Celebration of the Arts set at Rector Saturday

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The annual Clay County Arts Council's Celebration of the arts opens the evening on Saturday, June 4, with a buffet dinner catered by Traveling Wisk. In addition to honoring Larry and Cathy Norred of Piggott and Richard and Shirley Simmons of Rector, the Arts Council board will introduce the 2016 scholarship winners: Cody Christensen and Megan Johnson.

As a special component of the celebration, a silent auction of donated work by area artists will be open for bids as the doors open to the Rector Community Center at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to browse the various art offerings and begin the bidding.

Seventeen items, including a large impressionistic painting of Old Main (U of A) by Alice Ann Sowell Carlton and a piece of colorful abstract art by Julie McMillon will be on display and ready for bids. All proceeds from the silent auction are designated for scholarships.

Heide Christensen Carlisle of Jonesboro is the founder of Hidden Cove Pottery. She has donated a large one-of-a-kind salt-glaze pottery piece featuring three visages inspired and representative of Greek art. Christensen's work was featured in the summer 2015 issue of Delta Crossroads.

Carolyn Caldwell, retired Rector public school art teacher and volunteer at Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, has donated a gorgeous collage. Crafted of neon colors with multiple layers and techniques, the art is watercolor, tissue paper and acrylic.

Photography on canvas has become a trend in the decorative arts. Frank Staples presents Cotton at Dawn on a large canvas. He captured the beautiful cotton field across from Legacy Equipment in Piggott.

Jewelry takes on special meaning when it is handcrafted. Ella Jean Mack offers a gorgeous piece of green malachite on a distinctive silver chain with a silver setting. Molly Kircher's work features silver and turquoise. Jane Cook with Jewels by Jane has designed a lovely three-strand necklace, also with silver accents.

A unique piece for the auction is a river birch decorative bowl, hand-turned by Barry Johnson. Johnson notes that the black swirls in the turned wood are due to spalted wood, a rare marking. Johnson was featured in a Clay County Times-Democrat article in May 2014.

A wooden crafted pen is a sought after item offered by Memphis designer Jim Cole. Jim's work has gained in popularity in the Memphis market.

Dub Cook has donated a leather wallet with rose motif and detailed workmanship.

A novel piece was sent to the auction by Liz Rusher who lives in Fayetteville. Entitled Blue Hare, it's a whimsical painting on canvas with an alert rabbit whose face suggests mischief.

Friend of the community Randall Kingston of Paragould offers a beautiful scene in shades of blue with white tones, representative of his landscape specialty. He is a self-taught artist who has expanded his hobby through workshops and online courses.

Candy Hill of Rector is a watercolor and stamping artist featured in a Clay County Times-Democrat article in August 2015. Her one-of-a-kind art graces birthday cards, thank you cards and note cards. Matching envelopes accompany the cards. She donates a boxed set of watercolor art notecards.

Joel Boyd and Jared Vaughn, both CCAC scholarship recipients from Rector and Piggott, offer pieces from their individual collections. Boyd also designed and painted the gift of art from the Arts Council to Larry and Cathy Norred. Vaughn's work is known for its local color flavor and he has created a memory piece as a gift from the Arts Council for Richard and Shirley Simmons.

Sissy's Log Cabin of Jonesboro is donating another exquisite piece of jewelry for the auction.

The Clay County Arts Council Board looks forward to a successful silent auction that will raise more money for Arts Council scholarships.

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