Arts luncheon sees positive turnout

By LINDSAY DYESS / Community Columnist

The Federated Women’s Clubs of Columbiana held their annual fundraising luncheon for the Shelby County Arts Council on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Each year the Vignette, Culture and Novella clubs join forces to put on this event at First Baptist Church of Columbiana.

Funds raised at the event support the community outreach programs created by the Shelby County Arts Council, including Writing our Stories, ArtAbilities and art classes at the Juvenile Detention Center.

This year’s luncheon was catered by The Fish Market, and the pottery pieces that decorated the luncheon tables were created by members of the SCAC Pottery Collective.

The Novella Club’s Pam Johnson gave the welcoming remarks and introduced the emcee for the event, Commissioner Kevin Morris.

The invocation was led by Novella Club member Bonnie Atchison, the presentation of the flag and Pledge of Allegiance was led by Boy Scout Troop 560, and Isabella Powell sang “God Bless America.”

SCAC Executive Director Bruce Andrew gave a short presentation about the influence of the arts in the community.

Local singer Austin Foster, accompanied by pianist Brannon Littleton, entertained the crowd with a medley of jazz and swing standards.

This event would not be possible without the title sponsor, Edward Jones, and the many generous table sponsors.