Shauney P. Lucas art show back again

staff reports
Penny Renfroe hangs a painting during set up for the Shauney P. Lucas Memorial Art Show in Whitesboro in 2016.

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department will host its thirteenth community art show March 19-21 at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center. The show is open to all area artists to submit their art work for viewing. This event is entirely free; there is no charge to artists submitting their work, and there is no charge to visit and view the art.

The event will begin on Friday evening with a reception honoring all the artists from 7 to 8:30 pm. The reception is open to the public, and it is a good opportunity for visitors to meet the artists. Parks and Recreation Director Penny Renfroe said, “The reception is a great opportunity to meet local artists and learn about their work. We are so appreciative to have the Whitesboro History Club as hosts for the artists’ reception once again! They are co-sponsors for this event, and they do a beautiful job of decorating and hosting for the weekend.”

Shauney P. Lucas

Also to take place at the Artist Reception on Friday evening will be the selection of Viewers’ Choice Awards. Viewers may vote for favorite art pieces in several different categories: drawing, painting, 3D, or photography. These categories will be available for both adult and youth divisions. “This will be the fourth year that we have included viewers’ choice awards. This is a great way to engage viewers to really study the works and to give them an opportunity to actively participate in the show,” said Renfroe. “It’s also extremely gratifying to the award winners.”

The show continues on Saturday with viewing available from 10 am to 5 pm, and again on Sunday from noon to 5 pm. There is no charge for admission. Renfroe went on to explain, “We see this event as an opportunity for a service to the community. The arts are so vital, and we have many gifted artists in our area that are almost unknown. It is so amazing to hear people talk to old friends and say, ‘Wow, I had no idea that you could paint like that’, or ‘I never knew that you were a photographer!’ What a blessing to give those talented people a platform to showcase their work!”

The show was re-named in 2011 in memory of Shauney Lucas, a young photographer who was killed in an automobile accident in October of 2010. Shauney was a member of the Parks and Recreation Department staff and was instrumental in the early art shows.

For more information about the art show, visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s website at www.whitesborotexas.com/pard. Everyone is invited to attend the show at 400 Wilson Street in Whitesboro and view local artists’ work!