At last! Holiday Boutique time is here! Admission is free for all three days.

At last! Holiday Boutique time is here! Admission is free for all three days.
Yes, the rumors are true! While a small collection of Betsy Pauly prints will be available, in the fund raising Silent Auction, for a $5 opening bid you’ll have a chance to purchase an Andy Thomas original oil,  fresh from his easel.
• Tomorrow, Thursday, November 30, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., is Preview Shopping and the Silent Auction launch with wine, wassail, sweets and savories.
• Friday afternoon and evening, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., shopping and Silent Auction bidding times continue with wine, wassail and sampler treats.
• Saturday, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., is morning and afternoon shopping with wine, wassail and sampler treats. The Silent Auction bidding concludes at 3:30pm.
Have you seen our historic Hyde House all decked out in her holiday regalia? She’s enchanting!
Just drive east on 13th Street off Grand Avenue, cross River Street and look to your right until you approach the glow of twinkling lights shining on the hill.
Come up our gentle drive and through our green door of hospitality, and you’ll be amazed by the artistic wonderland inside.
artCentral’s limited edition scarlet amaryllis will greet you in sparkling, elegantly gold-bowed containers. They make lovely gifts for everyone on your list. Each is modestly priced at $25 and planted to bloom at the peak of the holiday festivities. You can reserve one or several by calling artCentral in advance or during the Boutique.
Another Holiday Boutique favorite, artCentral’s vintage cookbook, “Palettes and Palates,” is only $5: $25 for an artist signed copy.
Created for your shopping pleasure throughout the house in the galleries upstairs and down you’ll find a stunning abundance of unique gifts.
Our talented local, regional and national participating artists include Jane Ballard, Bethany Baugh, Karen Brust, Cheryl Church, April Davis, Becky Golubski, Helen Kunze, Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, Brenda Hayes, Marcia Huff, Edward Lee, Liko Lee, Koral Martin, Jane McCaulley, Carol McRoy, Dustin Miller, Salissa Robinson, Emily Rose, Lee Ann Sours, Michael Steddum, Doug Trogdon, Paula Ware and Marilyn York.
Made by these talents you’ll find a rich array of jewelry, woven bookmarks and small books; handcrafted soaps and lotions; magnets, cutting boards, coasters and mugs; notecards, prints and paintings; glass ornaments and novelties; and fiber creations such as hats, scarves and garments.
New to this year’s boutique will be exquisite rosaries designed and created by artist and artCentral docent Emily Rose.
Emily’s been in Carthage just over a year and is finding our artistic community to be a source of inspiration.
In her words: “Loving artCentral is easy for me! While nurturing local talent, both established and emerging, artCentral provides the perfect place to display works of beauty.
“The peaceful main galleries at Hyde House possess a charm and elegance from another time. They provide a refuge from a world that sometimes fails to focus on concerns that feed the spirit. Carthage is a dream reality far apart from San Francisco, a place where I had no choice but to work hard as an accountant who painted on the side, because living costs were too expensive to do my life the other way around.
“I never imagined such a magical little place existed before visiting Carthage for the first time on a late summer afternoon. My GPS led me to the Square and a group of practicing artists at Art Walk. The spell was cast and I brought my meager possessions to a simple Carthage apartment a month later, setting aside the bedroom for my studio and sleeping in the living room.
“Besides my love for painting portraits and still life in oil, I’ve found a new passion while staffing the artCentral gallery. One of my dear friends recently converted to Catholicism and I wanted to give her something meaningful.
“What’s more appropriate for a new Catholic than a hand-crafted rosary made from special stones, customized to represent that individual’s spiritual goals? This was the inception of Bird of Pray Sacred Jewelry.
“I enjoy combining semi-precious stones and glass with beautifully crafted metal pieces, adding in a red glass drop to remind the devotee of the redemptive blood of Christ. To create an object used in the very personal ritual of prayer is a great privilege. I’m thrilled to bring to artCentral my new collection for Christmas shopping. At last! Holiday Boutique time is here!”