THE GOLDEN GLOW OF CARTHAGE
In response to my art recently selected to celebrate our 50th Maple Leaf Festival, my friend Liz facebook posted, “Oh, the golden glow behind the courthouse…”
Yes! Golden is the glow of our life in Carthage.
I feel so blessed to be here, woven with you into the shimmering fabric of this beautiful community. I love my sweet street where children play and neighborhood cats carouse. Where families, friends and dogs walk together in the mornings and evenings. Where weekends are filled with the scents of grilling and the purr of mowers tidying lawns.
I’m grateful to each of you who contributed on Give Ozarks Day to artCentral’s Capacity Fund that keeps our programs strong and growing. Thank you for your donations! Thank you to the Carthage Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for sponsoring this event to benefit non-profits in Carthage and southwest Missouri.
As I put the final touches on the curriculum for this summer’s artCamp and grow excited for the bevy of aspiring artists who’ll grace artCentral’s July campus, I think often of our “Emerging Artists” currently on exhibition. What joy to have their creations filling our Hyde House Galleries!
What delight to have so many join the festivities for Friday night’s Opening Reception. Judith Goff, artCentral’s creative gourmet, spread a lovely table with savories and her famous sugar and chocolate chip cookies. artCentral Members of the Board greeted guests. Betsy Flanigan facilitated the brisk selections of art for purchase.
Katie Watson and Maddie Capps are our talented, golden-glowing “Emerging Artists” exhibition stars. They created their exhibited art and put their artCentral Intern skills in action, installing their creations in the Main Galleries. Their parents helped, too, with delivering, staging and prepping Hyde House. To these artCentral’s appreciation abounds.
For the Helen S. Boylan Foundation’s generous underwriting for the Exhibition and Opening, artCentral sends out a grateful “Thank You”.
Our appreciation goes to Carthage High School art teachers Cheryl Church and Tom Jones who, with daily dedication, inspire and nurture creativity in their students.
Amy Grimes, Director of the Carthage R-9 School Foundation, organized the CHS contest and enlisted jurors. To collaborate with Amy is a true gift. She gathered, prepared for presentation and delivered the award winning written art, making the installation a grand first time success.
“Emerging Artists” beautifully expresses the “Golden Glow of Carthage”. The exhibition is open, free to the public, during posted weekend hours until May 15th and afterwards may be viewed through June 5th by appointment at (417) 358-4404. Donations are welcome.