Oh what a night! The Opening Reception for PASSION is a celebration brimful with treasures.
For this Exhibition featuring riches delivered by forty-four artists of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, snowy blue shadows spread over the lawn leading guests to our cheerful green door. Within the warm embrace of Hyde House, joyful laughter and good cheer fill our spacious galleries and climb the stairs all the way up to the gabled roof of our Artist Atelier.
Carthage celebrities appear including Steve Beimdick, Carthage Citizen of the Year, accompanied by his wife, Mary; Wayne and Miriam Putnam, Carthage Humanitarians of the Year are present, as well as Dan Trogdon, Carthage Artist of the Year, and his wife, Janie.
Jerry Ellis, renowned Carthage artist and emeritus Member of the Board, arrives early. Smiling and laughing throughout, he stays late.
Artists who’ll be featured in future exhibitions are here, including Andrew Batcheller and Tom Jones with their companions. Lively conversations are enjoyed with peers and aspiring newcomers.
Several first-time guests join artCentral as new Members. All through the evening magic and happy memories are made amongst our glittering trove of creativity. Art is purchased.
Applause and congratulations abound as Guest Juror Sally Armstrong’s selections of award recipients are announced by JRAC President Sarah Serio.
Michael Steddum, with his watercolor, “Transparency” receives acclaim as “Best of Show.”
Artists given awards in the category of Two Dimensional Works include Linda Teeter, First Place; Christina Lorenzen, Second Place; and Margie Moss, Third Place.
Awards for the category of Three Dimensional Works go to Jim Bray, First Place; Cindy Head, Second Place; and Sandra Conrad, Third Place.
PASSION remains on display through March 8th. Come as our guest and discover PASSION’S treasures.
You’ll see a wisp of scarlet in a darkened pewter sky, a magnificent bouquet vibrating with brilliant colors and glints of light dancing off pearls strewn on crimson.
You’ll find sparkles like diamonds on still waters, a hidden floor checkered black and white, two bodies entwined behind reflections on a shelf and pale orchids reaching up to kiss our crystal chandelier.
We’re eager to share our treasures with you! Visit during weekend Gallery Hours: Friday-Saturday, noon to 5; Sunday, 1 to 5. For other times call (417) 358-4404.