TAKING THE LEAP
In 2015 artCentral enjoyed RetroForward—a yearlong celebration of artCentral’s thirty years devoted to serving art and artists. In 2016 artCentral is taking the leap into a fourth ten years dedicated to enriching the quality of life and culture for the individuals and families of our beautiful hometown and throughout southwest Missouri.
Reflecting back three decades is a satisfying exercise when I look at my own 2006, 1996 and 1986—times I was taking exciting leaps in my life.
artCentral, originally a part of C.A.S.T., the Carthage Arts Support Team, was established in 1986, under the inspiring influence of former Director Sandy Higgins. Since that significant 1986 launch, artCentral, as a non-profit arts organization, moved from Central Avenue to the Geranium House at Red Oaks II, before settling into our elegant home in Hyde House.
A visit to artCentral at Hyde House promises a gift each time you arrive. Our 2016 gallery opportunities will please and inspire your every visit.
February showcases JRAC’s mixed media SPARKLE and SHINE; March brings Sandra Conrad’s dramatic oils and charcoals in WINGED WOMEN; April presents RADIANT 88, featuring nine members of the MSSU Art Faculty; and May introduces artCentral’s first annual EMERGING ARTISTS exhibition featuring Katie Watson, Maddie Capps and the award winners of the CHS Boylan Foundation Art Contest.
July (18-22 and 25-29) is all about artCamp with two exhibitions celebrating the creations of 2016 artCampers.
Autumn unfolds with September’s lyrical MINDSCAPES by Doug Randall of Arkansas. October celebrates our Maple Leaf Festival with EAST MEETS WEST and the exquisite splash-ink watercolors of the venerable 97-year old Edward Lee. Originally from China, Taiwan and Canada, Mr. Lee comes to us from his current home Seattle.
Our November galleries will display artworks of fourteen ARTISTS of GRACE, representing the depths of the artistic community at Grace Episcopal Church. In December, artCentral’s second HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE @ Hyde House will fill our holiday bedecked home with giftable creations by artCentral artists enhancing the pleasures of your holiday shopping.
Our exciting calendar is on our website: http://www.artcentralcarthage.org/2016-calendar.html. Visit often to see new posts, and while you’re there, take an exhilarating leap by renewing or becoming a new member at http://www.artcentralcarthage.org/join.html. Your membership strengthens and sustains artCentral’s work bringing art to our community in 2016 and for decades to come.