WITH COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVES
While August winds down, we can see and feel September just ahead. Hints of autumnal color are in the leafy tops of our tallest maples: there’s an occasional coolness in the early morning air. I’ve always loved the newness of September bringing a swell of invigoration with the dissipation of summer’s heat, a new school year underway and a new seasonal addition or two for my wardrobe.
September in Carthage is especially significant for me. Four years ago, newly transplanted from
At artCentral, September continues to be about new beginnings, as our impressive lineups of fall and winter Gallery Exhibitions, Classes and Workshops are starting to unfold and plans are made for artCentral's first annual Holiday Boutique scheduled for the first week in December.
First up for September is the Opening Reception on Friday, September 11 at 6 pm, for our blockbuster Exhibition—COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVES: CANVAS to CLAY—presented by two of our favorite regional artists, Tom Jones and Brent Skinner.
Call them mavericks. Call them jokesters. Call them iconoclasts. Call them accomplished creatives.
Mostly Tom Jones and Brent Skinner are known as two hard-working, award-winning artistic friends bound by their mutual love for their families and by their twin passions for making and sharing the art that gives them joy. Each felt his creativity stirring at an early age.
Tom, after a childhood in Oklahoma, received BA and MA art degrees and won recognition as an editorial cartoonist. He now teaches art in the Carthage School District. While Tom’s mature, masterful and always evolving works find expression in many media, watercolor remains his first love.
Brent, originally from Mead, Kansas, spent several years honing his skills on the art fair circuit and as a Silver Dollar City ceramist. Today with great pleasure he pursues his love of teaching others at Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio in Joplin. Brent’s work is sought out by collectors nationally and around the globe.
Tom and Brent’s individual paths converged, then merged into collaboration, when Tom’s painterly vision first saw female forms in the shapely vessels turned by Brent’s hands. Their conversation, once launched, intensified and still continues such that one now finishes the creative sentence begun by the other. Tom’s working more in ceramics, especially sgraffito, and Brent’s started exploring painting with clay tools on canvas.
Canvas to clay. Clay to canvas. Out of collaboration innovations are born and friendships enriched.
Mark your calendar and experience the newness of COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVES—presented to us in September, the sweet month of meaningful new beginnings