08/27/04 — Flowers chosen as new president of Arts Council

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Flowers chosen as new president of Arts Council

By Winkie Lee
Published in News on August 27, 2004 2:03 PM

The Arts Council of Wayne County board of directors began its meeting with a new president Thursday afternoon.

Mary Lee Flowers, who had been elected vice president, is now president following the resignation of Richard Hunt. Hunt resigned due to scheduling conflicts, but will remain involved in some of the council's projects, said Executive Director Alice Strickland.

Special reports were given by Ven Faulk, who is in charge of the Second Annual Swinefest, and Phyllis Woodard, chairman of the "When Pigs Fly" public art and fund-raising project.

The board was told that an effort is being made to recruit as many local teams as possible to participate in this year's Swinefest, a pig cooking contest. Teams will cook on Friday night and Saturday morning, Oct. 29 and 30. Barbecue will be judged on Saturday, and dinners sold. The showmanship portion of the contest will be judged on Friday. Entry fee is $100 per team.

The Swinefest will be part of the Feast in the East, which will take place at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 30, a gala will be held to wrap up the "When Pigs Fly" project. It will cost $50 per person and be held at the art center.

"When Pigs Fly" has included the painting and display of pig sculptures. Sponsorships remain available for some of them. People interested in giving can contact the Arts Council at 736-3300.

Mrs. Strickland updated the board about the restoration of the Arts Council's garden. Three Eagles Rotary is in charge of the project, and inmates from the Seymour Johnson federal prison have been working on it, as well as caring for the building and grounds.

"The garden has come along so well, so fast," Mrs. Strickland said.

T.A. Loving and D.S. Simmons companies have assisted, as has the city of Goldsboro, she said.

Mrs. Strickland said she is talking to people at East Carolina University about getting six to eight sculptures for the lawn.