On Friday night, June 21st, Michael Swaffar, owner of Shuttered Image Photography hosted an Art Show for rising artists, Katie Bennett. Around 75 people attended the first art show for Katie and she sold several pieces and was commissioned to sell several more. Katie is a 7 year old, soon to be second grader and AGATE student, at Heber Springs Elementary. Katie started taking painting lessons from local artist, Ellen Hobgood, in February of this year. From her first lesson until now, Katie has flourished. Katie has painted pictures to be given as gifts and has also been commissioned to paint pieces for other people. Katie sold her first painting back in March and continues to sell pieces that she randomly paints or is asked to paint. Under the watchful eye of art instructor, Ellen Hobgood, Katie continues to grow in confidence and ability. Katie will be painting two pieces and donating to the local Relay for Life to be used in a raffle to raise money for the American Cancer Society.