Arts & Science Center to honor its volunteers Jan. 17

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will honor volunteers who work on exhibitions, in the performing arts, and a host of other areas, during its annual Volunteer Night at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

The center will also honor Gail and Mac Bellingrath as this year’s recipients of the Margaret Spearman Memorial award

“The Arts & Science Center would close its doors without the thousands of volunteer hours that are worked each year,” said Lenore Shoults, executive director of the center. “For decades, the Bellingraths have devoted time and treasure to the center and we are grateful for their longstanding generosity,” she said.

The center exists today due to the efforts of many people and Mac Bellingrath, as chairman of the building committee from 1991-1994, is one of those who worked toward the vision of the building that is now the epicenter of arts and sciences in southeast Arkansas. The Arts & Science Center opened in its current location in 1994. Mac has also served on the center’s Endowment Board.

Gail Bellingrath has volunteered thousands of hours over the years, most notably for Potpourri, the biennial fundraiser that helps to support the Arts & Science Center. She has worked every aspect of Potpourri including co-chairman of that event in 1994.

Gail and Mac have two children, Kate, 22, who graduated in December from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., with a major in health promotion and a minor in chemistry and biology; and Duncan, 18, who will graduate from White Hall High School in May and will be attending University of Arkansas at Fayetteville next fall, majoring in banking and finance. Both children were involved at the Arts Center throughout their childhoods.

The center will also present the Catherine M. Bellamy award for the performing arts and “Good Egg” awards. Following the awards, the 2013 performing arts season will be highlighted with snippets from “Love Letters”, “The Hobbitt”, “Oliver!” and “Razzle Dazzle”. Light refreshments will follow the performances.

Volunteer Night is free and the public is invited to enjoy the preview of the 2013 season, offer congratulations to the recipients, and revel in this great community of volunteers.

The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. For more information, contact the center at 870-536-3375, or visit the website at