AWARDS and a WEDDING CELEBRATION PICNIC
Not too much more than a year ago I’m single and feeling much too small to accomplish all my dreams for artCentral. During a monthly board meeting, while metaphorically pounding my head on the table, I cry, “I need a husband to help me!” All our board members sagely nod their heads as Helen Kunze prophetically responds, “He’ll have to be an artist and love art and artCentral as much as you do.”
This past weekend at our Annual Membership Exhibition Picnic, generously underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, artCentral’s community of members and artists celebrated David’s and my recent nuptials with a surprise wedding cake, hearty congratulations and gift donations to our new Greenwood-Matthews Fund which will be used to foster artCentral Art and Artists. David and I thank you, each and every one, for helping us make a beautiful shared beginning in this art world we love most!
Our jurors arrive and choose award recipients. Beth Simmons, Director of McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, names Karolee Blanchard and her exquisite oil, “Bling and Bing” for the Underwriter Award. Anne-Marie Gailey, artist and art educator with a degree and graduate studies at Augusta State University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, bestows the Membership Awards: Gold to Emily Rose and her bold and daring oil, “Fire and Eyce II”; Silver to Nicole Meyer-Foresman for her sterling silver “Bowl and Stand”; and Bronze to Brenda Sageng, creator of “Napoleon”, her majestic rooster rendered in oil.
We celebrate all the artists who’ve given their hearts and souls to each of their creations gracing the walls of Hyde House. Just as I begin to announce the award recipients, John Hacker, our beloved artCentral-member-man-all-about-town-Carthage Press editor-magician strides across the lawn to document David’s handing out artCentral envelopes filled with this year’s cash awards. Our Awards and a Wedding Celebration Picnic is just perfect!
Come see artCentral’s remarkable Annual Membership Exhibition during weekend gallery hours through July 30. Information: (417) 358-4404 and www.artcentralcarthage.org.