CVA Newsletter | Issue 1


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CVA Spotlight:
Richard Ladd
CVA 2013-'14 Board President

Submitted by Jessica Patrick

As president of the Cary Visual Art Board of Directors, Richard Ladd plays an integral role in both CVA and in the town of Cary at large. His professional background in construction management combined with his familiarity and connection with the Triangle demonstrate his investment in Cary and in the economic growth that public art supports.      

After obtaining his degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University, Richard entered the industry as a Project Developer with Bobbitt Design-Build. Later on in his career, he pursued development opportunities in both commercial and residential ventures through the establishment of Commercial Development Solutions and the Triangle Development Group.


Richard is currently Broker-In-Charge of Fletcher Ladd Properties and possesses extensive real estate experience including brokerage such as sales contract, lease negotiations, and tenant representation. Richard possesses additional experience from his development of many successful projects within the Triangle, and his construction services have included management, general contracting, and total site development with his in-house team.


Richard’s familiarity and love of downtown Cary, combined with his local roots, demonstrate his commitment to and appreciation of CVA. The Ladds’ ancestors owned land in Cary dating back to the 1920s, and family members currently own many of downtown’s well-known businesses, such as The Green Kangaroo, The Purple Polka Dot, and Serendipity.  

Feature Article

The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Artistic Treasures in Downtown Cary
Submitted by Jessica Patrick

Distinctive shops, beautiful churches and an old-fashioned soda fountain are not the only treasures found in downtown Cary. Twelve unique art sculptures line Academy Street for most of the year, giving the town an individual character.

Cary Visual Art is proud to commission the placement of these sculptures through our biggest event of the year. The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, or OSE, is an annual program that invites artists from all across the nation to submit their sculptures and stories for consideration. Each year, a specially selected juror is chosen to pick twelve artists and their sculptures from this large pool of applicants. Following many exciting events, the OSE sculptures are installed all along Academy Street. The placement of these sculptures showcases the artists’ work while giving the town an enchanting and cultivated feel...Read On.

Best in Show winner "Natural Embrace" by Paul Hill 

Placing Wayne Trapp's "Back from Kyoto" at the Post Office on Academy Street, Cary

For more  information on our temporary exhibition, along with ways to apply and volunteer, visit our website at


From the Director


For those of you who tend to burrow down during the winter months, it may feel odd to celebrate new beginnings when all you want to do is recouperate from the bustle of the last months of 2013. However, the time to plan for that new leaf is now and we here at CVA are embracing the opportunity through rekindling past connections and pursuing new ones. Here's a brief rundown of what's happening and what's in store for 2014:


2014 is the Year of Connections!


This year, CVA is committed to reaching out, reaching in and reaching beyond towards new community and program goals. We will be connecting with the Cary community in new ways; such as through more frequent eblasts, a new informational e-newsletter, special events for our sponsors and supporters and artist-led workshops and lectures. We are also gearing up for our 7th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, slated to open on July 18! Mark your calendars for this intimate artists reception where you can celebrate the opening of this exciting event, meet the artists and juror, and support the arts in Downtown Cary.

On November 1 we celebrate the arts in high style at our 18th Annual Art Ball. Plan to join us at our most celebrated event to raise funds and awareness of the arts in Cary; live music, art auction and great food await. Check back often for emerging updates on this exciting event.


Programs Report:

The Reflection Gallery at WakeMed Cary Hospital


The Reflections Gallery at WakeMed Cary Hospital is in recognition of local artists and in appreciation of the staff at WakeMed. The family and friends of Sandy Lappin (1947 - 2011) devotedly donate this gallery in her remembrance. 

 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.

"Club Cabanas" by Cecilia Guitarte - View the current show here



Young Artists exhibit at the Wishing Well Gallery at WakeMed Cary Hospital

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.

WakeMed Cary Hospital atrium - View the current show here

Community Calendar

Friday, January 31 - Sunday, March 24
-Mark Gordon: New Works- Vessels, Clay Sculptures & Mixed Media Installation
-Nate Key: Believing and Becoming
-It's in the Details: McKenzie Ringhoffer & Vicki Rees
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
-Mark Gordon Opening and Workshop
Tuesday, February 25 - Friday, March 21
-Art 55
Wednesday, February 26 - Saturday, March 22
-Julie Anne Greenberg: Symptoms of Nature
-Anne T. Lane: Color Speaks to Me - Beaded Conversations
-Cyndi Goetcheus: The Exquisite Canvas of Abandonment Image of Historic For Monroe
Saturday, March 1 - Wednesday, April 30th
-Jessica Chang: Florida Keys and Woods & Streams
Tuesday, March 25 - Wednesday, April 16
-Wake County Senior Games SilverArts
Wednesday, March 26 - Monday, April 21
-Tanya Casteel's Cephalopod Ink: Into the Deep
-Fine Arts League of Cary's 19th Annual Juried Exhibtion



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 valued supporters: PNC Bank, WakeMed Cary Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Dick and Jean Ladd, Atlantic Tire & Auto Service, 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, Sculpture in the Landscape



Thursday, January 30, 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