CCAC Celebration of the Arts is Held

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Regional lawmakers presented certificates of recognition from the Arkansas Legislature to those being honored during Saturday night's Clay County Art's Council Celebration of the Arts. Pictured are the legislators and those recognized which included, from left: Paula O. Blackwell, State Representative Joe Jett, State Senator Robert Thompson, Peggy Grimes and Charlie Grimes.

The Clay County Arts Council honored three very special supporters during the organizations Celebration of the Arts event Saturday night at the Rector Community Center. Paula O. Blackwell of Piggott and Charles and Peggy Grimes of Rector were the special honorees of the evening, with each having earned their recognition for countless acts of encouragement and support of the arts for many years.

"We are so fortunate to have people like Paula Blackwell and Charles and Peggy Grimes in our communities, who truly care about the arts and support our young people in their studies and careers in the arts," CCAC president and founder Gail Burns said. "We thank them for all they have done."

The evening featured several testimonials from friends, family and colleagues highlighting the honored trio and their unyielding support of some of the most creative minds in Clay County. Testimonials for Blackwell were made by Darrin Moore, James Magee, Cody Knight and Jim Poole. Testimonials on behalf of Charles and Peggy Grimes were made by Jeremy Moore, Madison Dancer, Fred Barker and Joe Burns.

Those on hand to share the occasion as the Clay County Arts Council honored Paula O. Blackwell were, from left: Front-Kathy Neasham, Paula O. Blackwell, Lorre Gookin, Erica Collins and Emma Gookin. Back-John Neasham, Bruce W. Blackwell, Taylor Mason and Alex Gookin.

Special poems for the honorees were written by Madison Cate, with Glenna Bookout reciting Paula Blackwell's and Jane Gatewood reading the Grimes' poem.

The evening also featured outstanding entertainment. Fourth grade students Kalaya Cole, Micha Harrell, Liberty Hobbs, Abby McCluskey, Summer Pollard and Callie Henson of Piggott Elementary School performed two songs from the musical "Project Peace," to the delight of those in attendance. Later, Bailey Haney performed the Martina McBride hit, "Anyways," and Haven Cagle showcased her talents in a lyrical dance. Sherry Jennings and Chrissy Pazanowski performed two classic showtunes, "Memories" from "Cats" and "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music."

Near the end of the evening, the honorees were presented with special artwork created by talented local artists Jared Vaughn of Piggott and Joel Boyd of Rector. Boyd's work was presented to Charles and Peggy Grimes, and Vaughn's piece was given to Paula Blackwell.

Members of the Charles and Peggy Grimes family gather for a group photo following the CCAC Celebration of the Arts Saturday evening at the Rector Community Center. Pictured are, from left: granddaughter Hayley Richardson, Charles Grimes, Peggy Grimes, daughter Kris Moore and daughter Melissa Dancer.

Following the presentation, the honorees gave heartfelt and emotional responses.

The evening also served to recognize the seven 2014 graduates from Clay County schools who received Clay County Arts Council scholarships. Certificates were presented to Haven Cagle and Madison Cate of Rector High School, Jerica Tate and Jessica Burke of Piggott High School and Carson Hewett, Brianna Halcomb and Gage Briney of Corning High School.

Master of Ceremonies Shawn Parker informed and entertained the crowd throughout the evening, in addition to reminding those in attendance of the important efforts of the CCAC.

The annual event also included the popular silent auction, which helps fund the annual scholarships, made up of items donated from the following area businesses: Feather Your Nest, Sugar Creek Kids, The Treasure Chest, Legacy Equipment, Hemingway Pfeiffer Museum, Piggott Florist, Historic Downtown Inn, Jones Furniture, Baker Equipment, Piggott Community Hospital, MadPies' Tea Room, Downtown Diner, Regions Bank of Piggott, Exterior Solutions, Barbara and Sherland Hamilton, Clay County Times-Democrat, Gail Ford, Glen Sain Motors, The Wise Company, Dollar General of Rector, Mosley Auto Parts, Rector Downtown Drug, Centennial Bank of Rector, Above and Beyond, Piggott Arts and Craft, Glam-R-Us, Judge David Copelin, The Cut Shop Salon and Spa, Dr. Bryan Blackshare, Harps, Burns Farms, Honeysuckle & Home, Crowley's Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Kennett Veterinary Clinic, Deli Cakes and More, Hog Wild BBQ, Memory Lane, Mirror Reflections Photography, Graves Gin, Subway of Rector, Rusty Nail and Plexus.

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