WBC Hosting Watson Art Exhibit

(Walnut Ridge, Ark.) – Williams Baptist College graduate Stephen Watson will showcase some of his latest artworks in an exhibit that opens Thursday, Nov. 15. The exhibit, entitled “OBJECT-IVE,” will run through Dec. 7 in WBC’s Maddox Center gallery.

An opening reception is set for 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the gallery, and the public is invited.

Watson, who is currently completing his master of fine arts degree at the University of Alabama, says the works in OBJECT-IVE have a spiritual message to convey. They were originally created for display at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in conjunction with sermon topics each week.

“In sharing them with the church body, it is my hope that my work may serve the congregation as an effectual companion to the weekly preaching, worship and liturgy,” Watson said.

The artist said he set out to create art which would be equally fitting in a church or in a secular art gallery.

“Before this body of work, every attempt to merge my faith and art came at the compromise or diluting of my faith, my art, or both. I am burdened to make art as a devout Christian and devout contemporary artist, both identities carefully mingled, without adulterating either,” he commented.

Watson says the works are primarily conceptual structures. “They are made of non-traditional materials: from a tree to fresh fruit to tape measures,” he said. “Most are large scale: nine to twelve feet tall or wide. Some are site-tailored installations that transform the environment of the exhibition space.”

The artist is a Walnut Ridge native, and he is the son of Dan and Susan Watson. He is married to Lily Watson.

The Watson exhibit will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Maddox Center gallery. There is no charge to attend.

WBC Hosting Youth Ministry Luncheon

(Walnut Ridge, Ark.) – The Department of Christian Ministries at Williams Baptist College is hosting a youth ministry luncheon Thursday, November 15. The luncheon is open to students, church staff members and church members of all denominations interested in youth ministry.

The featured speaker will be Sean Mills, youth ministry consultant with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Mills will speak on “Developing an Intentional Student Ministry and Philosophy.”

The luncheon will be from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Moody Dining Room of WBC’s Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria.. The meal is complimentary, and all are invited.

For more information contact Dr. Walter Norvell at (870) 759-4150 or wnorvell@wbcoll.edu.

Hendrix and Wheeler Crowned at WBC Homecoming

(Walnut Ridge, Ark.) – Karisa Hendrix of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Bobby Wheeler, Jr., of Marion, Ark., were crowned the 2012 Homecoming queen and king Saturday at Williams Baptist College. The coronation took place before a full house at WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center.

Hendrix is a senior, and she is majoring in secondary social studies education. She is the daughter of Kevin and Michelle Hendrix.

Wheeler is a senior majoring in youth ministry. He is the son of Bobby and Teresa Wheeler.

Also representing the senior class on the homecoming court were Kala Tyus of Maury City, Tenn., and Rashad Danzy of Brooklyn, NY. Tyus is the daughter of Donald and June Tyus, while Danzy is the son of Cynthia Danzy and Ernest Lindsay.

Representing the junior class were Tieara Burks of Memphis, Tenn., and Jullian Jones of Houston, Tex. Burks is the daughter of Derrick Burks and Marlo Thomas. Jones is the son of Barsanett Offord and David and Kesha Jones.

Sophomores on the court were Chasity Hamilton of Memphis and Cogan Ford of Jonesboro, Ark. Hamilton is the daughter of Deronda Jones and Eric Hamilton. Ford is the son of Brian and Kim Ford.

From the freshman class were Allyson Smith of Walnut Ridge and Nicholas Scarbrough of Batesville. Smith is the daughter of Allen and Kim Smith, while Scarbrough is the son of David and Tammie Scarbrough.

The Homecoming court and the king and queen were selected by a vote of the Williams student body.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.