The Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) will host an event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, to celebrate the organization’s members, programs, accomplishments and volunteers.

The Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) will host an event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, to celebrate the organization’s members, programs, accomplishments and volunteers.

The event is free and open to HAC members, supporters and volunteers and will be held at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St.

The Paragon Art Awards and Annual Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., with light hors d’oeuvres and viewing of current HAC exhibits: Creative Expressions with Barry Messer and Richard Dutton, Best of Missouri Hands Featured Artist Allison Norfleet Bruenger, Project Street Art Collective and The Photography Channel — Architecture.

The 2017 HAC Paragon Art Awards will be presented at 7 p.m., and new and renewing Hannibal Arts Council board members for the Class of 2020 will also be acknowledged. Following the presentations there will be a drawing for winner’s choice of an original acrylic painting by Brenda

Beck Fisher. Attendees must be an HAC member and present to win the drawing.

Reservations are requested, but not required, by noon Thursday, Aug. 17, by contacting the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545 or reservations@hannibalarts.com .