artCAMP INSTRUCTORS and GOOD PEOPLE
As we anticipate summer’s arrival, artCamp and our Annual Membership Exhibition and Picnic will fill our galleries, campus and classrooms with traditions we cherish.
Our Membership Exhibition and Picnic begin on Friday, June 12th at 6pm.
Member Artists—deliver your entries on Sunday, June 7th, 1-5 pm!
artCentral’s fifteenth annual artCamp takes place the last two weeks of July: 20-24 and 27-31. Schedules are available at the Library, Cherry’s, Mother Road Coffee and in the Information Box at Hyde House. Pre-registration is required. A full day class (10am-3pm) is $35.00. To sponsor a scholarship call (417) 358-4404.
Our artCamp educators are either recognized working artists, experts in their media, or public and private school teachers. Several are both professional artist and school teacher.
DEB BENTLAGE, recently returned to her Missouri roots, is a successful author of digitally self-published books, currently working on a photographic volume featuring the beauty of Missouri landscapes.
Originally from Kansas, CHERYL CHURCH-SAVING, teaching art at Carthage High School and artCamp for a number of years, is a successful professional artist recognized for her colored pencil drawings, rich in design and color.
APRIL DAVIS, well known in and around Carthage as an accomplished painter and experienced teacher in oil and acrylic, exhibits and teaches frequently throughout southwest Missouri. She’s contributing to our Great Wall mural.
SEAN FITZGIBBON has worked as an artist on the east Coast and throughout the Midwest and has taught frequently at artCamp. Presently he’s working on a graphic novel set in the Crescent Hotel of Eureka Springs.
Art was the emphasis of ANNE-MARIE GAILEY’s Bachelor degree with a minor in Art Education. Her teaching experience includes high school and elementary art programs, artCamp and Spiva.
An award winning artist, CINDY HEAD has shown her colorful, multi-media creations at Rose Gallery, artCentral, the State Capitol, Spiva Center for the Arts and numerous regional Art Walks.
KAHLIE JONES has worked for many summers as an artCamp aide at artCentral. A recent Carthage High School Summa Cum Laude graduate, Kahlie is a talented artist and new instructor at artCamp.
TOM JONES is an accomplished and prolific artist with Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Art Education. He teaches art at Carthage High School, has instructed at many artCamps and will have an artCentral Gallery Exhibition in September.
BETH LAWSON teaches art at Carthage Middle School and is an adjunct professor of art at MSSU. She has taught art in public schools for over a decade and is an experienced artCamp educator.
As a printmaker, SARAH SERIO has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. She serves as President of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and participates in numerous regional exhibitions.
NICOLE SHAFER, a teacher at Joplin High, enjoys combining teaching with art making and constructing. She will add her experience, enthusiasm and creativity to our artCamp curriculum for the first time this year.
RANDY WRIGHT, a member of artCentral’s artCamp staff since 2000, holds degrees in both studio art and art education. She designs and creates award winning jewelry sold widely through exhibitions and gallery representation.
artCentral's artCamp, artCamp instructors and our Annual Membership Exhibition and Picnic—definitely traditions to cherish!
artCentral is a community of Good People!
Friday, June 12th at 6 pm, many Good People will gather for artCentral’s Annual Membership Exhibition, Picnic and the Unveiling of the Great Wall. Christine Bentley, Art Department Head at MSSU, will select Exhibition works to receive Gold, Silver, Bronze and Underwriter’s Awards, given through the generosity of McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, our Exhibition’s underwriter.If you’re not yet an artCentral Member, come to the Picnic, join on the spot and be welcomed into our inclusive, creative community. We’ll be happy sharing the fun and festivities with you!
Every week, every day, Good People appear in the life of artCentral.
The nicest man, a new friend, recently came to Hyde House. He arrives in early morning to pick up art for his partner and finds me in the porch swing prioritizing my daily tasks. When I invite him to sit a spell, he does. While we remark on recent abundant rainfall and the effects on gardening and about how he had to scoop standing water away from his veggies and herbs, our conversation segues to my time in the wilderness and the beauty of river rocks and my wanting laying hens and driving to the nearest town to buy three chicks (gender unknown), who grew up to be my fine cherry eggers—Gertrude, Genevieve and Hazel. Having chatted pleasantly about all this and more, we turn to our chores waiting indoors. After I work through a couple of items on my to-do list, and this nice man loads the art he’s come to fetch, he asks if there’s any way I can use his help.
Well, as many of you’ve already learned, if you offer your help here at artCentral, your generosity is gladly accepted with my best smile and my enthusiastic, nodding “yes”. “Yes!” I say to this nice man and together we accomplish a gallery task in half the time I’d need for me on my own!
Up and down the stairs we go gathering a fine selection of paintings by our benefactress, Katherine Hyde. We bring them into the Main Galleries where they will make up an “In Between Exhibition”—inspiring art displayed briefly between scheduled, extended exhibits.
As I give my “thank you” with a high five and a hug “good-bye”, this nice man going out the door, pauses, turns and says, “I really enjoyed this time. I like to sit and visit then get up and share a chore.” Me, too! And I really like a nice man who offers help then has the self-awareness and wherewithal to pause and say, “I had a good time.” He’s artCentral’s kind of Good People.
Cherry Babcock at Cherry’s Custom Framing and Art Gallery is an artCentral Member and one of our Good People, too. Since well before I accepted my position, Cherry’s been giving valuable storefront window space for an ongoing artCentral display. Here we let you know about artCentral’s Hyde House and community happenings, while you enjoy Cherry’s ever evolving collections of the high quality art she showcases.
I can’t imagine the Square without Cherry’s storefront and the wondrous offerings just inside her swinging screen door! Please stop in and tell Cherry “thank you” for supporting arts in Carthage and especially at artCentral. Cherry Babcock is definitely Good People!