Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe: Lineup of summer camp teachers feature pros

Sarah Serio (back right), artCamp teacher, poses with her clay-making class last year during an artCamp session.Courtesy | Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe

ArtCamp is coming, so get your aspiring young artists registered today!

ArtCentral’s artCamp is coming for two weeks, Mondays through Fridays, July 8-12 and July 14-19. Inspired by this year’s artCamp theme, “All Creatures Great and Small,” our 2019 curriculum is composed from proposals submitted by the individual teachers. Presently, the teachers are perfecting their lesson plans and preparing samples of their class projects that will be on display at artCentral as artCamp registration is underway.

Our 2019 artCamp teachers are the best: All teachers selected as artCamp instructors are either recognized working artists, experts in their media, or public and private school teachers having professional credentials. Many are both practicing artists and school teachers too. I am very grateful for these talented souls who choose to spend their precious summer days guiding and nurturing the young creative spirits who come to artCamp.

I am proud to introduce to you these highly skilled art makers:

• DEB BENTLAGE: Having returned to her Missouri roots, photographer Deb and her dog, Pete, and their cat companion live in The Little House, which she renovated on her family’s old farm. She teaches in Southwest Missouri and is a successful author of self-published books filled with her beautiful photographs.

• ALEXANDRA BURNSIDE: Alexandra grew up in El Paso, Texas. She loves her musical husband, cats and playing with clay. She teaches elementary art at Fairview Elementary and loves making art with kids and watching their creative minds at work. For Alexandra, drawing and doodling are fun and relaxing.

• APRIL BRUNNER-DAVIS: Well-known in and around Carthage as an accomplished painter and experienced teacher in oil and acrylic, April exhibits and teaches frequently throughout Southwest Missouri. She is one of the seven artists contributing to the mural on artCentral’s Great Wall.

• CHERYL CHURCH: Originally from Kansas, Cheryl has taught art at Carthage High School and at artCamp for many years. She’s a painter on the Great Wall by artCentral’s Pottery House and professionally recognized for her vibrant colored pencil drawings and her published coloring books rich in original designs.

• TERI Y. DIGGS: Teri holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Her original design was the official art for our 2017 Maple Leaf Festival. Teri works as a Mark Twain tutor. She teaches art classes and parties for kids and adults at Spellbound Boutique. She lives in Carthage with her husband, Craig, and their son, Jasper.

• ANNE-MARIE GAILEY: Anne-Marie is a longtime participant as an artCamp educator. Art was the emphasis of her bachelor’s degree with a minor in art education. Anne-Marie‘s teaching experience includes high school and elementary art programs in this region and at the Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin.

• ALICE LYNN GREENWOOD-MATHE: I am an artist and the executive director and curator of artCentral. I LOVE artCamp! With my artist husband, David, I like to go for vintage boat and motorcycle rides to discover inspirations. Together we travel, garden and share a big, old house filled with our art and our furry and feathered companions. We’re training our high energy Aussie in French.

• TOM JONES: Tom is an accomplished and prolific artist in many media and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education. He’s won several state and national awards for his cartoons and has instructed at many artCamps. Tom is well-known for his watercolors of snowmen among Carthage landmarks.

• JANE McCAULLEY: Jane taught elementary art for 35 years in Indiana before moving with her husband to Missouri eight years ago. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University. Currently, she teaches classes in glass art at Spiva, in her home studio and at artCentral.

• SARAH SERIO: A native of Neosho, Sarah is a professional artist/printmaker and returning artCamp teacher who enjoys teaching kids to be creative thinkers. Sarah’s prints are shown regionally and exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, Florida. She serves on the Neosho Arts Council Board of Directors.

Curriculum and registration forms may be picked up at artCentral and at Carthage venues including Cherry’s Art Emporium, the Carthage Public Library, KOKA Art Gallery, Mother Road Coffee, The Palms Massage and Day Spa, and the Carthage Deli and in Joplin at Spiva Center for the Arts, Cleo’s Picture Framing and Design, and Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio. Forms for artCamp are also available online at https://www.artcentralcarthage.org/artcamp-2019, where you’ll find all the fun artCamp facts.

Very soon these gifted and dedicated instructors will be teaching artCampers in the terrifically inspiring setting of Hyde House’s beautiful, spacious galleries transformed into classrooms where the walls are filled with remarkable artworks by artCentral’s talented artists showcased in this year’s Annual Membership Exhibition.

The 2019 Annual Membership Exhibition will be on view at Hyde House through all of June, during weekend gallery hours, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., as well as through artCamp. Viewing in July will be by appointment. Detailed information is at www.artcentralcarthage.org. Treat yourself and come visit soon!

Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe is the executive director-curator of artCentral at the Hyde House in Carthage.