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The Duncan Area Arts Hall of Fame committee has the balling rolling for the 2nd Annual Arts Hall of Fame (HOF) in 2020, nominations came from all over the county.

Cindy Parks and Nicole Punneo, this year’s co-chairs, said HOF has a two-part mission.

“It’s mission I think is two-fold,” Parks said. “I feel like it’s to celebrate local artists and all of their achievements as well as improve this facility (Simmons Center Theatre) with the money that comes from ticket sales, because this facility has got to be maintained, and it takes a lot of money to do that.”

Punneo said last year, the group focused on replacing the lights in the theatre.

“This year we are hoping for a sound system,” she said.

One of the quotes for a new sound system came in around $12,000 earlier this year.

The event will be a one evening event like the Tony’s or Grammy’s with awards and performances. The date to save is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020 at the Simmons Center.

Set to preform are:

“The Two Belles” - two local violinists who have played at Carnegie Hall

Chance Anderson - country singer from Marlow

Chelsea Shores - dancer and dance instructor

Duane Paul - flautist of Native American songs

Steelwind - bluegrass group

There are two groups of people or organizations that were nominated under “Pathfinders” and “Artists.”

Pathfinders being inducted to the HOF are:

• Dr. Bill and Melinda Corporon — The Corporons rejuvenated the spirit of theater arts in Duncan.

According to a small bio, in 1981 they re-incorporated Duncan Little Theater and were active until they left the area in 2003.

“Over the years, Bill directed and Melinda produced over 25 shows,” it read. “They also acted and worked behind the scenes of many other productions.”

They were nominated for their love of the arts.

“Most of all, the Corporons’ creativity and persistence inspired the community of Duncan and kept theatre arts alive in our city,” the bio said. “They influenced everyone in our community with their love of the arts.”

The second Pathfinder is another family group.

• Diane Garis Davenport Family — the namesakes of The Garis Gallery of the American West at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center have made it one of the premier art galleries in the state.

“Artists include Remington, Russell, Catlin, the Kiowa 5, and other regional favorites,” the bio said. “The original 93 pieces of art came from the private collection of Jim and Diane Garis. Since the opening of the gallery in 2005, over 220,000 visitors have toured the exhibits.”

The Garis Davenport family is proud according to the bio “to be able to share this art experience with the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, the citizens of Duncan, and the visitors from around the world.”

More about the artist inductees will be in a following edition of The Duncan Banner.

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