Award-winning silhouette artist and children’s book author Clay Rice will take part in The 18th Annual Currituck Business Expo & Job Fair.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Currituck County High School in Barco. More than 80 businesses will take part in the expo, and there will be raffles, a silent auction and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

Expo attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a silhouette cutting portrait session by Rice. Space is limited, and sessions are by reservation only.

Sessions begin promptly at 11 a.m. Each silhouette package is $48 and includes two silhouette copies of one child. Additional copies of the silhouette are $10 each.

Rice’s intricate silhouette artwork − black-and-white cut-outs originated in France in the mid-1700s − is prized and collected throughout the world. He uses tiny scissors, and at an astonishing speed, snips a profile of a child or a landscape from paper. Rice estimates he snips more than 10,000 silhouettes a year, each unique work of art taking about 45 seconds to complete.

Rice learned the artistic style from his grandfather, Carew Rice, a nationally recognized silhouette artist who was described by poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s greatest silhouettist.”

Rice’s father also is versed in silhouette work.

Clay Rice – who also is a singer-songwriter − received the prestigious Moonbeam Children's Book Award in 2009, and a gold medal for best children’s book at the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) in 2010. His work is on permanent display at the South Carolina State Museum.

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