Student Creativity on Display at CCAC Event

Thursday, February 27, 2014
The eighth annual Art from the Heart art show hosted by the Clay County Arts Council featured top young artists from the Rector, Piggott and Corning school districts. Shown here are, from left: Front--Angie Banks, Chance Lopez, Ma'Kell Bray, Emily Selig, Kelsey Watson, John Ethan Swint and Jerron Bucy. Back--Mistress of Ceremonies Madison Cate, Rector Art teacher Joel Boyd, Alivia Cloninger, Ashley James and Sarah Robinson.

The works of skilled young artists from all three Clay County schools filled the Rector Community Center Saturday, as the eighth annual Clay County Arts Council's Art from the Heart art show highlighted a selection of striking and thought-provoking pieces in its continued effort to support artistic creativity at the local level.

Hundreds of visitors stopped by to examine the beautifully crafted paintings, drawings, sculptures and more on display, as students from Rector, Piggott and Corning shared their skills with their communities.

A total of 83 talented students took part in the event. Prizes were awarded to the top three participants in each division. In addition, Jasmine Brickley, a sophomore at Corning High School, won the Over-All award for her Split Bucket piece.

Divisional winners included:

Kindergarten--Angie Banks, Rector, first place; Chance Lopez, Rector, second and Trinity Estes, Rector, third.

First and second grades--Lana Burton, Corning, first; Ma'Kell Bray, Corning, second and Emily Selig, Corning, third.

Third and fourth grades--Jerron Bucy, Rector, first;; Ali Carr, Corning, second and John Ethan Swing, Corning, third.

Fifth and sixth grades--Hope Ellis, Corning, first; Jordan Ahrent, Corning, second and Kelsey Watson, Corning, third.

Seventh and eighth grades--Emilee Seegraves, Piggott, first; Ashlynn Mills, Rector, second and Sarah Robinson, Rector, third.

Ninth and 10th grades--Jasmine Brickley, Corning, first; Alivia Cloninger, Piggott, second and Pamela Gail Quinn, Corning, third.

Juniors and seniors--Ashley James, Corning, first; Justin Erisman, Corning, second and Jerrica Tate, 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, Joel Boyd of Rector High School and Elementary, 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. We're proud of their efforts and are happy to have the opportunity to share their artistic gifts with the community."

Organizers wish to thank Madison Cate for serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event and the Rector Community Center for hosting the show.

The artwork was on display prior to the start of the awards ceremony, allowing visitors to enjoy each piece contributed by area students. Refreshments were provided by The Travelling Whisk.

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