S&K Dance Studio

Kailey Starks (left) and Skyler Martin of S&K Dance Studio greet Jason Wade, president of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council, with a check donating part of the proceeds from the studio’s “Wizard of Oz” performance to the Arts Council.

The Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s first Broadway bus trip of the winter took place on Feb. 8, with 55 people attending a performance of “My Fair Lady” at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. 

The Arts Council chooses two or three shows each season, organizes the trips, and sells tickets for the performance and the bus ride. It’s an all-day event for the Saturday matinee performances, which are usually followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant.

The next trip is to a performance of the 50th anniversary of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on March 7. There are a few seats available on the bus, and if you want to attend, contact the Arts Council soon. We love to see new faces. Veterans of these trips always mention how much fun they are and their appreciation of being driven and not having to worry about parking, especially. 

If you want to know more about the Arts Council’s 28th Captured Moments: A Photography Showcase, opening on March 8 at Rhea Public Library, visit the Arts Council’s website, phcarts.com, for an interview with Danny Kimberlin. He talks about the origin of the show, how to become involved with photography and the rewards he has gained from his lifelong passion. 

There is a 2 p.m. reception March 8 to announce the winners, and the show remains in place until April 3. Dr. Danny and Martha Jo Kimberlin are the sole sponsors, always with the goal of bringing more people into the fascinating world of photography. We welcome every age, every level of expertise, every place of residence, every method of taking the photos, and almost every subject of the photos. Entry forms are due by 5 p.m. March 2, to the Arts Council office or website. Photos are due at Rhea Library on March 6-7, with professional judging on March 7. 

Start now to consider what photos you want to enter and how you want to highlight them with matting or framing, and help the show grow from the 100-plus entries we saw last year. Cash prizes are awarded in all 10 categories, with a Best of Show prize of $100. Show rules and entry forms are online, under Photo Showcase on the Events tab at phcarts.com and available at the Arts Council office at the Lee Academy for the Arts. 

In April, the Arts Council sponsors the 35th Community Artists Showcase, an annual judged show taking place at the Lee Academy gallery, with an opening reception and awards ceremony at 2 p.m. April 5. The show features art in 2D and 3D in six different categories, with monetary awards. Artists may enter up to three original pieces for this show that ends on May 1. See our website for rules and application. 

Test your knowledge of useless information — our next trivia night is Feb. 24 at Perrylodgic Brewing. Food is available at 5:30 p.m., with trivia starting at 6:30 p.m. Teams are comprised of six people, with an entry fee of $10 a person. If you don’t have a group, we’ll find you one. Show off all the useless knowledge you didn’t know you knew and help the Arts Council fund worthy projects. All are welcome. 

The Arts Council receives many memberships, donations, grants and proceeds from fundraisers that all combine to help us reach our goals of bringing quality arts education and enjoyment to our city and county. We are grateful for them all. 

There is one we received recently that stands out for the pure generosity and appreciation in which it was given. S&K Dance Studio stepped in at the last minute last fall to help us meet our weekly schedule of dance classes at REAL Hope Youth Center. The teachers were committed and loved the enthusiasm the kids had for their lessons. 

The S&K studio performance of “The Wizard of Oz” in December at the Krider Performing Arts Center was a huge success, and the studio owners decided to share the profit with several nonprofit groups in the area. The Arts Council was the recipient of one generous check, with the explanation that studio owners Sandra Stone and Kailey Starks want to be sure our group can continue to sponsor events like that to inspire young people in our community. 

Helping Hand, our home-grown community funding organization, is auctioning items until Feb. 26. Remember to donate and to bid at 644-1695.

Our mission is to promote, encourage, and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts in Henry County, and we work very hard to honor our community support. Please consider joining us. Memberships may be mailed to P.O. Box 1045, Paris, or dropped off at Lee Academy, 402 Lee St. in Paris, or given to an Arts Council board member at any of our events.

 

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

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