CCAC Event Features Local Artists

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Student artwork will be adjudicated Saturday, March 14, in the Clay County Arts Council's eighth annual Art Show, to be held at the Rector Community Center.

Three professional artists serving as judges will bring their varied expertise to the plethora of artwork by students from grades K-12 in the Clay County Schools at 10 a.m. Judges for the event are Carrie Mae Snapp of Walnut Ridge, Diane Long of Paragould and Leigh Woody of Senath, Mo.

At 2 p.m., the Arts Council will welcome the public to a catered reception honoring the students, their teachers and parents. The Three Little Pigs Bakery and Catering of Fagus, Mo., will cater a light dessert reception.

No cost is attached to entering the contests through the Clay County Schools and the reception is also free to the public attending the awards announcement.

At the ceremony, student entrants will receive certificates and ribbons and winners will receive a nominal cash award. To receive these awards, the students must be present at the 2 p.m. reception.

Also at the reception, art teachers whose students have participated in the Art Show will receive the annual teacher grant of $100 each. Teachers utilize this grant to purchase additional supplies for their art classrooms. Art teachers must be present at the reception to receive their checks.

Student's skills in art are encouraged by their teachers and by the Arts Council, and Clay County Fair winners in the art categories received monetary recognition from the Council. Students who assisted the Council with the Pre-Holiday Fashion Show dinner also received a grant to their Art Department toward a future field trip.

Celebrated artists start somewhere and, usually, that place is in a classroom, encouraged by a public school art teacher to follow their dreams.

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