artNotes from Hyde House: artCentral’s HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

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Holiday Boutique time is only two weeks away! Beautiful Hyde House, artCentral’s elegant American foursquare farmhouse home on the hill, is dressed and ready in her holiday best. Betsy Flanigan, artCentral’s board president, Sierra Hicks, artCentral’s student intern, and I have spent a sunny afternoon hanging swags and wreaths of greenery on the porches and doors. The Christmas tree is splendidly decorated with last ornaments placed by members of the board of directors. Soon twinkle lights will be glowing inside and out. We are all very excited for you to come and be dazzled by all the artful treasures you are sure to find.

Admission is free. The public is cordially invited. The green door of hospitality will be open for Holiday Boutique guests on December 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Closing Celebration will be Saturday evening, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Mark your calendars for this must visit destination where scents of aromatic warmth and visual pleasure waft through every gallery downstairs and upstairs, too.

A host of artCentral artists have come together to create this winter wonderland to lift your spirit with inspiration, soothe your soul in the midst of the season’s rushing and satisfy your shopping needs with thoughtful, pocket-friendly choices for everyone on your gift list.

Again this year artCentral’s spectacular limited edition Scarlet Amaryllis imported from Amsterdam will be ready to purchase and bloom through the holidays and well into the New Year. At only $25.00 each, presented in sparkling crimson planters and garnished with lush green bows, these are perfect for decorating your home or office and for giving to family, friends, neighbors and business associates. All the proceeds are dedicated to serving our community through artCentral’s work on behalf of art and artists. Be sure to order the one or more you want. Place your reservation early at (417) 358-4404 or by email to artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org. All will be available for pick up during boutique hours.

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In addition to the Amaryllis there will be a plethora of artful wonders waiting for you!

* In this year’s Boutique Pop-Up Shop original, hand-crafted selections by several artCentral artists will be available including a variety of stocking stuffers plus creations both whimsical and sophisticated.

* The magical Gallery Exhibition—“p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER”—features a retrospective of artworks by the multi-talented Jo Mueller as well as Lori Marble’s gloriously colorful abstract paintings which are available for purchase.

* Additionally, again this year in the SMALL WORKS|GREAT WONDERS Silent Auction you will discover two galleries filled with original 5×7 canvases created by artCentral artists and donated as their fundraiser to support artCentral’s work. Bid and buy your favorites for your own collection or to share with special folks you know. Bidding closes December 4, Saturday, at 7:00 p.m.

Shop local! Between now and Holiday Boutique weekend visit artCentral during Weekend Gallery Hours, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. made possible with the gracious support of Sharon and Lance Beshore and Old Missouri Bank. CDC protocols are practiced at Hyde House at 1110 East Thirteenth in Carthage. For more information call (417) 358-4404 and visit www.artcentralcarthage.org.

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