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September 2, 2012

Jo Ellis: Artist paints her ‘little thoughts bigger’

CARTHAGE, Mo. — There’s no doubting what Alice Lynn Greenwood’s artwork is saying.

It’s all up there in ... well, not exactly in black and white. It’s more likely to be ensconced in a pastoral scene, embellished with sequins, or embedded in interesting fabrics and textures.

Greenwood’s works marry the sinuous lines and dramatic curves of the Art Nouveau style with texts and aphorisms from notable writers like Joseph Joubert, a French moralist and essayist, and Rumi, a 13th century poet and mystic, as well as quotes from the humorous works of English author Lewis Carroll.

These collages of wit and wisdom, many with a feminine theme, are suitable for hanging anywhere in the home where you want a reminder of how life can be lived more wisely. They carry messages ranging from the practical “Finish what you start” to a modern text sagely reminding us to “plz, luv yrslf. Thnk u,” followed by a smiley face.

“She has a fabulous hand for calligraphy,” said Sally Armstrong, director of Carthage’s artCentral gallery where Greenwood’s exhibition is to open with an artist’s reception at 6 p.m. Friday. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

“Spending hour after hour painting my ‘little’ thoughts ‘bigger’ gives me tremendous pleasure,” Greenwood said.

Titled “The Art of Texting,“ this is her first exhibition in Missouri. Beginning in Arkansas, Greenwood’s circuitous route has led her east to west and north to south, she said.

She has spent time in urban settings including Dallas and New York City; has studied at Hendrix College, a private liberal arts college in Conway, Ark., and the Art Students League in New York; and has traveled to such diverse locales as Australia, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada, London, Acapulco and the Caribbean island of St. Croix, always looking for inspiration.

The exhibit features 39 original works in the main gallery, with prints and note cards available in the upper gallery. The show will run through Sept. 30.

Another artCentral activity has been scheduled for Dec. 8. Armstrong said “Art Out of the Closet” is a fundraising event designed to help the art center purchase a new sign and meet other needs.

People who want to donate pieces of art that are no longer being displayed in their home or business may donate them for an art auction to be held on that date. The donor will receive half of the amount that is bid on the artwork.

On another subject: Powers Museum curator Michelle Hansford is still accepting quilts for the Maple Leaf Quilt Show. If you have a pre-1950 quilt relating to art, history or politics in Southwest Missouri, contact Hansford at 417-237-0456 or email her at The quilts will hang at the museum from Oct. 7-30. Entries will be juried.

ADDRESS CORRESPONDENCE to Jo Ellis, c/o The Joplin Globe, Box 7, Joplin, MO 64802 or email

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