ARTifacts 1/25/13

Friday, January 25, 2013

Winner of poetry contest announced 

Callie Lewis of Arcadia Valley High School was declared the winner Saturday of the Regional Poetry Out Load Competition, hosted by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri at Port Cape Girardeau. She will represent the Southeast Missouri Region at a statewide competition. The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for high school students encourages the nation's youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. Representatives from five area schools participated in this year's regional competition: Jackson High School, Notre Dame Regional High School, Arcadia Valley High School, Ranch Campus in Lesterville, Mo., and New Madrid County Central High School. For more information about the Poetry Out Loud Contest, visit

Baffoni to perform faculty clarinet recital

Gabrielle Baffoni, an instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University, will perform a clarinet recital on at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus. The recital, with Matt Yount on piano, is presented by Southeast's Department of Music and is part of the university's Faculty and Guest Recitals series. Baffoni will perform pieces by Ernesto Cavallini, Elliott Carter, Bohuslav Martinu, Victor Babin and Leonard Bernstein. Tickets may be purchased weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., by calling 651-2265 or online at

Children's Arts Festival slated for February

The Southeast Missouri Arts Council, 32 N. Main St., will host a reception for the 13th Annual Children's Arts Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. This exhibit, which features visual art pieces and poetry by children from 21 local schools, will be on display until Feb. 23. Introduced in 2000, the Children's Arts Festival was developed to showcase what local art teachers and their students are doing in their classrooms. The show is juried, and the top eight entries in each age group, from 3rd to 8th grade, are featured in a booklet distributed at the event. The student poetry section, which was introduced last year, will be continued in this year's festival. Students were prompted to write poetry about Grant Wood's piece "American Gothic." One winner will be selected from each grade level for this category, as well.

Pageant will select America's Sweetheart

America's Sweetheart Pageant, presented by Beautiful Me Productions, will be held Feb. 9 at West Park Mall. Registration is at 4 p.m. and start time is at 5 p.m. A king and queen will be selected in each age group. Those divisions for boys are 0-24 months, 2-4 years, and 5 years and older. For girls, the divisions are 0-11 months, 12-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years and 15 years and up. For more information about contest rules and entry fees, contact Lisa Boyer at 382-1748 or at

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