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Lea Berry President/Director Of NCAFA&E

Lea BerryMeet the President/Director of the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education, Fairfield Bay resident Leila Berry. She has served in this capacity for many years and worked tirelessly for the Artists League. Better known to everyone as Lea, this woman has devoted her life to the betterment of the quality of life for all, in the heart of her family as faithful wife and mother, professionally as a registered nurse and, since moving to Fairfield Bay in the early 90’s, as the dynamic leader of the highly respected and prolific North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education, referred to most commonly as NCAFA&E.

Lea’s passion for the arts and for helping others coalesce perfectly zshe’s an unassuming and very determined woman whose leadership style has endeared her to everyone who’s ever worked with her and for her in her positions of authority. The long list of her well-deserved accomplishments include: 1992 Community Service Award winner, Unsung Heroes award winner, the JC Penny Golden Rule award, and more. Lea has served on boards and conducted fundraising efforts for a myriad of organizations, such as the Shepherd’s Center, the St. Luke’s Respite Care Program and the No. Little Rock Womens’ Club, all while working as a dedicated nurse. Many programs received funding through her tireless efforts and winning good nature that attracts people who want to help. She’s a true role model for all women, showing her strength in her kindness and compassion, sharing her artistic talents as she goes. She has created a great body of work in various media, sharing her talent, donating her artwork to various organizations for their own fundraising. She has brought numerous artists and entertainers to our area and worked to do the fundraising to make these events possible.

Lea is still working hard for others in her capacity as president of NCAFA&E, past President of Davis Special Questers Group, past President of Xi Gamma Kappa, past President of Artist’s League. She is still active in all these organization as well as continuing to find time to express her inner beauty in her own artwork.

We are so fortunate to have Lea Berry at the helm as we open our Art Gallery in the Fairfield Bay ‘Our Towne Conference and Visitor Center’ on October 12, 2013. The Center will provide an official headquarters for NCAFA&E in collaboration with the city of Fairfield Bay. You can contact Lea by phone at 501-940-7493 or 501-884-6288 or by email to: [email protected]

If you have questions about the Conference Center, you may contact Bob and Wilba Thompson, Our Towne Conference Center Directors, at 501-884-4202 or email to: [email protected] For questions about the Gallery, contact Charlotte Rierson, NCA Art Coordinator at 501-680-2741 or email to: [email protected]

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