CCAC Celebration of the Arts Saturday

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Christina Cox's oil painting of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer home is among the items included in the auction at the CCAC Celebration of the Arts.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

Saturday night's Clay County Arts Council's Celebration of the Arts, set to begin at 6:30 at the Rector Community Center, will feature a variety of items to be auctioned-off as part of the fundraiser. This year the CCAC honors Sue Hoggard of Piggott and Jessie Malin of Rector for their contributions to the arts in Clay County.

The celebration features local talent in musical presentations by Sherry Jennings and Chrissy Paganowski, mother-daughter duo from Rector. Sophie Simmons, Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen contestant from Rector will perform one of her spectacular dance numbers. Sophie is a junior member of the CCAC Board. CCAC will also be recognizing the scholarship and grant awards for the 2018 season.

Silent auction items offered always generate much interest because of the artists' connections with the local communities, the state of Arkansas and the high quality of the work.

A magnificent James Hayes blown-glass bowl in varying colors is expected to draw many bids. Hayes, a Hendrix graduate, keeps his art studio in Pine Bluff while studying in Murano, Italy, and has studied under the tutelage of the stellar glass artist Dale Chihuly near Seattle, Wash. Sara Howell Art Gallery in Jonesboro features his work, and he made the donation through John James at The Nest.

Local craftsman Barry Johnson, known for his intracity in taxidermy, is also a practiced wood worker, turning wood into spectacular containers and other objects. He is offering an eight-inch bowl for admiration and multiple bids. Jarrod Lowe brings his uncle’s work to the auction table.

Honeysuckle and Home places for the silent auction two necklaces by Arkansas artisan and designer Cindy French of Scooples Designer Jewelry of Marion. Ashley Wimberly, owner, and Brandi Cook, manager, offer these items for the CCAC silent auction.

Oil painting artist Christina Rau Cox has always loved art and has taken instruction from Paula Wewers in oils. She paints for individuals through contract and to represent small town life, farming, and love of nature. Her canvas of the Heritage Site Hemingway-Pfeiffer House is certain to gather a crowd and some wonderful bids.

Proceeds from the silent auction will be marked for scholarships, grants, and awards that are related to the arts and earned through dedication and application to CCAC, Inc.

The deadline for purchasing tickets was this week, although a few remain available. Those wanting additional information may call 901 496-5000. Ticket prices are $35 for non-members and $30 for members with the dinner catered by Traveling Wisk.

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