's Cary Art Loop!

CVA is gearing up for warm weather by offering free guided foot tours of our current sculpture exhibition, kids craft table at Emerge Fine Art.  To schedule a guided tour, contact us at
Thank you to our CVA Sponsors! 

Thank you to our joining 2014 Sustaining Bronze Sponsors: 

Sally Cox State Farm Insurance 
Harold K. Jordan Construction 

To find out how you can become a CVA Sustainer through our year-round sponsorship program, click the button below!


CVA 2014 Sponsorship Brochure

CVA Spotlight:
Rose Edwards

Rose Edwards: 2014 Art Ball Honorary Chair and CVA Charter Member

Since 1998, Rose Edwards has been a loyal 
supporter, volunteer and advocate for the arts in Cary. Ms. Edwards will be honored as this year’s Honorary Chair on November 1 at the CVA Annual Art Ball, celebrating 18 years of inspiring art and building community.
As a board member and CVA Board President in 2006, Rose played an integral role 
in forming and maintaining CVA’s philosophies towards public art, fundraising and community relations. Always an active participant in our various events - chairing the Art Ball committee several times over - Rose has tirelessly contributed her time and funds to sustain CVA’s permanent placement projects, community and educational programs.
This year, CVA is celebrating many things; reaching out into the community, new connections, and most importantly, our sustaining supporters who have consistently given to CVA for many years. Rose Edwards, being a longtime supporter and friend of the arts, was a natural choice as Honorary Chair of CVA’s most special night of the year.
We hope you will join us in thanking Rose and all of our devoted and long standing supporters as we embark on a new year of inspiring the community through public art.

Feature Article

KATAL and Kids Together Playground: Inspiring Community and Togetherness in Cary

By: Jessica Patrick

The Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park in Cary, NC is full of distinctive features and personalized embellishments. In addition to its play space built for children of all ages and physical abilities, the playground is also home to numerous pieces of art—including a large dragon that has since become a cherished part of Cary Visual Art’s permanent placement program and a recognizable feature of Kids Together.

This lovable dragon, also known as KATAL, was commissioned and placed by Cary Visual Art in 2000. Children of all ages enjoy climbing on KATAL or snuggling in the curl of his tail. The dragon has become such a recognizable feature of the playground that many children have come to refer to Kids Together as “The Dragon Park.” Constructed by artist William Moore, the sculpture is made of steel pipe, hardware cloth, reinforcing bar, and acrylic strengthened cement. Although KATAL’s structural make-up may sound harsh, the dragon is anything but. KATAL’s name is an acronym for “Kids Are Together At Last”—a phrase that reflects the purpose and mission of the entire playground.

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Community Calendar

Saturday, April 12
-Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival
-The Odd Couple @ Cary Arts Center
Sunday, April 13
-The Odd Couple @ Cary Arts Center
Friday, April 25 (Final Friday)
-Cary Art Loop in downtown Cary
-Granpaparazzi Photography Club Reception
-PAQA-S ARTQUILTS: Whimsy Reception

Saturday, April 26 
Spring Daze at Bond Park 

Vote for your favorite sculpture at our Spring Daze booth!

Saturday, May 3
-Debi L. Drew: Clay Refocused Artist's Exhibition; Artists' Reception

Sunday, May 11

-Nancy Tanton Student Exhibition Artists' Reception
Friday, May 30 (Final Friday)
-Cary Art Loop in downtown Cary 
-The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Triangle Design Awards Traveling Exhibition Reception

-Michael Roy Layne - Nature+Culture: Forms and Forces in Environmental Art; Artist's Reception
-AQUEOUS: Helen Seebold & Erin Lawandler; Artists' Reception

-Local-centric: Tipping Paint Artists; Artists' Reception 
Friday, July 18
-2014-2015 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition installation and Opening Night reception





Cary Visual Art is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization composed of individuals and business leaders who are passionate about the ability of public art to enhance and transform a community. Since 1996, CVA has placed significant pieces of art from all over the country in Cary's public buildings and open spaces.

Thank you to our supporters: PNC Bank, WakeMed Cary Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Dick and Jean Ladd, Atlantic Tire & Auto Service, Wells Fargo Bank,Ralph and Daphne Ashworth, Hendrick Cary Auto Mall, Luihn Food Systems, Inc., Paragon Bank, Paragon Bank, Cary Pottery, Dr. and Mrs. Michael L. Anthony, Dr. and Mrs. Michael L. Anthony, Rob and Susan Alexander, Gary and Genny Barnett, Bern and Kim Bullard, Jerry and Stephanie Bynum, BB&T, Cary Oil, Duke Energy, Thomas and Bethy Gruber, Sally Cox State Farm Insurance, Fidelity Bank, First Citizens Bank, Harold K. Jordan & Co., Kamila and Gene Gabbard, JM Edwards Jewelry, JM Edwards Jewelry, Monson Oil and Propane, Jim K. Wyatt, Zaytoun & Associates, The Green Kangaroo, Caroline E. Nickel, Cary Chamber of Commerce, Lappin Capital Consulting, Dorothy Schmelzeis FM Realty, Tim and Dani Devinny, Cary Pottery, Cary Family Dentistry, Ladd Commerical, Northwoods Animal Hospital, Rob and Susan Alexander, Parkway SleepHealth Center, Sculpture in the Landscape





Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CVA 2016-2017 Sustainers Circle

 Atlantic Tire & Service | WakeMed Cary Hospital

Wells Fargo | Dick Ladd | Hendrick Cary Auto Mall | Paragon Bank

Alan Copland | Apollo Medical Center | Blue Cross Blue Shield NC | CMC Hotels/SpringHill Suites by Marriott | Fidelity Bank | JM Edwards Fine Jewelry | Don & June Finkbeiner | Dr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony | George and Melba Jordan | Duke Energy | Smith & Smith, CPA | Rob and Susan Alexander | Sally Cox State Farm Insurance | Ralph and Daphne Ashworth | Karen and David Lamar