CCAC Celebrates Young Artists

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Winners in the kindergarten division included, from left: Adam Holmes of Rector with an honorable mention, first place winner Malayna Isgriggs of Corning, third place finisher Briana Johnson of Rector and second place finisher Mollie Croomer of Piggott.(TD photo/Jane Gatewood)

By 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, a crowd had begun to gather at the Rector Community Center for the Eighth Annual Clay County Arts Council Art Show and Reception. This year s theme, The Art of Imagination, was displayed in over 100 art pieces in grades K-12 from Corning, Piggott and Rector schools. Over 125 excited parents, grandparents, siblings and friends attended the event in support of the local artists.

All schools from Clay County were well represented and three teachers took home grant checks in the amount of $100 each for additional supplies for their art classrooms. These teachers are Jerri Tate from Piggott schools, Julie Davis from Piggott schools and Kristi Baker from Corning schools.

Three judges adjudicated the art work between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, giving all the artists congratulations on their pieces and saying they were pleased with the talent presented for the show. Carrie Mae Snapp of Walnut Ridge, Diane Long of Paragould and Leigh Woody of Senath, Mo., participated as judges and received an honorarium from the Council.

Winners in the first and second grade division at the CCAC art show included, from left: Chloe McCurry of Rector for honorable mention, third place finisher Austin Simmons of Rector and first place winner Christopher Bautista of Piggott. Not pictured was second place finisher Madison Buchanan of Corning.

A delicious buffet table featuring spring colors of turquoise and silver was prepared by 3 Little Pigs Bakery and Catering of Fagus, Mo. Featuring an assortment of cookies and refreshing punch, Holly Fincher s decorated table brought a touch of spring to an otherwise rainy afternoon.

Frank Staples was on hand to take individual and group photographs as each artist received a certificate recognizing participation in the Art Show. Award ribbons in categories of first, second, third and Best of Show were presented to the winners. Those students present also received a nominal cash award from the Council.

Kindergarten winners are: Adam Holmes (HM) of Rector, Briana Johnson (3rd) of Rector, Mollie Croomer (2nd) of Piggott and Malayna Isgriggs (1st) of Corning with her work Dance of the Unicorn.

The winner in the third and fourth grade division was Madison Nutt of Rector (left) while Gracie Gilbert of Rector (right) took third place honors. Not pictured were the second place finisher, Shane Neill of Corning, and Justin Frazier, of Piggott, who received an honorable mention.

Grades 1-2 winners are: Chloe McCurry (HM) of Recctor, Austin Simmons (3rd) of Rector, Madison Buchanan (2nd) of Corning and Christopher Bautista (1st) of Piggott with his picture Line Sun.

Grades 3-4 winners are: Justin Frazier (HM) of Piggott, Gracie Gilbert (3rd) of Rector, Shane Neill (2nd) of Corning and Madison Nutt (1st) of Rector with an untitled work.

Grades 5-6 winners are: Bryan Provow (HM) of Corning, Brian Lane (3rd) of Corning, Trey Horton (2nd) of Rector and Laura Moore (1st) of Corning with a large ceramic piece in browns and greens entitled Udu Drum.

Laura Moore of Corning took first place in the fifth and sixth grade category with her large ceramic piece entitled, "Udu Drum." Not pictured was second place finisher Trey Horton of Rector, third place finisher Brian Lane of Corning and honorable mention recipient Bryan Provow of Corning.

Grades 7-8 winners are: Kaylee Pence (3rd) of Rector, Ben Owens (2nd) of Rector and Hannah Blankenship (1st) of Corning with Unconditional Love.

Grades 9-10 winners are: Caleb Hovis (3rd) of Corning, Natalie Ritter (2nd) of Rector and Cassandra Tharp (1st) of Piggott with an interpretation of Lonely.

Grades 11-12 winners are: Conner Boyster (3rd) of Piggott, Jacob Hadley (2nd) of Corning and Cody Crittenden (1st) with Skull.

Cody Crittenden (left) of Piggott took first place in the competition for juniors and seniors in high school, while Jacob Hadley of Corning (center) was second. Meanwhile, Gail Quinn of Corning took home Best of Show honors from the same class. Not pictured was third place finisher Conner Boyster of Piggott.

Best of Show was awarded to Gail Quinn of Corning in grades 11-12 with a ceramic piece entitled Old Man Nature. In addition to the Best of Show Ribbon, Gail received a check for $25 from the Council.

Gail Burns served as Master of Ceremonies, assisted by council members Cody Knight, John James, Jerry Chilcutt, Lisa Jett, Cathy Norred and Jane Gatewood.

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