CCAC Sponsors Annual Youth Art Show

Thursday, March 16, 2017
All of the young artists who took part in the Clay County Arts Council's show at the Piggott Community Center on Saturday.(TD photo/Jane Gatewood)

A little spring snow failed to deter a group of enthusiastic young artists, whose work was selected by their teachers to be showcased in the Clay County Arts Council's 10th annual Student Art Show. More than 75 students and their family members attended the show held on Saturday, March 11, at the Piggott Community Center.

Three Little Pigs Catering, of Fagus, offered a refreshment table of fresh, homemade cookies and frozen strawberry punch which the attendees enjoyed while viewing all the displayed art.

Gail Burns, CCAC president, greeted the crowd and congratulated each of the student artists, reminding them to take home their art works and participation certificates. Burns explained to those on hand the art was grouped into categories by grade-level and added the judges had deliberated for three hours Saturday morning. Debbie Robinson of Rector, Gail Quinn Ladd

Piggott High School's Caleb Riddle took Best of Show honors at the annual CCAC Youth Art Show.(TD photo/Jane Gatewood)

of Corning and Susan Baker of Piggott adjudicated the show, awarding ribbons for first, second, and third place in each group and the overall Best of Show. Winners in attendance also received a cash award of $20 for first, $15

for second, and $10 for third place. The work chosen as Best of Show received an additional $50 check.

Art instructors in attendance received teacher grants for use in their art classrooms. Those on hand included Jeri Tate of Piggott High School, John Heath of Piggott Elementary and and Megan Owens of Corning Elementary. Each was awarded grant by the CCAC of $100 to spend for supplies they might not otherwise be able to purchase.

The winners of ribbons and prize money:

The top entries from kindergarten included first place Madelyn Weaver of Rector, second place Colby McCollum of Piggott and third place Tailey Reed of Corning.

In first and second grade the first place entry was by Madelyn Knight of Piggott, second was Charley Brickly of Corning and third was Rylee Wilburn of Rector.

The winning entries from third and fourth grade included first place Logan Gilbee of Rector, second place Jakob Cox of Corning and third place Tucker Dunlap of Piggott.

First place for fifth and sixth graders was Abbey Beck of Rector, while Gavin Fox of Corning was second and Emilee Marshal of Corning was third.

In the seventh and eighth grade competition the first place entry was by Melody Pennington of Corning, while Connor McCluskey of Rector was second and Piper Hicks of Piggott was third.

Louis Lin, of Piggott, was first place winner in the ninth and 10th grade-level competition with second going to Julisa Leon of Corning and third to Candace Hackworth of Piggott.

First place in the 11th and 12th grade level was the entry by Caleb Riddle, of Piggott, while second went to Haylee Samples of Piggott and third went to Sabrina Haneline of Rector. Riddle's entry also garnered him the Best of Show award.

The event is one of several sponsored each year by the CCAC in an effort to promote the arts in Clay County.

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