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Arts Council Celebrates 10th Years With New Arts Fair
Thanks to Gaye Bencini and the HC Times for this Fair ad.

In 2014, the Hickman County Clinton Arts Council, Inc., celebrates its 10th year of operations. Over the past ten years, with money generated by the Friends of Hickman County Arts, the Council has sponsored musical performances for young people, gardening and beautification programs, a performance of Romeo and Juliet, folk artists, created quilt squares, sponsored photography events, book signings and scholarship programs, to name only some of the events throughout the last nine years the Council has been in existence.

The Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations from supporters and funds raised by events like this year's Arts Fair make it possible for the Council to bring arts and cultural events to our rural community.

In that spirit and to help our supporters enjoy a fuller holiday experience, the Annual Arts, Crafts & Book Fair will earlier this year. The date has been moved to November 22, 2014. It will be at the same location as in previous years, the Hickman County Elementary School Gym.

With the pace of our modern lives, the Friends felt that many people needed an additional early avenue to shop for their loved ones. November 22, is one week from the wildest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

The Friends that sponsor the Fair hope that this date change will give shoppers more time to look over what is made and offered locally before the frenzied shopping post Thanksgiving Mall runs.

Imagine shopping in a calm atmosphere while supporting your own community. This year's Art Fair will once again offer lunch, entertainment, activities for young children, and gift wrapping. Of course, the stars of each Art Fair have been local artist, writers, and musicians. The prime requirement for each fair has been that each item for sale be hand made, printed or other wise, produced and crafted by an individual of this region.

The one true fact that emerges over the span of ten years of the Arts Fair is that we, as a region and community are truly rich in local art talent. Working with a core group of between 50 to 75 artist, authors, musicians and master gardeners, we have brought into Hickman County over 12,000 art and cultural tourists and art customers during the past decade.

Working with local and out of town artists, the Fair has made Hickman County a destination for those who look for high quality locally made gifts. The Fair's purpose is to provide a solid art event to meet the challenges and opportunities of new regional art and cultural heritage tourism.

But, at the end of the day, on November 22, 2014, we hope all who come to the Fair find truly one of a kind gift for their loved ones. Come see us on Arts Fair Day! Remember to mark November 22, 2014 on your calendars for unique art, crafts, books and baked goods. Plan to stay for lunch catered by community cooks offering a soup, sandwich, drink and dessert for $5.

Membership dues in the Arts Council and Friends of the Arts are $10. Contact editor@westkyjournal.com for more information. Member meetings held quarterly beginning in March 2015.

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