At artCentral we’re perfecting the art of anticipating — anticipating what comes next and next and next.

At artCentral we’re perfecting the art of anticipating — anticipating what comes next and next and next.
With artCentral’s Annual Membership Exhibition up and glowing on the walls of Hyde House through July 29, gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. -5 p.m., and other times by appointment at (417) 358-4404.
This summer’s artCamp is next on our always exciting agenda. As Joni Mitchell’s so poignantly penned:
“And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.”
Yes, at artCentral we’re caught in a circle game, and a very good game, indeed, going round and round through the seasons — moving from winter’s annual Holiday Boutique to spring’s opening “Art Speaks” exhibition presented by the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and to summer’s Annual Membership Exhibition. Now on to artCamp!
Our community supporters are enthusiastically answering our requests to help us get ready to purchase supplies and offer scholarships and fund teacher stipends.
Generous grants have been received from The Carthage Community Foundation, The Helen S. Boylan Foundation and S&S Computers. More contributing support is anticipated.
This past week I had the privilege of talking with the Rotary Club of Carthage.
Speaking of our work exploring creativity with our youth, I happily received on behalf of artCentral not only the club’s generous grant for artCamp, but also a generous honorarium which will go into artCentral’s Greenwood-Mathé Fund for Art and Artists.
Our artCampers are our community’s future art-making artists and visionaries.
I love working with them and helping them in a digital-screen-free environment where they learn and discover and make art in the company of our staff of gifted teachers and interns.
Every day my heart’s aflutter as artCamp registrations steadily flow into at our old fashioned, glass-windowed, combination-opened post office box and through our new vintage brass mail slot in artCentral’s cheerful green front door and in our pretty, summer green curbside mail box on East Thirteenth Street!
Classes are filling up super fast, so if you haven’t already registered you wanna-be artCamper be sure to do so pronto.
Registration forms are available in Carthage at artCentral, Carthage Public Library, Cherry’s, The Deli, KOKA Gallery and The Palms. In Joplin you’ll find registration forms at Spiva Center for the Arts, Cleo’s Picture Framing and Design and Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio.
You can also go online and download the registration forms from artCentral’s website: http://www.artcentralcarthage.org/artcamp-2018.html.
Here’s a sampler of just a few of the twenty exciting classes offered in artCamp’s first week:
• CREATE YOUR OWN ARTIST SMOCK with ALEXANDRA BURNSIDE (also offered the second week with SANDRA CONRAD): Scissor down and customize an adult-sized smock (donated by ESM Technology, LLC) with fabric paint, fabric markers, scraps of textiles and hand-stitched embroidery.
• UPCYCLED DIORAMAS with KAHLIE JONES: artCampers use imaginations and ingenuity to think inside and outside the box! Color, glue and paint your way to making a unique 3D storytelling scene.
• AMAZING ZEN-TANGLED LETTERING with TERI Y. DIGGS: Learn the best basics for creating zentangled artwork and turn your doodles into real art with patterns and lines you design. You can do this! The results are amazing!
• LITTLE PEOPLE MADE WITH GLASS with JANE McCAULLEY: Ages 9 and up, make jointed glass Little People just like the legendary ones who reportedly live in residence in artCentral’s well house.
• HIGH FLYING with SARAH SERIO: Learn the two ancient practices of relief printmaking and kite building. Print your own designs on the kite you build. Watch the class kites soar up, up, up! Then take yours home to soar some more!
• PAINT ARTCENTRAL’S FAMOUS TREE PEOPLE with SANDRA CONRAD: Inspired by the legends and stories of artCentral’s wee visitors from down under who supposedly travel up through a big hole beneath the white pine tree, learn drawing and painting techniques to create your own Druidic-like  character on canvas.
• FLYING FOREST FRIENDS with APRIL DAVIS-BRUNNER: Learn to sketch your favorite butterfly or bird or squirrel. You can make them beautiful or funny and fun. Maybe make a wild woods pony with wings! Use acrylic paints to paint your wildlife masterpiece on canvas.
Oh, yes…
“And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.”
Give your artCampers the special opportunities of artCamp’s classes and offer them the joys of anticipating more creative experiences to come.
Though your campers will grow up and won’t be able to return to this unique summer, at artCamp 2018 they’ll make art and memories they’ll look behind on again and again, as the painted ponies of their many seasons go round and round on their carousels of time.