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Godwin Park RE-OPENED
April 2019
The new construction at Godwin Park has been completed and the Park is now OPEN.

Community Art Show a Record-Setting Success
April 2019

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department hosted its twelfth community art show, now known as the Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show, March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center. PARD Director Penny Renfroe said of this year’s event, “The show was a wonderful success! We had a great variety of art with from some very talented local artists. We exhibited a total of 219 pieces of art from 86 different artists. The artists ranged in age from five years to 84 years! The reception was tremendous with one of the highest numbers in attendance. The total number of visitors to the show was 196! We are so grateful to all of the local artists for submitting their work for the community to enjoy. We are really blessed to have so much talent here, and we are fortunate to be able to display some fascinating pieces of art. We have several local professional artists that participate each year. What a treasure we have right here in the Whitesboro area! We are already looking forward to the 2020 show and making plans.”

Renfroe went on to explain that local artist Michael Craig was this year’s featured artist. Mr. Craig, who enjoys painting a variety of different subjects, displayed five original paintings at the show. Additionally, he was present at the show doing a demonstration for those in attendance and available to answer questions. “We are so fortunate to have Mr. Craig in Whitesboro,” Renfroe said. “He has taught several classes and seminars over the years, and he has graciously agreed to partner with us at the Parks and Recreation Department and offer a class here! We hope to offer the first one-day class sometime in May.” Anyone interested in such a class may call the PARD office for more information.

Visitors at the reception on Friday evening were again invited to vote for the Viewers’ Choice Awards in four categories for both youth and adult divisions. They cast their ballots for favorites in drawing, painting, photography, and 3D selections for both youth and adults. Ribbons were placed on the winning pieces and were displayed for the remainder of the show, and winning artists were awarded plaques. (See below for a list of award winners and honorable mentions in each category.)

The show began on Friday evening with the reception for the public to meet the artists. Renfroe said, “I personally enjoy the artists’ reception because I get to meet the talented people of our community and ask them about their work, their history, and the perspective of their different pieces. It’s so fun to hear the artists visit with one another about their creative process and to hear about their inspiration on a particular piece. And I think the opportunity to compliment someone on their work is rewarding! It’s always meaningful to the artists to see that people notice and appreciate their work!”

The reception was co-hosted by the Whitesboro History Club. “The ladies of this organization add so much to this event by hosting the reception. We are so fortunate to have them as co-sponsor for the art show! They are great hosts for the entire weekend,” added Renfroe. The show continued on Saturday and Sunday with an opportunity for the public to view the display.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s first art show was held in 2008. The fourth show held in 2011 was renamed for Shauney Lucas, a PARD employee and local artist that was killed in an accident in 2010. Renfroe added, "We enjoy providing an opportunity to celebrate the creativity and talent of our community. Having organized the first Community Art Show with Shauney, it's such a fitting way to remember her and to continue to be inspired by her life and her talent!"

If you have an idea for a community special event, call the PARD office at 903.564.5964.



Painting 1st – The Prodigals by Dale Adkins

Honorable Mention:
Mariah by Vi McWater
Five Frosted Bison by Michael Craig

1st – James Dean by Lynn Johnson
Honorable Mention:
Eyes of Innocence by Nancy Griffith
The Boss by Judith McMillion Smith
Sweetness by Jeff Gant

1st – Looming Storm By Franki Saldivar

Honorable Mention:
In Honor by Peggy Delancy
Kissable Horse Nose by Jennifer Tuggle

1st – Cimarron’s Foal by Mary Ann Anderson


1st – Rosewood Forest by Kenna Grice

Honorable Mention:
Cole Man by Courtney Vanlandingham
Floral Moose by Kaylee Khoury

1st – Shinny Dog by Ruben Hernandez

Honorable Mention:
Rodriguez House by Stephanie Rodriguez
Beautiful Woman by Maia Krewson

1st – Cowboy and the Sunset by Emma Vanlandingham

Honorable Mention:
His Eye is on the Sparrow by Andrew Rumley

1st – Deer Horns by Frida Cisneros

Honorable Mention:
Giraffe at River by Katelin Houk

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Parks And Recreation Department

Jimmie O. Rector Community Center
400 N. Wilson Whitesboro, Texas 76273


Office (903)564-5964 FAX (903)564-9281
Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM


Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Parks & Recreation Staff Director - Penny Renfroe

Athletic/Aquatics Director - Dare Nolen

Administrative Assistant - Jessica Hughes


Contact Us

Telephone (903)564-5964

Dare Nolen - Athletics / Aquatics Director

Jessica Hughes - Contact Regarding Rentals and Reservations

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