Clay County performers showcase talent

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Larry Norred of Piggott performs during the CCAC event

The First United Methodist Church in Piggott hosted the Clay County Arts Council Sunday afternoon as the council presented an "Arts Celebration." Also billed as "A Concert of Clay County Talent," the program lived up to its promise.

Miss Sydney Simmons of Rector, serving as Mistress of Ceremonies, gave a welcome address and introduced the performers. The program opened with a beautiful piano duet of "Jesus Is All the World to Me" by acclaimed Piggott pianists Larry Norred and Kenneth Renshaw. They were followed by a delightful piano solo by Connor Boyster, playing "Linus and Lucy."

The afternoon continued with entertainment which included many examples of the performing arts. Ranging from piano to guitar to vocal to monologue, the performers presented music from classical to gospel to hymns to show tunes.

Sophie Simmons singing "Maybe"

Participants included professionals, students and very talented amateurs. All came together to keep the audience entranced for almost two hours.

Other pianists performing were Louis Lin playing "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands," Colton Haywood playing "The Entertainer," Miranda Allen playing Bach's "Prelude in C," and Jim Copeland playing "Dire Dire Docks."

Julianna Jordon played three diverse solo pieces -- "My Heart Will Go On," "Canon in D" and "Song of the Swans." Sandra Routszong played two piano duets with Kenneth Renshaw.

Lindsey Ford entertained crowd, singing a solo, "Girl in 14G." Later Lindsey and Haven Cagle performed a moving duet of "In His Eyes." Logan Wilson sang a soulful "I Told You So" to the accompaniment of guitarist Andrew Rathel. Jaimie Wilson shared his beautiful voice with the audience as well.

Sydney Simmons sang "Till There Was You" and presented an emotional monologue from "Steel Magnolias." Also performing a vocal number was Sophie Simmons, who sang "Maybe." The choir from the Piggott First United Methodist Church sang three hymns.

The event, organized by Renshaw, was well attended with more than 100 coming from Piggott, Rector, Kennett and Holcomb.

In closing, Gail Burns, president of the Clay County Arts Council, Inc., issued an invitation to anyone who would like to become part of this progressive organization. The mission of the Clay County Arts Council, Inc., is to conduct combined fundraising, present the arts in area schools, develop proprietary arts experiences and act as a clearing house for the arts.

Some of the upcoming events include: scholarships (applications are due May 1); Art Show and Reception on May 19; Arts Camp and Irish Dance Workshop, May 27 thru June 2; "Celebration of The Arts" honoring Joey Pruett on June 2; first meeting of the 2012-2013 year on Sept. 6, and the annual "Night of Chocolate" Dinner Theatre in December.

The council also organizes trips to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis and to New York City. Those who enjoy any or all of the arts and want to be a part of this group may contact Burns at (870) 240-3014.

A cookies and punch reception was catered by Cathy Louder of Rector, owner of Cat's Candy,

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