Creason Clayton, After Fat Tuesday, 1994, Oil on canvas board, 11” x 14”

Creason Clayton, After Fat Tuesday, 1994, Oil on canvas board, 11” x 14”

York & Friends Fine Art Gallery will celebrate their third anniversary with a party to benefit STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) and a rare exhibition and sale of works by Creason Clayton.

Upwards of 75 Clayton pieces, including original oils, watercolors, continuous line drawings, giclées, and a few sculptural furniture pieces will be exhibited. These come from the private collection of his son, Dan Clayton, who will be on hand to share stories about several of the works, including the last painting Creason completed.

“I was approached to sell Dad’s work shortly after he died in 2006, but I just wasn’t ready,” Clayton shared. “But I inherited so much, and realistically there is a limit to what I can display, so I decided it was time for others to enjoy his art. My father was such a quintessential person, considerate and gracious, and he was very prolific. Some of my best memories were watching him work. It was just amazing.”

Clayton’s art can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world. His work is characterized by a bold and energetic style, a lyrical sense of color, and a romantic attention to detail.

Erin Daunic, Chief Development Officer of STARS, is thrilled that the organization will benefit from this event. “STARS serves schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention, and treatment to address bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. Ron has been a fabulous supporter of STARS for years, and we are honored and humbled to be the chosen charity for this outstanding event!”

The 3rd Annual Anniversary event takes place on Saturday, March 8, from 4 until 7 p.m. at York & Friends Fine Art Gallery. For more information, visit www.yorkandfriends.com. To learn more about STARS, please visit www.starsnashville.org.

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