he 34th Artists Showcase opens at Lee Academy for the Arts on Sunday, with a 2 p.m. awards reception, with the public invited to see the art and hear who the winners are. Plan to come a little early so you don’t miss any of the artwork. There are six categories, with three winners in each, and a grand prize winner who will receive $500. The level of professionalism is always inspiring, and this show might be the place where you find a piece you’ll want to take home, or an artist with whom you’d like to talk about a commission piece. The show will be up through May 10.  

Sammy Goldstein returns to the Krider Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. June 8 in a fundraising concert for the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. It’s been several years since he has performed here, so the response to this announcement has been intense. Also performing is the Paris-Henry County Community Band, directed by Mike Holden. We are pleased to announce our sole sponsor for this event is McWorth Management, owner of our local McDonald’s. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for a limited number of VIP preferred seats with after-concert reception. Sammy always puts on a great show with lots of energy for his hometown audience. Tickets are available at the Krider, Merison’s, Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and online at  

On April 22, the Arts Council resumes its Trivia Nights series at Perrylodgic Brewing on Highway 79 northeast of Paris. Gather friends for a team of 10, and look forward to a night of challenging questions. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m., with hearty snacks available for purchase, and trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10 a person. 

The Arts Council was amazed and gratified by the response to our 27th Photo Showcase, “Captured Moments,” sponsored by Danny and Martha Kimberlin. The show attracted 103 entries in 10 categories, and was pronounced by the judges as filled with professional and inspiring photos. The awards reception on March 17 was attended by almost 100 people, who listened as 30 category awards were announced, along with one grand prize winner. If you didn’t catch the show during its month-long display at Rhea Public Library, you’ll have to wait a year before the next show is mounted. We thank our sponsors, the entrants and their supporters, as well as librarian Kathy Collins and her very helpful staff at the library. 

The Arts Council will soon have dates for our next bus trips for adults to theatrical and musical performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. These trips will be in the fall and winter. If you missed tickets for our May 5 trip to “Hello Dolly,” you’ll want to make early plans for the next trip. 

For the fall, we have a dance workshop series planned with the students at the REAL Hope Youth Center, our first time working with this very worthy after-school program, and tentative plans to bring a published author to Paris for a school program as well as an evening seminar for the whole community. We’ll    have more information about these new events in the next few months, as we explore more ways to support our mission of promoting, encouraging, and stimulating the practice and appreciation of the arts in Henry County.  

If you wish to help with our programs, either financially or with your time and talents, our address is 402 Lee St., Paris, or P.O. Box 1045 in Paris, and our website is 


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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