Hadley home opened for Fort Smith Art Center fundraiser

story and photos by Linda Kaufenberg

A festive event was held Dec. 12, at the Fort Smith home of Peggy and Jim Hadley to benefit the Fort Smith Art Center. Approximately 75 people not only enjoyed wines and a bountiful buffet but also saw a display for a proposed new art center projected to open in 2010.

The Fort Smith Art Center is located in the Vaughn-Schaap house at 423 N. Sixth St. It is one of the few remaining examples of Victorian Second Empire architecture in Fort Smith, was the first home to be restored in the Belle Grove Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Thanks to Arvest Bank, Fort Smith Art Center was deeded the building at 1601 Rogers Ave. (old Superior Federal building). With such a wonderful gift, we are launching a capitol campaign,” said Teresa Carver, Fort Smith Art Center Executive Director. “We are exploring the renovation cost.”

The donated building will provide 25,000 square feet with state of the art temperature, humidity and ultraviolet light control which will allow for more exhibits and competitions.

“In the past, the art center has been limited in the exhibits they can pursue because of fire and security concerns,” said Amy Jordan. “We were not able to get insurance on exhibits.”

In addition, there will be room for a large gift gallery and internet-coffee shop, digital work room, library, large workshop area and a community room for meetings and special events.

Chairing the event were board members Barbara Hanna and Michael Hadley. Also on the committee were board members Sharon Reeder and Carver.

“Michael (Hadley) approached us about having a benefit at the home of his parents and we decided on a Christmas theme,” Carver explained.

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Jim and Peggy HadleyPeggy and Jim Hadley








Michael and Michelle Hadley


Michael, Fort Smith Art Center board member, and Michelle Hadley








Sharon Reeder and Teresa Carver

Sharon Reeder, FSAC board member, and Teresa Carver, FSAC executive director






Ann Filyaw, Mary Lynn Lawler, Janice Yancey and Maggie Malloy






Carol and Jim Glidewell and Beth and Bobby Stephens






Dr. Cole and Staci Goodman







Greg and Sue Plattner Smith







Kellie and Jim Slade








Mark and Cheslea Harper, Mary Lynn Cloar and Amy Jordan







Julie and Matt Ketcham






Todd Martin and Laura Hadley







Jim and Marie Gerlach









Peter, FSAC board member, and Margot Lippincott







Will Collier, Beth Pressley, Dustin and Jennifer Smith






Rebecca Smith, Bryan Merry (FSAC board member), Leigh and Phillip Merry