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The Day That Never Comes, came for me last night ……

It still hasn’t sunk in yet.

 I won the Clayton Visual Arts Award for Excellence in Photography 2015 last night for my photo The Day That Never Comes 

What an amazing evening, I could not have imagined a BETTER one! This year’s competition was incredible, such fantastic artists and photographers from this area entered. It was an honor to just hang next to them. 

  When the judges’ comments were read by the City Mayor, I still could not think he was talking about my work. A part of me was thinking he was describing another photograph, maybe one similar to mine. 
When he said the award went to Kyle Wilson for “ The Day That Never Comes “ , I screamed (I think), then I put my hand over my mouth to quite myself, and practically ran to get my prize. 

  Afterwards I got so many congratulations and pats on the back I could not keep track of them all….. It is still a big blur. Thank you all who gave me a kind word, hugged me, or shook my hand.  

Then it got better/more surreal. A videographer/ reporter was then doing an interview with me about my piece. I saw the mayor behind her listening intently as I was describing where I found it and how I captured my photo. Then the mayor jumped in! I thought… “Oh great, a politician cannot pass an open mic” ! But no, he was not stealing my spotlight but sharing something amazing…..

HIS WIFE AND HE BOUGHT THE OLD ABANDONED FARMHOUSE WHERE MY WINNING PHOTO WAS TAKEN!!!!! 

  They bought it some years back and were in the process of dismantling it so it can be moved and reassembled. He then proceeded to tell me and the reporter the history of the house. I GOT CHILLS! 
  How amazing is that? VERY! To think That the photos I took were in and of a house that the MAYOR OF MY TOWN bought? This same mayor who just gave me my prize and shook my hand. 
WOW. Just. Wow.

(And YES, the mayor has pledged to buy my photo)
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Special thanks to +Holly Bryant for getting me started on this amazing journey and encouraging me this whole time. To Savannah for taking my camera from me and taking these photos. To Clayton Visual Arts for hosting this event. To my Epic Friends Circle for helping me select this photo. To Dad for teaching me about photography. And to all you family and friends out there who believed in me and said "You can do this Kyle". 

#Gratitude   #TheDayThatNeverComes   #localart   #ClaytonNC  
+Discover North Carolina +North Carolina Arts 
#LeftBehind  +Left Behind, photography by Kyle Wilson 
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Saw an interview on the CBS Sunday morning show and had to check this out. This one is great!!

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If you live in North Carolina, Georgia or Florida, I’m coming to your house (or at least your city). Here’s the official tour schedule for I AM HELEN KELLER, which goes on sale this Tuesday, September 1. And yes, the event with Judd in Miami is 25 years in the making, back since our first year dorm. So if you need a gift for a child, grandchild, niece, nephew or new baby, well…hint, hint. You can buy it here: http://bradmeltzer.com/book/i-am-helen-keller/buy-i-am-helen-keller/
NORTH CAROLINA
Wednesday, September 16th - 7:00 PM
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
GEORGIA
Friday, September 18th - 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
342 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, GA 30263
FLORIDA
Saturday, September 19th - 7:00 PM
Joint event with Judd Winick
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Ever wonder what the story is behind all those majestic abandoned houses you see while driving on the back-roads of NC? Come hear photographers and filmmakers share some of those stories on Friday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. during a free program 'Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places.' Photo courtesy of Scott Garlock, guest curator of our exhibit 'Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place.'
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Come join us at the 39th Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, one of the largest single day juried arts festivals in the United States.
   Due to construction, in 2015 the festival will be moved to Cary’s Town Hall Campus, a stone’s throw from the festival’s normal location. We’re confident the new location will be a great setting!

There were plenty of quality players available at the trading deadline and we did nothing!!! The Blue Jays went out and got a couple of upper echelon players and it shows!!!

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