CCAC Kicks Off New Season

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Kathy Fowler, Cheri Kirklin and Tiffany Kirklin enjoy the dinner event, silent auction and holiday extravaganza during the 2012 Holiday Fashion Show

Clay County Arts Council, Inc. officially kicks off its 14th season Oct. 24 with a Fall Fashion Show at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Piggott. The evening will include dinner prepared by the Sugar Creek Country Club, a fashion show by apparel merchants from Piggott, Rector and Corning and a silent auction. Tickets for this holiday gala are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Tickets are on sale at Feather Your Nest in Piggott and Honeysuckle Home in Rector.

It will be a holiday theme and merchants are invited sponsor a table to showcase their wares and to advertise their business. Area merchants also may contribute items or gift certificates to the silent auction which funds the CCAC, Inc. scholarship program. Last May, the CCAC was able to provide five $500 scholarships to students of the arts in Clay County schools. Clay County merchants made this possible and CCAC members and guests made it a reality.

The evening promises to be festive with holiday music, delicious food and exciting door prizes and the highlight of the evening is, of course, the fashion show.

The Clay County Arts Council, Inc., founded by Gail Burns in 1999, has maintained a steadily increasing presence in the community for the past 14 years. The Clay County Arts Council is committed to conducting combined fundraising for the organization, presenting the arts in area schools, developing proprietary arts experiences and acting as a clearing house for the arts.

At a time when funding for the arts is difficult to find, the CCAC strives to find ways to fill the gap and encourage participation in any and all forms of art and in art appreciation.

With grants to participating art teachers, cash prizes to winners of art competition and scholarships to qualifying students, the CCAC encourages and rewards talented students and dedicated teachers and increases their opportunities. CCAC celebrations and productions provide entertainment for the community and showcases the talents and dreams of the performers.

The annual Night of Chocolate will again be a dinner theater this year, offering opportunities to the community to share their acting talents. The show this year will be "Murder Café," directed by Whitney Conley and auditions will be opening soon. This night, catered by the Traveling Wisk is always elegant and fun.

The annual art show will be in February with students from Clay County schools and those being home schooled entering their art projects with the winners receiving cash prizes.

In April, the CCAC will again bring the Bits & Pieces Puppet Theatre to Rector for the enjoyment of children and adults from throughout Clay County and surrounding counties.

The season will culminate with The Celebration of the Arts in June as the council pays tribute to special people who have helped to promote the arts in the community.

As evident from this lineup, the CCAC is serious about promoting all forms of art and it needs continued help to accomplish all this. An individual membership to the Clay County Arts Council, Inc. is $30 annually. There is also a student membership of $15and a family membership of $50. These tax deductible donations also entitle you to reduced price tickets to all CCAC productions. Other memberships are: Bronze, $150; Silver, $250; Gold, $500 and Platinum $1,000.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Clay County Arts Council, Inc. are asked to please contact Gail Burns at (870) 240-3014 or email Clay County Arts Council at arkclaycountyartscouncil@gmail.com . Interested parties may also respond to the organization's Facebook page: Clay County Arts Council, Inc., or see their ads in the Rector Community Guide and Delta Crossroads magazine.

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