artNotes from Hyde House: Thankful for artCentral’s HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

Brenda Hayes, fiber artist of Joplin, will offer her creations at artCentral's HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, December 5, 6 and 7, 2019.

In this season when we pause to give gratitude I am thankful for art—the beauty of art and the comfort of art; the passion and the inspiration of art; the power and the challenge of art. I am thankful I wake into each new day to enjoy sharing art with my artist husband, David, my arty family, my art-loving friends and the artists and patrons of artCentral.

I am thankful art makes my world go round. I live and breathe art. I dream of art. I make art. I celebrate art. I work for my love of art and artists. I am thankful for the privilege of serving as Executive Director-Curator of artCentral, our hometown non-profit arts center.

artCentral’s benefactress, Katherine Hyde, herself an aspiring artist, with her passing bequeathed her family’s historic foursquare home, Hyde House, always to be used to promote, exhibit, teach and foster the appreciation of fine arts in our community of Carthage and our neighbors. 


I am thankful for Sandy Higgins, the visionary first director of artCentral. Over thirty years ago Sandy walked into the Central Avenue studio of a handful of artists and knew she could create a venue for them to show and share their art. She did create a venue. They did show and share their art. A non-profit arts organization was born and thrives today as artCentral at home in beautiful, elegant Hyde House on the hill.

I am thankful for artCentral’s rotating exhibitions throughout each year that showcase local, regional and even international art and artists.  I am thankful for artCentral’s seasonal HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE where we all can practice thanksgiving by shopping locally, supporting artists and choosing art for our holiday gift-giving.

Please mark your calendar for December 5, 6 and 7 and come to artCentral’s HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE in festively decorated Hyde House at 1110 East Thirteenth Street. Admission is free for all three days.

You’ll find Hyde House full of amazing pocket friendly art created for you by many of our regions most talented artists including Linda Brown (Sgraffito clay giftables), Alexandra Burnside (whimsical pillows), April Davis-Brunner (paintings, wind chimes, mugs and coasters), Teri Diggs (garden art), Jerry Ellis (framed prints), Judith Fowler (angel journals and pillows),  Kristin Gerard (jewelry), Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé (prints and cards), Becky Golubski (paintings, mugs and pillows), Brenda Hayes (fiber creations), Helen Kunze (paintings), Koral Martin (porcelain ornaments), Jane McCaulley (glass ornaments), Mary Parks (cutting boards, coasters, small paintings), Marty Ann Petersen (whimsical ornaments), Priscilla Pettie(jewelry) and Dana Reed (Owl and Willow artisan candles).

When you shop at artCentral’s HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, you will make a difference in the cultural life of our community by supporting these talented artists.

  • December 5th, Thursday, 5-8 pm—HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE preview, shopping and SILENT AUCTION launch.
  • December 6th, Friday evening, 5-8 pm—shopping and SILENT AUCTION bidding times continue.
  • December 7th, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm—morning and afternoon shopping with the SILENT AUCTION bidding concluding at 3:00 pm.

Featured again this year, in addition to artCentral artist creations, are artCentral’s signature fundraising, modestly priced Amaryllis in chic, vintage-styled galvanized planters ($25 for a single and $30 for two bulbs). Perfect for your own home, these limited edition beauties, planted to bloom at the peak of the holiday festivities, make lovely gifts for everyone on your list. Reserve several and prepay by calling (417) 358-4404 in advance of the HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE.

Give yourself the gift of HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE shopping, Amaryllis selecting and SILENT AUCTION bidding all for the love of art and artists!

I am thankful as I anticipate your visit during this season of Thanksgiving, celebrating and gifting!

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