Photos: (from left) Olivia Bennett-Bear and Sue Whittington
The Calico Rock Community Foundation has two new members elected to its board of trustees. Olivia Bennett-Bear and Sue Whittington were elected to the board which oversees the Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center and is engaged in various restoration and revitalization projects in town.
Bennett-Bear was born and raised in Calico Rock. She and a friend started Babycakes Bakery, where she perfected her skills as a master cake artist. Her cakes are masterful, as well as delicious. After selling Babycakes, Bennett-Bear became the pastry chef and instructor at Ozarka College Culinary Arts program. A lifelong learner and advocate for education, she is pursuing a masters degree in public health administration. Bennett-Bear has a passion for Calico Rock, appreciates the local history and is interested in promoting the revitalization of Main Street. Bennett-Bear and her husband, Josh, have two boys, who are students at Calico Rock Elementary School.
Sue Whittington was born in Huron, Ohio, and resides in Cotter. Whittington is an artist specializing in pottery, basket-weaving and stained glass. In recent years, she has been at the forefront of working with the combined media of pottery and glass. Whittington joined the Calico Rock Artisans Cooperative early on and has been a huge supporter of the Calico Rock Museum. She has been an active volunteer at the museum and has helped with the Native American Weekends, educational programs and Living Windows. She fell in love with Calico Rock and is passionate about the museum and the work the foundation is doing in the area.
The Calico Rock Community Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to preserve the past and prepare for the future of Calico Rock, Arkansas. For more information, visit calicorockmuseum.com.
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