Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival



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Lazy Daze 2013 Featured Artwork!

The artist used a unique technique to capture the movement of the festival by using a slow shutter speed. Those things in motion at the festival are blurry and those that were not are more sharp!  This artwork captures one of the true essences of the festival - its people!

Featured Artist for 2013 - Heath Clayton

THE PERSONLD13 Heath Clayton
Heath Clayton was born and raised in Cary, NC. He climbed his first mountain, Mt. LeConte in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, at the age of six. While growing up he backpacked regularly throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. After graduating from Apex High School he completed a 23-day Outward Bound course in and around Franklin, NC. On May 5th, 1990, the day after graduating from North Carolina State University, he began thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with his best friend, Kevin O’Rourke. They both completed the 2,142 mile hike on October 11, 1990.

Since that time, Heath has traveled, trekked, sailed, wandered, backpacked, climbed and generally been an occasional vagabond in over 50 countries across six continents. He has hiked over 4,000 miles and enjoys friendships all over the world as a result of his journeys. He is qualified to captain sailing yachts up to 50-feet and a certified SCUBA diver. His mountaineering adventures have taken him above 17,000 feet on six different occasions including the summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Huayana Potosi (20,026 feet) in Bolivia. Majestic windswept mountains and the far side of the world are still his passion today.

Heath makes his home in Cary, North Carolina with his loving wife and travel companion, Suzanne and their young twin sons, Tasman Reilly and Fallon Chance.

Heath began taking photographs at an early age. Although he has never taken any formal photography classes, he has received years of instruction from his father, Marshall Clayton, who taught photography at North Carolina State University. The three photographers that have inspired Heath most are his father,Ansel Adams, and Galen Rowell.

Heath is an award winning photographer whose work has been selected for juried art shows in North and South Carolina as well as international contests on the web. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and can be found published in print and on the web as well as in private collections. Heath sells his prints to individuals and businesses. He was the first President of Cary Photographic Artists. 

The greatest satisfaction that Heath gets from his photography is when it inspires others to travel and experience different cultures through new friendships.

Jerry Miller Artist Awards

In 2001, to commemorate the 25th annual festival, the Lazy Daze Committee instituted the Lazy Daze Invitation Awards, now named the Jerry Miller Artist Awards, to honor the Lazy Daze festival’s founding father, local artist Jerry Miller. The Jerry Miller Artist Award winners are judged to be the “best in the show” for the Lazy Daze Festival. They represent a wide range of artistic forms and styles. Each award winner is automatically invited to participate in Lazy Daze the following year and is also exempt from festival fees that year. Each year, there are six artists honored with this award. 

Each August, the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival welcomes over 375 artists and fine crafters from all over the country to Cary. The Artist applications period has closed for 2012. To be added to the mailing list for next year, please email the Festivals Coordinator with your name, address, email, and phone number.