How often have you heard someone say, “I get my best ideas in the shower?”
In the shower is often where my best ideas come, too. They arrive, not under the tumble of water at home, but beneath the invigorating spray at the Fair Acres Y. After I’ve done my regular pool lapping back and forth, while I scrub up to go about my business, my soaking inspirations are all about artCentral and our RETROforward! celebrations underway for our 30th Anniversary.
As a relatively recent transplant, I’m still discovering the plethora of perks, like the Y, found in our small community. Do I take our Y, one of our amazing small town amenities, for granted? I hope not.
Having lived for a number of years in New York City and for sixteen solitary seasons in the way-back wilderness of the Ozark Highlands, I’m continually amazed by our choices, especially regarding the ease and efficiency of daily maintenance of body, mind and spirit in this treasure of a community we call home.
In Manhattan and Brooklyn, getting to the Y pools involved a significant commute on the subway or on my bike. At crowded lap times I might be sharing a lane with five or six other swimmers. More than once the congested conditions stirred up a territorial fist fight. Seriously!
My swims could also be exciting in the wilderness stretch of the Little Buffalo River winding beneath Chimney Rock. Like those times stepping out from the ice-edged gravel bar to plunge in for the first polar bear dip of spring. Or summer laps navigating through the family of water moccasins at Jack Pot Hole. Those reptiles seemed to think they owned that spot and didn’t particularly care to share.
Aren’t we Carthaginians lucky? Yes, indeed. We live in a wonderland of grace. We have a Y and access to inspiring showers and space to get around without too much competition. And up there at the top of the list of our Small Town Blessings, we have artCentral. What a treasure for us and for our region!
As one of our Board Member artists, Brenda Sageng, so cogently declares, we have “Grand Art in a Small Town”. Yes, we do! Come see. Join in the fun and celebrate our 30th Anniversary with us. We’ll sprinkle you with delight and shower you with artful inspirations!
Passion, a blockbuster exhibition featuring the artists of the Joplin Regional Artist Coalition, opens February 20th.
For more information and to volunteer, visit our website at www.artcentralcarthage.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (417) 358-4404.