From the Director: Signs of a New Year at CVA


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 7 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.


The CVA Team


CVA is proud to welcome our newest staff member, Shawnee Becker, Media, Programs and Design Development Coordinator. She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro and holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a Minor in Gender and Women's Studies. We are very excited to have Shawnee and appreciate all of her volunteer work leading up to this exciting part-time position.


We are also grateful for our devoted team of CVA volunteers whose valuable time and dedication make who we are possible:


CVA Board of Directors:


Richard Ladd, President

Sally Cox, Vice President

Jim Wyatt, Treasurer

June Finkbeiner, Secretary

Conall Callen

David Coulter

Jim Davis

Dani Devinney

Michelle Muir

Claire Smith

Jim Smith

Kristin Sutton

Sameh Toma, MD

Glenda Westbrook-Neilsen



CVA Programs Committee:

Chair, Jim Davis

Derreth Kavanagh, Secretary

Dani Devinney

Julia Daniels

June Finkbeiner

Pat Hudson

Dorothy Schmelzeis




CVA Fundraising Committee: 

Chair, Sally Cox

Ralph and Daphne Ashworth

Bern Bullard

Dani Devinney

Dick and Jean Ladd

Bill Lappin

Kristin Sutton

Glenda Westbrook-Neilsen

Jim  Wyatt


Staff Volunteers:

Jessica Patrick

Sarah Redpath


Thank you to everyone who works so hard for CVA; every group, every individual contributes to our continued success. If you would like to receive information on our board or various committees, please contact us at













Tuesday, January 21, 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