The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 16, 2013

Jo Ellis: Membership show expected to draw 80 entries to artCentral

By Jo Ellis

CARTHAGE, Mo. —  I was disappointed that other commitments kept me from attending the special productions of “O’Keefe” at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre this past weekend.

I’ve heard reports that the one-woman show was exceptionally well-done by touring professional Carolyn Wickwire in the title role.

Oh, well, maybe next time. I’m hoping to have better luck this coming weekend with the annual membership show at artCentral. Sally Armstrong, director, said around 80 entries are expected for the competition.

Judging the show will be James M. Oliver Jr., art instructor at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, who comes with strong credentials both in education and performance. He has a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing from Denison University, Granville, Ohio; and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., and Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

His work has been shown in group shows at the George Billis Gallery in New York City in 2008 and 2009. He has been an instructor at PSU since 2001.

The membership show opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday that is open to the public. Members are asked to provide a salad or dessert. Guests are asked for a $5 contribution if they choose to eat as well as view the show. From past experiences, the buffet is well worth that.

The exhibit at 1110 E. 13th St. in Carthage will remain open from noon to 5 p.m. all weekend and also on the following two weekends.

With hosting a reception for the “O’Keefe” play, working on the membership show and planning for this summer’s art camp for kids, Armstrong has been a busy person. This year, the art camp runs from July 15-26. The theme is “Learning About Famous Artists.”

Returning instructors will be Tom Jones, Sean Fitzgibbon, Ann-Marie Gailey, Megan Hudson, Beth Lawson, Randy Wright, Cheryl Church-Saving and Martha Goldman. New this year is Kris Dunlap, who holds a degree in printmaking with an emphasis in serigraphy. Armstrong said this is the first time a printmaking class will be offered at the art camp.

Different classes (two or three) will be offered each day at a cost of $35, which includes materials. Scholarships are available upon request. The classes will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and youths are asked to provide a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required. Details: 358-4404.

At the close of the art camp, the students’ work will be displayed on the Carthage square during the “Historic Art Walk 2013” on Friday and Saturday, July 26-27. A “Yarn Bomb Happening,” created by the students, also will be on display at the art walk.

Sounds like fun.

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