The Paris-Henry County Arts Council is very pleased to announce that Paris native and singer-pianist cabaret performer Sammy Goldstein is returning to the Krider Performing Arts Center for a concert at 7 p.m. June 8.

The Arts Council is producing this exciting evening performance that will also feature the Paris-Henry County Community Band, under the direction of Mike Holden, performing a few numbers with Goldstein. There will be other announcements about this event, so please save the date and buy your tickets early. Tickets are $25 and availability will be announced shortly.

The Young Artists Showcase awards ceremony and reception was Feb. 17 at Lee Academy for the Arts, with about 80 parents, family and supporters congratulating the winners and celebrating their artwork. Preceded by four Saturdays of free workshops, the attendees and other young artists in kindergarten through 12th grade showed off their creations in painting, drawing, photography, pottery, jewelry-making and more. Ribbons, certificates and cash awards were doled out for first and second places. There were lots of huge grins at the lectern as President Jason Wade congratulated the winners and thanked all the showcase participants and parents. The artwork is on display in the gallery at Lee Academy through today.

To produce the workshops and the showcase, the Arts Council is grateful for financial support through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and our local businesses’ sponsorships: Mahan Ford, Foundation Bank, Dr. Elizabeth Craig at Paris Family Chiropractic and Commercial Bank. Their contributions helped the Arts Council to pay for the teachers, all materials and the classroom spaces so that any student could participate.

Next on the Arts Council calendar is “Captured Moments: A Photography Show,” in its 27th year with the founding sponsors Dr. Danny and Martha Jo Kimberlin. It will be at Rhea Public Library, with the opening reception and awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s open to the public, so everyone is welcome to see the show and pick their favorite photos from among about 80 entries. The show will be up through April 12, and can be viewed during normal library hours.

April 10 is the deadline for entries in the Arts Council’s 34th annual Artists Showcase. There are six categories in this judged show, with cash awards in each category and a $500 Best of Show award. The awards ceremony and opening reception, with the public welcome, is from 2-4 p.m. April 14 at Lee Academy. Artist interest in this show is building and entries are already being submitted. If you are an artist, consider sharing your talents with the public, and if you appreciate art in all its forms, don’t miss this show.

If you wish to help with our programs, our address is 400 Lee St., Paris, or P.O. Box 1045 in Paris, and our website is Our office phone number is 642-3955. The Arts Council works diligently to fulfill our mission statement of encouraging, promoting, and stimulating the practice and support of the arts in Henry County.


MEREDITH VAJDA is treasurer for the Paris- Henry County Arts Council. Artyfacts appears monthly on The Post-Intelligencer’s Weekend page. The Arts Council may be reached at 642-3955.

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