Arts Celebration will honor Joey Pruett
Joey Pruett knows a lot of people. And a lot of people know him. That's because he seems to be everywhere -- and he is always at work, either using his varied musical talents, doing production work related to music or volunteering in numerous ways to help his church, community, friends -- or just anyone else who might need a hand.
It is safe to say he may be one of the most admired people in Rector. And he has earned that admiration.
To recognize Pruett and all he means to Northeast Arkansas, the Clay County Arts Council will hold an Arts Celebration honoring him on Saturday night, June 2, at the Rector Community Center.
"Joey is a prime example of the arts in action," said Arts Council representative Barbi Anderson. "From a young age, Joey loved music, loved playing music and listening to music and this led to him being a lot of bands in and around Rector. If you love being in bands and playing music, there will come a time when you need lights on the stage and you will need your microphones and amp hooked up. You can wait around on someone else to do it or you can learn to do these things yourself. That is what Joey Pruett did, which made his world explode with adventure.
"Joey took his love for music and now sets up large sound stages. Everytime there is an event in Rector or the surrounding area, Joey Pruett is the one called to assist, do or help with the lighting, stage and sound. Joey's love of music has made him one of the most knowledgeable people about computers, how to fix them and use them. Computers are a main source on stage today.
"Joey never says no," Anderson continued. "Joey did the sound for the stage for the Rector Labor Day celebration for decades. He was called on to help out Gail Burns on sound for her productions when she taught drama at Rector High School.
"Joey is a very important voice and set of hands in Rector's Helping Hands Foundation. He assisted the stage crew for the first Johnny Cash Music Festival at ASU last fall, performs with the Ultimate Oldies show in Paragould and has taken his love of music overseas with Doc's Friends, to play Bluegrass and spread the love of Jesus Christ.
"Joey helps with the children's church program at the Rector First Baptist Church, makes sure the church's audio visual is always up and running, implemented the church's automated telephone calling system, teaches the bells to church youth and is now working with the church's elementary students teaching them to play colored bells.
"Joey is always helping, always learning and always lending a hand. When asked why he does it, he says humbly, 'I never think about it. I just do it. I don't understand why others don't help out their communities. It takes us all.'"
Other performing artists for the June 2 celebration will include Country Stache, Rockin' Country, Perfect Peace, Patchwork, Doc's Friends and those involved in Paragould's Ultimate Oldies shows.
Tickets for the event now are on sale at $30 for Arts Council members and $35 for non members. Dinner will be catered by the Traveling Whisk of Kennett, Mo.
The event also will include a silent auction, featuring a large number of items sure to catch the interest of everyone present.