Clay County Arts Council Fashion Show at Hand

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Owner Kelli Malin models clothing items from The Treasure Chest located "on the Square" in Piggott in preparation for the upcoming CCAC holiday Fashion Show. Here, Kelli is wearing a Chevron Print Sweater, Denim Blouse and Black Skinny Jeans. The Treasure Chest models will be wearing Boutique clothing; carrying handbags from Hobo and Big Buddah and wearing jewelry from Sparkle Life, Lenny & Eva and other fashionable accessories.

Over 50 items will be offered for auction at the Clay County Arts Council's Holiday Fashion Show and Silent Auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Sugar Creek Country Club. Items such as a life-size shooter buck from Wilson's Outdoors, to the beautiful oil painting of a cotton harvest by Jared Vaughn and a living will by attorney David Copelin are just a few examples of the many items offered at the silent auction.

Area models show off new designs featured in local stores for the holiday season fresh for those in attendance to select and start a holiday shopping list. The evening will provide an ideal opportunity to get a jump start on Christmas shopping while at the same time helping Clay County art students attend college in the future.

"The arts are always one of the first areas that are cut when shortages occur in funding on the school budget," CCAC founder Gail Burns said. "Statically, the arts are always the area in which community support is the most necessary for success. Our mission to support the arts depends on you and your attendance at the events the council stages throughout the year."

Through the CCAC scholarship program, the council has provided $2,500 scholarships to students in Corning, Piggott and Rector to continue their education in the arts. The annual silent auctions fund the scholarships with the auctions, in turn, being funded by those who attend the events. The silent auctions are made possible through the generosity of area merchants who donate many wonderful items. In addition to the scholarships, the CCAC also presented $600 to area art teachers in educational grants in all three county schools and $200 to winning visual arts students.

"We are so grateful to the local businesses who continue to support the arts through our auctions," Burns said.

Donors for the silent auction include: Piggott State Bank; Liberty Bank of Rector; Regions Bank of Piggott and Rector; Feather Your Nest; Baker Implement; Cox Planing Mill and Lumber Co.; David Copelin, Atty at Law; Evans Jewelry and Pawn Shop; Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center; Hog Wild BBQ; Legacy Implement; MadPies Tea Room; Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum; Piggott Craft Shop; Piggott Diner; Rose Dale Farm; The Copper Heron; The Inn at Piggott; Treasures by EJM; Mosley Auto Parts; Glen Sain Motor Sales; Dollar General; Honeysuckle & Home; Harp's Market; Rector Downtown Drug; Janet Manchester; Front Street Finds; Wise Company, Inc.; Kennett Veterinary Clinic; Donna's Country Kitchen; Sugar Creek Kids; Treasure Chest; Suzy's; Piggott Florist; Piggott Hospital; Exterior Solutions; Dr. Daffron, Crowley's Ridge Veterinary; Scott Hickson Barber Shop; Glam-R-Us; Carl and Melba Bradberry; Hamilton Farms; Joel Boyd; Wilson Outdoors; Travel With Us; Jared Vaughn; Ashley Jones; FreshTec and Sweet Creations.

The event will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are available at Feather Your Nest in Piggott or by contacting CCAC members to reserve at the door.

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