Western artist to be featured speaker at 87th chamber banquet

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The Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce will host its 87th annual chamber banquet Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Holman Center, 211 N. Clay, Henrietta.  The Chamber was first chartered in 1927, and to celebrate its record-breaking growth, the board of directors is bringing featured artist Jack Stevens as the banquet’s speaker and entertainment.

Stevens was born in 1934 in a small ranching community in West Texas. Orphaned when he was about 12, he lived with his brother on the river for about three years. He then went to work on cattle ranches in West Texas and New Mexico during the rodeo off-season.

Today he works on paintings, sculptures and drawings at his home, full time, since 1970.

Dean Krakel, former managing director of Cowboy Hall of Fame, has said “Jack Stevens has a fine and real feeling for the subjects he sculpts and the West. He has the working cowboy’s outlook on life as well as artistically.” He is just right for depicting the West as it was, and still is. He has lived it, and still lives it. And his work will live on as an artistic memory of a great heritage. Stevens’ sculptures and paintings will carry the heart beat of America’s western culture throughout the ages. Jack Stevens offers the pride of the west and you can share in that pride.

During the banquet, the newly elected 2014 Directors will be introduced by incoming President Amy Payne.  Outgoing President Randy Schaffner will recognize the Chamber’s retiring directors for their dedicated service. They are Kelley Bloodworth of the City of Henrietta, Duaine Covert of RoadTrac, Inc., Kathy Pierce of Pierce Sales, and Lisa Swenson of Clay County Memorial Hospital.

The evening will conclude with the recognition of the nominees and recipients of 2013 Business of the Year, 2013 Individual of the Year and the 2013 Community Beautification Award.  Banquet attendees will also have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for several luxurious gift baskets and to bid on silent auction items.

Banquet tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Tickets are available at the chamber office, Legend Bank, First National Bank of Byers and Wells Fargo Bank.  Tables seating 8 are available for $200. Call the chamber office at (940) 538-5261 or contact by e-mail at claycountychamber@sbcglobal.net to reserve a table. Seating is limited.

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