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Community Art Show a Record-Setting Success March 2018

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department hosted its eleventh community art show, now known as the Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show, March 16th, 17th, and 18th at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center. PARD Director Penny Renfroe declared the event a record-breaking success. “This year’s show was definitely our best ever! The collection was incredibly strong, with a great variety of talent. We exhibited a total of 393 pieces of art from 102 different artists. This is by far the largest number of artists to participate. The total number of visitors to the show was also a record setter at 295! 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 look forward to building on the momentum for next year’s show in 2019.”

Renfroe went on to explain that local renowned illustrator Dale Adkins played a vital role in this year’s show as its featured artist. Mr. Adkins, who is best known for his original covers of Louis L’Amour western novels, displayed four original paintings at the show. Additionally, he was present at the show to sign prints for visitors. “We just can’t say enough about Mr. Adkins,” Renfroe said. “He was so incredibly gracious and generous! He did so much for us this year in marketing, advertising, donating his time, and helping us in every way that he could. We are so blessed to have him in our area and he is committed to contributing to our community!”

This year the show expanded its Viewers’ Choice Awards by giving awards in four categories for both youth and adult divisions. Visitors attending the Friday evening reception cast their ballots for favorites in drawing, painting, photography, and 3D selections for both youth and adults. Ribbons were placed on the winning pieces to be 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.)

In addition to the entries from community artists, there were photos by Shauney Lucas on display. This was the final year that the family of Miss Lucas will display her collection. Shauney’s photos were available for donations to the PARD children’s program or the Sr. Citizen Activity Club. They also gave away about 100 photographs to children as a way to inspire future artists and to honor Shauney, who loved to work with children!
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.

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARDS



ADULT DIVISION:
Drawing
1st – Dreams by Sabrina Thiel
Honorable Mention
Willie Nelson by Christian Cravens
Sweetness by Jeff Gant

Painting
1st – Chief Joseph by Mike Craig
Honorable Mention
Burnin’ Daylight by Jeff Gant
Stone Pathway to Lighthouse by Nancy Griffith
2 Paint Horses by Dave Allen

Ceramic/Sculpture
1st – Stoney Pass by Mary Ann Anderson
Honorable Mention
Steampunk Pitcher by Tina Meschko
Large Ceramic Vase by Tina Meschko

Photography
1st - Life By Design by Beth Berryhill
Honorable Mention
Axiomatic Repose by Anita White
Buffalo in B&W by Chance Kirby

YOUTH DIVISION:
Drawing
1st – Nightshade Noir by Maia Krewson
Honorable Mention
Boy by Trace York
Naruto by Diesel Wanamaker
Light Feathers by Maia Krewson

Painting
1st – Bison with Complimentary Schemes by Rachel Stegall
Honorable Mention
Sorrel Horse with Halter by Courtney Vanlandingham
Emotions by Justin Snow
Cactus Painting by Kaylie Khoury

Ceramic/Sculpture
1st – Tree of Life by Joseph Paul Nichols
Honorable Mention
Heaven’s Whisper by Brandon Munoz
Salvador by Morgan Brown

Photography
1st – Sunset with Trees by Madison Stuckey
Honorable Mention
Focused on Adventure by Kinsley Meeks
Leave Your Mark by Andrew Rumley
Heads or Tails by Andrew Rumley


Roger Wilcox Memorial
October 7, 2016

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is receiving donations in memory of Whitesboro resident Roger Wilcox. Roger umpired baseball and softball for the department’s youth leagues for several years. In every circumstance, Roger donated his wages back to the program to be used for registration fees or equipment for needy children.

Roger passed away on September 28 after a lengthy illness. The community of Whitesboro will miss his dedication to his community, his friendly smile, and his willingness to help those in need. The department’s staff is indeed grateful to have known him and to have had an opportunity to work with him.

The PARD is honored to receive donations to be used for scholarships and equipment for its youth baseball and softball league. Anyone desiring to make a donation can mail the PARD at PO Box 340, Whitesboro, Texas 76273. Those interested in more information can also call the office at 903.564.5964 or visit the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center at 400 Wilson Street, Whitesboro, Texas 76273.


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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

 

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Parks & Recreation Staff Director - Penny Renfroe

Athletic/Aquatics Director - Dare Nolen

Administrative Assistant - Jessica Hughes

 

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Telephone (903)564-5964
Email pard@whitesborotexas.com

Dare Nolen - Athletics / Aquatics Director
Email: dnolen@whitesborotexas.com

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If you should encounter an unusual maintenance condition or hazard in a park, please contact us at (903) 564-5964 or email us at pard@whitesborotexas.com  

We will attempt to correct the problem as quickly as possible.