This art exhibit is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year at Hyde House.

This art exhibit is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year at Hyde House.

The Annual Membership Show gives artists in artCentral the chance to display some of their favorite pieces – which creates quite the variety.

Sally Armstrong, director of artCentral, was delighted with the turnout this year, arranging 63 unique, original and diverse works of art.

“This is fun,” Armstrong said. “And I'm so happy we have more entries than last year. The number of members showing this year is about half of the total membership in artCentral – That's a lot. We have some very, unique pieces.”

The community is invited to come enjoy local artists' work in oil paintings, watercolors, colored pencil works and pastels, photography both traditional and digitalized, wood and stone sculptures, silver jewelry, ceramics both sculptural and utilitarian, fiber art and collage, and various multi media pieces. Art appreciators are always encouraged to come to the opening night, which with the membership show, includes an outdoor picnic, and meet the artists. Those attending will find some art pieces have stories behind them.

“I always love Greg Krepps' sculptures, but this one he is exhibiting is very unique for him,” Armstrong said, rotating a large, smooth stone burnished clay piece. “It had shattered, and his wife encouraged him to fix it, that it could still be a good piece – and look at it, I love it.”

Some art expresses deep emotion, such as Melody Knowles' “Survivor,” piece which was featured in Joplin during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is also close-to-home pieces presenting places in Carthage, and “A Carthage Kid at the Beach,” by Sherry Pettey is sure to please any proud Carthaginian.

Today, the picnic is 6 p.m., at Hyde House, 1110 E. 13th St., Carthage. The exhibit will remain on display in both galleries at Hyde House Saturday noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m., until July 8. For questions, call Armstrong at artCentral at 358-4404.