Art From the Heart
The Rector Community Center was filled with the works of talented, young local artists Sunday as part of the seventh annual Clay County Arts Council's Art from the Heart art show. Hundreds of visitors perused the collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings on display throughout the day, with a large crowd remaining for the recognition of the artists and the presentation of awards. Students from Rector, Piggott and Corning schools participated in the event.
A total of 84 creative students took part in the event. Prizes were awarded to the top three participants in each division. In addition, Zachary Stokes, a senior at Piggott High School, won All-Star Best of Show for his entry. Divisional winners included: Kindergarten, Zailey Halcomb, Corning, first place; Cadine Newell, Corning, second and Kayla Kemp, Corning, third. First and second grades, Chloe Baugh, Rector, first place; Carter Pence, Rector, second and Ashlee Hoylman, Corning, third. Third and fourth grades, Nev Faulkner, Rector, first place; Clayton Kemp, Corning, second and Jaydin Bullinger, Rector, third. Fifth and sixth grades, Carly White, Rector, first place; Kassadee Pritchard, Corning, second and Dillon Boyd, Corning, third. Seventh and eighth grades, Kyleigh Huckabay, Rector, first place; Haleigh Ellis, Rector, second and Dakota Santos, Piggott, third. Ninth and tenth grades, Gail Quinn, Corning, first place; Devin Browning, Corning, second and Brittany Fair, Rector, third. Eleventh and twelfth grades, Zachary Stokes, Piggott, first place; Libby Lane, Corning, second and Taylor Davis, Piggott, third.
In addition to providing prizes to the talented students, the event also recognized art instructors in Clay County schools, providing $100 grants to participating teachers Jerri Tate of Piggott High School, Heather Frost of Rector Elementary, Carolyn Caldwell of Rector High School, Kristi Baker of Corning High School and Ruth Garner of Corning Elementary.
"This is part of our ongoing efforts to support education and the arts in the classroom," CCAC president Gail Burns said. "This event allows us to recognize the students for their talents, as well as support the teachers who go the extra mile for their students."
The popularity of the event is something the organizers are happy to see.
"I was very pleased with the turnout," Burns said. "This was one of the better attended shows we've had. There were people here viewing the pieces throughout the day and several stayed for the awards presentation. We welcome everyone interested in the arts and our schools to come be a part of our organization and attend any of our events."
Organizers wish to thank the Rector Community Center for hosting the event and Cathy Louder of Cat's Candies for the delicious refreshments.
The CCAC's next event will be Clay County's Got Talent, scheduled for March 9 at the Piggott Community Center.