Twenty-five years have passed since local artist, Sonya Clemons, The Art Lady, first began painting in homes and schools. Her specialty, in the beginning was murals, and since then, this has expanded to even include ornaments.
It was Clemons who first approached Judge John H. Graham about trying out an art program for participants in Drug Court. The program was soon dubbed, Pictures of Hope and has remained a Drug Court staple for the participants and their families.
Recently, many friends and family gathered to honor Clemons for the love, inspiration and generosity she has been sharing for the past 25 years. Some of those in attendance were Judge Graham and family, Judge Brent Benson, District Attorney Jason Pierce, Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Richard Minor, Senator Steve Livingston, Scottsboro City Mayor Jim McCamy and Representative Tommy Hanes. All took turns at the microphone, with Speaker McCutcheon and his wife presenting a resolution that stated, “Be it resolved, that Sonya R. Clemons is highly honored during her 25th year as a distinguished artist, and we hereby dedicate this resolution to her with heartfelt admiration, along with sincere best wishes for continued happiness and success in all future endeavors.