The first Historic Carthage Downtown Art Walk of the new year kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday on the Square and celebrates Carthage's historic centerpiece with the “Seasons of the Courthouse.”

The first Historic Carthage Downtown Art Walk of the new year kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday on the  Square and celebrates Carthage's historic centerpiece with the “Seasons of the Courthouse.”
Eleven Square businesses will host artists until 9 p.m., and a number of artists will be set up in “Artists Alley,” the walkway in the middle of the south side of the Square.
The April Art Walk is the first of six Art Walks that will be held the last Friday of every month through September.
“Carthage Art Walk is a showcase and celebration of the best galleries, artists, photography, restaurants, shops and businesses located in downtown Carthage, Missouri,” according to the website, https://carthageartwalk.org/ “The community of is home to many nationally known artists and we celebrate local artists by holding the Carthage Art Walk six times throughout the year. It is a free self-guided tour of the participating businesses and galleries that are located around the Square.”
Visitors can peruse the businesses and buy pieces from the artists themselves.
Artists with their works on display will include Brent Skinner, one man art show, Karen Brust Paintings, Dan Curry, Janice Kinman, Koral Martin Fine Art Photography, Linda Teeter, Chelsea Delgado, Sierra Russow-cartoonist, Ashleigh Green, Brady Cloud, Teri Diggs, Sarah Dunn, Brandi Graber, Robert Campbell, Cheryl Church, Martha Renfrow, and more.
Robert Denning, with the Carthage Council on the Arts, said his group will be giving away two $50 Walmart gift cards to participating artists as a way to encourage more artists to come to the Carthage show.
People will also have the chance to purchase pieces of Carthage history from the Vision Carthage Citizens Committee on the southeast corner of the Jasper County Courthouse lawn.
Mark Elliff, with the committee said, the group will have the remaining balusters from the old Route 66 railroad bridge that was replaced in 2016 on sale.
The balusters are the decorative stone pieces that made up part of the railing on the old bridge. Elliff said the group is selling the intact balusters for $250 each and some with cracks for $125 each.
Also on sale are 11 of the old light poles that were recently replaced in Central Park.
Elliff said these poles are about 19 feet tall each, including the four feet that normally serves as the base underground.
Those are being sold for $200 each.
The proceeds from the sale of these items will help the Vision Carthage Committee with its various projects.
For more details about Carthage Art Walk, see the website https://carthageartwalk.org/ or call the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau at 359-8181.