artNotes from Hyde House: At the Heart of artCentral

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Art is all about heart. Having heart. Taking heart. Seeing and creating with heart. At artCentral we live and work, play and thrive with heart!

For seven blissful years Betsy Flanigan has been at the heart of artCentral! With tremendous gratitude we extend heart-felt appreciation to Betsy in her retirement from artCentral’s board of directors. Throughout her seven years on the board, and especially during her past three-years as president, Betsy has led the board and artCentral to ever more expansion and vitality. Our gratitude also goes out to Betsy’s husband Bren Flanigan who has been an ever willing, can-do volunteer.

Betsy’s positive outlook, her years of philanthropic experience, her “this isn’t hard” attitude, her beautiful smile and bright laughter, and her multi-skilled tool box have made tackling any task along with her a doable pleasure, no matter how large the challenge or how steep the learning curve.

While Betsy led the board we worked on many collaborative undertakings. Betsy and I planned programming, wrote fundraising letters, crafted emails, developed posts for social media and attended educational workshops to enhance our fundraising skills. With all my heart I thank Betsy for generously sharing her time, talents and skills during her board tenure. The board and I join together in wishing Betsy many happy pleasures in all her future endeavors in Carthage and beyond!

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At the Heart of artCentral, creating and catalyzing events and exhibitions, is a dedicated, beautifully balanced board of directors that includes Jackie Boyer, Alexandra Burnside, Maddie Capps, Wendi Douglas, Kalee Hinspeter, Doug Osborn, Jason Shelfer and newest member Cheryl Church. Each month, for the love of art and artists, they gather at artCentral to guide the behind-the-scenes business of making our unique, hometown non-profit arts center a place of vibrant and exciting fine arts culture.

At artCentral’s recent Board and Annual Membership Meetings officers were elected for our 2022-2023 year. Doug Osborn is stepping up to serve as board president. Lori Marble will assume the responsibilities of our secretary, while Kalee Hinspeter continues in her role as treasurer.

At the Heart of artCentral are the generous artCentral Members and Community Supporters who continue stepping up and contributing to help artCentral bring grand art to our small town as we continue to help grow and expand our mission to support, share and teach fine arts in greater Carthage.

At the Heart of artCentral is the Annual Membership Exhibition and Picnic when artCentral’s galleries showcase a host of artcentral artists and their tremendous talents. This year artCentral artists will present their richly diverse creative expressions in a broad spectrum of dimensions and subjects and media for your delight and celebration at the Opening Awards Picnic, June 3, 2022, Friday, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Make your $10.00 dinner reservations by email to artCentral@artcentralcarthage.org or by phone (417) 358-4404.

The Annual Membership Exhibition will continue through July 23, 2022, with viewing during weekend hours through June 24 and by appointment during July. More information can be found on artCentral’s website at artcentralcarthage.org.

At the Heart of artCentral is artCamp where uninhibited, lyrical children fill Hyde House with their love for art and their art-making laced with laughter. Yes! artCamp is coming for two weeks, Mondays through Fridays, July 11-15 and July 18-19, 2022! Curriculum and registration forms will be available soon at venues around Carthage and Joplin and at artCentral. They will also be available on the artCamp page at artcentralcarthage.org where you will find all the fun artCamp facts. With all our hearts we are eager for your budding artists to come and make art at artCentral!