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Fine Arts Center announces new boardmembers, award winners

Posted: October 10, 2016 5:32 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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The Ben Bostic Award was awarded to the late Fred Sheheen. Pictured are Kristin Cobb, FAC Executive Director; Marie Sheheen Spring, Senator Vincent Sheheen, and Linda Shaylor.

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The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County held its Annual Meeting earlier in the month in the Jim & Pat Watts Performing Arts Wing  at the FAC. 

A brief business meeting was held and the election of new members took place. The 2016-17 FAC Executive Committee of the Board will consist of: Boyd Black, President; Linda Shaylor, Ex Officio Past President; Sibby Wood (1933-2015,) Emeritus Board Member; Beth Ford, Vice President; Carolyn Ham, Secretary; Claude Eichelberger, Treasurer; Judy Smith and Dr. Bobby Joseph, Members-at-Large; and Kristin Cobb, Executive Director. board members include Mary Ellen Jordan, Dennis Stuber, Ben Connell, Sheila Williams, Dionne Hough, Sandy Shull, Joy Claussen Scully, Louise Burns, Mary Ellen Green, Joe deLoach, and VV Kornegay. Retiring board members are Connie Frith and Laurey Carpenter.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Boyd Black. He has served on the board and has been a great advocate for the arts behind the scenes and in helping with the work of the board to raise money and to be supportive of the FAC staff for many years, and attends almost every event. 

The Harriet Phelps Service Award was given to Dionne Hough. She is a key committee member, performer, organizer and board member of the FAC.  The FAC’s annual Gospel Fest and Heritage Tea would not happen without her unwavering guidance and communication.  Dionne is co-chair of the multicultural committee and has assisted with numerous theatre and musical productions throughout the years.

The Ben Bostick Award for Vision was given in honor of the late Fred Sheheen, who was a founding member of the FAC and served on the first board of directors. 

“Fred’s enthusiasm was second to none.  He was the first person to stand up and clap at every event, especially the Gospel Fest.  He gave his life and all of those around him purpose,” FAC Executive Director Kristin Cobb said.  “Without his vision, we would not be here.” 

Fred’s award was accepted on his behalf by son Sen. Vincent Sheheen and daughter Maria Sheheen Spring.

For more information visit the website at www.fineartscenter.org.  The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, along with donations from businesses and individuals.


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