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Whitesboro Hosts Fifth Community Art Show
The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department hosted its eight art show, now known as the Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show, March 6th through 8th at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center. PARD Director Penny Renfroe declared the event a great success. “We exhibited a total of 286 pieces of art from 40 different artists! We are so grateful to the local artists for submitting a great variety of art for the community to enjoy! We are really blessed to have such talent here, and to be able to display an amazing quality of pieces! We even had several professional artists participating! What a treasure we have right here in Whitesboro!”
In addition to the entries from community artists, there were over 100 photos by Shauney Lucas on display. This was an opportunity to publicize the Shauney P. Lucas Memorial Fund, and photos were sold to raise money for the fund that grants multiple scholarships. Anyone interested may still donate to that fund by calling Karen at 903.564.5964.
The show began on Friday evening with a reception for the public to meet the artists. Renfroe said, “I personally enjoy the artists’ reception because I get to see young artists interact with older counterparts! It’s gratifying to hear the older artists encourage the younger artists! And I think the chance to compliment someone on their work is rewarding! It’s always meaningful to the artists to see that people notice and appreciate their work!” Participating artists ranged in age from 5 years to age 89!
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.
Boy Scouts Honor Whitesboro Hero Charlie Baum
“Life is good. I do not harbor any animosity for the things that happened to me. Would I do it all again? Yes, I sure would. We’re the luckiest people on earth. You’ve got to go through something to appreciate it.” ~~ Charlie Baum
These words seem surprising coming from the man that enlisted voluntarily in the Army Air Corps, endured the 100 mile Bataan Death March, survived forty-two months as a prisoner of war, and weighed eighty-six pounds when he was freed. Whitesboro native Charles Baum, World War II veteran, was the epitome of honor, courage, valor, and fortitude. Lest the sacrifice of this hero be forgotten, a local Boy Scout is on a mission to create a lasting memorial to Mr. Baum.
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Jimmie O. Rector Community Center
400 N. Wilson Whitesboro, Texas 76273
Office (903)564-5964 FAX (903)564-9281
- Sonny Croney
- Jeff Butts
- Chris Dobbs
- Jim Schuessler
- Allyson Russell
Parks & Recreation Staff Director - Penny Renfroe
Athletic/Aquatics Director - Dare Nolen
Administrative Assistant - Karen Bain
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