In our Maple Leaf City art is speaking beautifully everyday through the talents of sixteen artCentral artists. These hearty souls plein-air painted in all kinds of weather from summer into fall transforming ordinary objects into works of wonder. Through the generosity of these artists, twenty fire hydrants on the square and along the parade route colorfully stand curbside for all to enjoy today.
Our spring exhibition season begins at artCentral with a blockbuster at 1110 East Thirteenth Street in Carthage! Friday, February 2nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. is the Opening Reception for ART SPEAKS, the stunning, not-to-be-missed mixed media collection presented by the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) and juried by artist Marian Stahl Chamberlain.
We extend our sincere appreciation to Koral Martin of KOKA Art Gallery and to Cherry Babcock of Cherry’s Art Emporium for their underwriting of this impressive exhibit which will be on display until March 18th. Admission is free.
Joplin Regional Artists Coalition is a not-for-profit group founded in 2010. JRAC’s mission is to promote, strengthen and advocate for the visual arts and artists, art enthusiasts and patrons of the visual arts and to network visual artists to more effectively engage in cultural, economic and educational artistic activity within the Joplin region. Many Carthage artists are active members of JRAC.
Serving as a showcase for the strength and diversity of the visual arts in this region, JRAC’s Artist Registry, www.joplinrac.org, offers artwork and contact information for JRAC members.
Art speaks fluently through the artists of JRAC. Each and every artist has a unique voice. These accomplished artists know how to use theirs as each tells a different story.
Through these talented art makers art speaks powerfully, abundantly and succinctly, as well. Art speaks large and art speaks small—in two dimensions and in three. No materials are off limits. All media are placed one way or another in service to this cacophony of creative voices.
Art speaks softly and quietly. Art speaks boldly and brightly, colorfully and subdued, too. Here in our community and around the world, art speaks through artists who’ve known the freedom of artistic expression and through those who’ve experienced the pain of being silenced.
On the walls of Hyde House the art of JRAC is unleashed and unsilenced for all to hear and to see. At artCentral our excitement is grand! Our small town is about to see more grand art and you’re invited to this juried exhibition!
Juror Marian Stahl Chamberlain is artistically moved by everyday moments. These ordinary moments inspire feelings that compel her to speak them in her own art.
Originally from the Springfield, Missouri, area, Marian’s work is influenced by a strong personal drive, an art and art history based education, experiences as an educator and her own personal experiences residing in other states.
Marian focuses her expression through printmaking which allows her to combine drawing and an involved artistic and technical process while enjoying many different media including pastel, graphite and watercolor. Marian’s portraits, prints, watercolors, pastels, drawings, murals and other work can be found in collections across the United States from Florida to New Jersey to the west coast.
As a member of Fresh Gallery, Best of Missouri Hands, the Springfield Regional Arts Council, the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild, and the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance. I hold a BA in Studio Art and Art History, and a ME in Art Education, both from Drury University, Marian Stahl Chamberlain is well qualified to serve as juror for this fine ART SPEAKS exhibition. artCentral and JRAC join in extending our appreciation for her generous giving of her time and talent.
Personally and on behalf of artCentral’s Board of Directors, I welcome Marian Stahl Chamberlain and the fine art makers of JRAC as they show us ART SPEAKS! For information call: (417) 358-4404.