The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 21, 2013

Jo Ellis: Weekend promises to be busy one for Carthage

By Jo Ellis

CARTHAGE, Mo. — I hope no one is leaving town this weekend. If so, you’re going to miss a ton of fun things to do.

Activities start Friday night, when the Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk steps off at 6 p.m. The work of 19 artists will be exhibited in a number of venues in and around the square: United Missouri Bank, Smith Midwest, Rumour Has It, Koka Art Gallery, Mother Road Coffee, the Jasper County Courthouse and Cherry’s Custom Framing, with the latter in its new location at 311 S. Main St.

Old favorites and new discoveries can be found in mediums that include acrylic, watercolor, oil, photography, ink and clay. Dan Augustson, of Springfield, who does abstracts in mixed media, is the featured artist. He is sponsored by Cornerstone Family Dental.

Other artists are D.J. Bates, Steve Binam, Karen Brust, Brittany Calvin, Daria Claiborne, Sue Colgin, April Davis Brunner, Lowell Davis, Tucker Dunaway, Martha Goldman, Alice Lynn Greenwood, Kristen Hawkins, Janice Kinman (whose entry in artCentral’s 2013 membership show was my favorite, although I didn’t get a chance to tell her), Helen Kunze, Koral Martin, Dustin Miller, Sheila Von Holten, Dennis Waggner and Jeanette Westbay.

The display in the courthouse is composed of works by students in artCentral’s summer art camp. The students also will be bringing “performance art” in the form of a yarn bombing in which all, young and old, can take part. Incidentally, donations of yarn or abandoned knitting projects are still wanted for use in this activity. Just drop them by artCentral, UMB or the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lora Phelps, a member of the art walk committee, said rain has been a factor seven out of the eight times the art walk has been held. The committee, headed by Kara Hardesty, is not concerned about this weather history and promises that the event will be held rain or shine.

Complimentary food and music will be offered in some of the galleries.

Businesses that are to remain open for the art walk are Annies, Carthage True Value Hardware and Colonial House. Sponsors of the art walk are UMB, the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau, Beimdiek Insurance, the Carthage Council on the Arts, Leggett & Platt, and Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.

Bright and early Saturday morning, the farmers market will be set up for business on the square, and the city sidewalk sale will be opening all around town. Participants in the sidewalk sale include Carthage True Value Hardware, UMB, Mothers Road Coffee, Custom Carpets and Interiors, Express RX, All Things Grand, Sports World, Dr. Fly’s Salon, National TV Sales & Rental, Race Brothers Farm & Home, and High Profile Cycles.

But wait, there’s more.

During the day, around 100 entries in the 14th annual British Car Show will be parked around the square. David and Rhonda Thorn, coordinators, said car owners from six states are attending. These will probably be gone by around 2 p.m., so plan to be there earlier if you want to see these classic imports, and maybe even be invited to ride in one. Money raised by this event is donated to a charity selected by the car club.

If all this activity doesn’t totally fill your day, you might find time to drop by Carthage Municipal Park and give the kids a fun ride on one of the Kiwanis Kiddieland rides. Older ones might enjoy the swimming pool, which is open from noon to 6 p.m.

Still not satiated?

Every Saturday night, there’s pickin’ and singin’ at Red Oak II. Bring an instrument if you play and a pot-luck dish, and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Also, the 66 Drive-In Theatre is open Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $7 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under get in free.

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