CCAC Celebration of the Arts is Held
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.
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.
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.