Precious Moments Fountain of Angels
A grand reopening of the
Precious Moments Fountain of Angels has been
scheduled for June 19, 1999 in conjunction with
the Chapel's 10th Anniversary. The once 3 story
amphitheater has been transformed into a 10 story
building according to information provided by the
Construction on the enclosure
began in December of 1998 and continued through
the winter and spring. Final touches on the ten
story enclosure will continue until the June 19
The enclosure was a significant
construction challenge, according to a
representative of the company, because of its
height and the fact the fountain remained in the
center of the construction area. The fountain's
center geyser rises nearly 80 feet above the
ground requiring the top of the enclosure to be
100 feet above the fountain.
The fountain features over 250
bronze sculptures designed and made by Sam
Butcher. The new structure will allow the
performance of choreographed water effects
several times a day.
Ozarks Fiddler Honored
with Heritage Fellowship.
Southwest Missouri Congressman
Roy Blunt has been notified that Ozarks fiddler
Bob Holt of Ava, Missouri will receive a 1999
National Heritage Fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts. This award is one of only
13 to be given nationally in 1999. The 68
year-old Holt is best known and appreciated by
the avid square dancers in the Ozarks where he
has played for over the last thirty years.
Blunt, a former history teacher
and student of Ozarks history and culture, said,
"Bob Holt has been making music with his
fiddle and jump-starting the feet of both
listeners and dancers to live music is still
practiced on a regular basis." Holt started
playing the fiddle at age 15 and was playing
dances for his own family and for neighbors and
communities by age 17. Holt comes from a family
with deep roots in Ozark music. Holt's
grandfather was a fan of fiddling and his father
was a enthusiastic dancer and premiere whistler
of dance tunes.
The National Endowment of the
Arts said of Holt's 53-year contribution to
Ozarks square dancing music:
"The fiddler provides the
backbone and the heartbeat for this activity
through what Bob calls 'working rhythm.' Bob says
that his father always used to tell him that the
fiddler has to provide 'someplace to put your
foot down.' In addition to his tireless services
to the dancers of the Ozarks, Bob Holt is also in
demand at festivals and workshops around the
country. He has a broad repertoire and has
mastered the subtleties of slow tunes such as
waltzes and blues as well. Still he remains
committed to the dancers of his region and to
teaching younger musicians the older tunes that
he learned from his family. Often when he is
ready to play, he will call for the dancers by
saying "decorate the floor," and he
always makes sure that his music delineates and
animates that time-honored pattern."
Holt will receive a $10,000
award at an official ceremony in Washington in
the fall and play in a free public concert at
George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium.
Holt joins a gospel singer from North Carolina,
an Irish musician living in Pennsylvania, a
Native American storyteller from North Dakota, a
basket maker from California, a master boat
builder from Maine, and a horsehair hitcher from
Washington state, among others.
National Endowment of the Arts
Chairman Bill Ivy said, "These performers
and craftspeople, who represent a rich
cross-section of American's many cultures, are
honored for their achievements and contributions
as artists, teachers, innovators, and guardians
and preservers of traditional art forms. These
people have dedicated their lives to reviving and
celebrating this country's living cultural
Art Camp 99 planned for August
release from artCentral
Were gearing up for
another show !! In two weeks we will have our
Membership Show featuring a number of mediums
from pastel to pencil and stone to steel,
theres sculpture jewelry, pottery, oil
painting, watercolor and acrylic !! This year we
have some new artists who have not participated
before...we welcome them to our humble little
Thanks to everyone who came out
and looked and bought. We sold several of the
drawings from the Wednesday Life Drawing exhibit
!! A special thanks to our exhibiting artists,
Mary Baumann, Perry Fleming, Jane Kleindl, Penny
Wilkinson and Kim Kissel Leffen.
Our 1999 calender is already
booked and good news! we have our first show
booked for 2000 !! Linda Stair from Wyster, OK
will show tentativly Oct 1 through Nov. 5. We are
very excited about her showing with us as she is
an excellent pastelist !! She is a member of the
Ozark Pastel Society and shows in the four state
More good news! one of our
members, Perry Fleming, won a Merit Award
recently at the Spiva Membership Show in Joplin.
Our congratulations to him !!Earlier this week we
had about 50 kids from Pittsburg come through on
an all day Carthage field trip !! It was great to
have them !! Rumor has it they were treated to
kool-aid and cookies over at Main Street
Merchantile. That Mike is such a nice guy !!
Thanks to Shea for bringing the little darlins
our way !!
Really, really, great news !!
We will be having an August Kids ART CAMP
99 !! So far our wonderful camp committee has
arranged for a camp August 2 through 7.
Thats Monday through Sat-urday 10am to 2pm
each day. A great slate of teachers has been put
together and will educate our young in the areas
of: Clay with Linda Simpson, Carthage, writing
and illustration with Riki Lipe, Springfield, MO,
mixed media with Judy Porter, Butler, MO and
computer altered images with Tom Jones, Carthage.
Each days activities will
be limited to 15 students. Your child can come
every day or just on a specific day. They think
the cost will be $12 per day and include
supplies. Kids will need to bring sack lunches.
For more information or to sign your kids up just
call Helen at 359-5233 or Sandy at 358-7163.
Thanks to the committe and the
teachers !! Its going to be a lot of fun !!
Wednesday Life Drawing as
usual. Thanks to Mary for all of her help with
that group !!