A long anticipated day has finally arrived! Friday, October 1, 2021, the “p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER” Opening Artist Reception and GREAT WORKS|SMALL WONDERS Silent Auction bidding take place FROM 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
At high noon, October 1, artCentral’s vibrant green door at 1110 East Thirteenth Street in Carthage will open to reveal two remarkable collections of totally enchanting art created by artCentral artists. Be the first to come and see and savor these visual feasts! Meet the artists! Shop for your gift list! Post your bids! Make your purchases!
Lori Marble’s and Jo Mueller’s creative collaboration, “p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER”, was set in motion over a year ago and brought to life before Jo learned she would be losing hers to a terminal illness. Jo created as long as she could, and then with a great and quiet dignity she took leave of her dear artist friend and their collaboration that she so dearly loved. In the midst of Lori’s vibrantly joyful and colorful abstract paintings, Jo’s presence is still with us in a poignantly beautiful retrospective collection of her creations.
Lori Marble is the Director for Strategic Innovation at Mercy Hospital Joplin. Before entering health care, she held public relations positions in higher education, government and as an independent practitioner, serving a client list including Spiva Center for the Arts. Lori is a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows member. She is involved with Mercy’s Women Leader’s Mentoring and Sponsorship committee, Pro Musica Joplin, the Neosho Arts Council, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and Friends of St. Avips. Lori’s work has been shown at Bookhouse Cinema, Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, Urban Art Gallery, Spiva Center for the Arts (membership exhibits) and various Joplin Regional Artists Coalition exhibits. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Liberal Studies in 20th Century Art History from the University of Oklahoma.
Jo Mueller (1950-2021) over much of her career demonstrated a passion for the arts and the business of art, filling management positions in film, dance, theater and visual arts organizations. From 2003 until her retirement in 2016, she served as executive director of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin. Before and between those earnest and arduous not-for-profit adventures, she worked as a telephone installer, completed a year of dental school, and twice indulged her inner Martha Stewart as a bed and breakfast innkeeper in the Northwest. Jo was recognized numerous times for her accomplishments at Spiva and in 2016 received the prestigious statewide Leadership in the Arts award from the Missouri Arts Council. She served on the board of directors for Connect2Culture and enjoyed memberships in artCentral, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Spiva Center for the Arts, and Crystal Bridges. Jo’s work is held in private collections and has been shown locally in solo and group exhibitions. She was awarded a B.S. in organizational management from Colorado Christian University, Denver.
The SMALL WORKS | GREAT WONDERS Silent Auction features 48 artCentral artist-created 5x7 canvases which the artists have donated to help raise funds to support artCentral’s work for art and artists. Most opening bids begin at ten dollars. First bids may be placed when the gallery opens on Friday, October 1, at noon.
To see and purchase the art in “p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER” and to see and bid on the SMALL WORKS|GREAT WONDERS visit artCentral online:
Events at www.artcentralcarthage.org and at facebook.com/ArtcentralCarthage.
October 2 through December 4, Weekend Gallery Hours are each Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. with CDC protocols practiced at artCentral. Face masks and social distancing are required for everyone entering Hyde House. Please help us keep each other safe and healthy for the coming beauty of a Carthage autumn and all the holiday celebrations waiting to unfold while artCentral has holiday art for everyone!