Artist Judy Crane to teach workshop at Small House

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

December 24, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close in a week, the Sampson Arts Council is looking forward to a new year and a new 2014 calendar full of a variety of artistic opportunities — workshops, competitions, art shows, artists receptions — available to the community. To kick the new year off right, the Sampson Arts Council has invited North Carolina artist Judy Crane to share her talents with Sampson artists through an intensive but fun two-day workshop.

“She recently judged our juried show,” said Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Arts Council, adding, however, that the January workshop will mark the first time Crane has taught in Sampson. “The Sampson Arts Council provides several adult workshops every year focusing on different art mediums. Last year, we provided workshops in colored pencil and watercolor. This year, we decided to offer oil painting, and we felt Judy Crane would be perfect because of her oil painting expertise and workshop teaching experience with the Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh.”

An artist for over 30 years now, Crane gained much of her artistic knowledge and expertise through art classes at North Carolina State University and Meredith College. She has studied with numerous well-known artists including Kevin McPherson, Morgan Samuel Price and Ricky McClure. She has also traveled extensively, painting all around the world in countries like Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean.

According to information provided by Donatelli, Crane “paints in a manner that encourages the viewer to see the subject as the eye sees a scene, not in photographic focus, but with atmosphere and depth of field. She captures the sophisticated and lush color of nature and of our man-made environment, and presents them in a believable and exciting way.”

Those who have visited the North Carolina Executive Mansion, Duke University Medical Center, UNC Hospitals, SAS Institute, Progress Energy, Rex Hospital, Raleigh Convention Center, and Elon College, to name a few, have most likely seen Crane’s artwork displayed on the walls. To see more of Crane’s artwork, visit her website at

Those in the community that sign up for the January workshop will get to see some of Crane’s paintings firsthand as well as learn her tips and techniques for working with oils and painting landscapes.

The two-day landscape workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Victor R. Small House in Clinton.

During Friday’s class, after enjoying coffee and getting to know one another, participants will start work on their own paintings under Crane’s guidance and instruction. Crane, who often focuses her workshops on shape, color, value, and design, will explain the colors she often uses in her paintings and will be available to help students individually with their artwork. After enjoying lunch at Alfredo’s, students will return to continue working on their paintings. Tea will be served late in the afternoon, giving workshop participants the opportunity to view each other’s work thus far and to hear comments and advice from Crane in preparation for the next day. On Saturday, students will return to their easels, continuing to work on their creations, enjoy lunch at the Small House, and receive final feedback from the Crane at the end of the day.

To take part in the workshop, interested persons need to complete a registration form as well as pay a $200 workshop fee which includes the cost of lunch both days and all supplies like oils, mediums, canvases, brushes, and palettes. Registration forms and fees are due by Monday, Jan. 6.

“The Sampson Arts Council will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23 through Dec. 27,” noted Donatelli, “but you can visit for registration info and to pay online. Registration forms and payment can also be mailed to 709 College St., Clinton, NC 28328.”

Donatelli encouraged all who are interested to go ahead and get registered as enrollment is limited and students will be accepted into the class on a first come, first serve basis.

“There’s a max of 20 students in the class,” she mentioned, adding that “this is an adult workshop and no prior painting experience is necessary” to participate.

While emphasizing how excited the arts council is to be bringing Crane to Sampson County, Donatelli added that locals should stay tuned for more creative events and learning opportunities from the Sampson Arts Council in the new year. “We look forward to bringing other talented artists to our community in 2014 to share their talents with our community.”

For more information and for any questions about the workshop with Judy Crane, please contact Kara Donatelli at 910-596-2533 or via email at, or contact coordinator Paula M. Fitzpatrick at 910-596-0000 or via email at

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at