artNotes from Hyde House: Reception and Exhibition Celebrate artCampers 

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Two weeks of artCamp are wrapping up with a Reception and Exhibition celebrating artCampers in the Main Gallery at Hyde House on Friday, July 22, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy lemonade and cookies while viewing lots and lots of fun, colorful artCamper creations. Do come and join in this festive evening! Come celebrate our artCampers and their art!

While at Hyde House you will find throughout all the galleries downstairs and upstairs the vibrant works of forty-five artCentral artists are waiting for your viewing pleasure in the Annual Membership Exhibition. You can preview the entire exhibit in the photo album on artCentral’s Facebook page, ArtcentralCarthage, and at artcentralcarthage.org. Take a look online, then come delight and marvel at the wealth of talent shining in this exceptionally strong collection that has surrounded and inspired our young artCamp artists.

Also look for the signage that reminds us there are magic-makers in our community who believe in our young artists and the importance of their having an opportunity to explore their creativity at artCamp. These magic-makers generously contribute the financial support that makes artCamp’s wonder a reality. To all of these magic-makers we send our gratitude and appreciation: the Helen S. Boylan Foundation, the Carthage Area United Way, the Carthage Community Foundation, the Carthage Council on the Arts, Leggett & Platt, Inc., the Rotary Club of Carthage and S&S Computers. Whenever you have an opportunity to encounter any of these good folks, please extend your personal “thank you” for their part in artCamp 2022.

Appreciation also goes out the the community venues who have helped spread the news of artCamp: the Carthage Deli, the Carthage Public Library, ​Cherry’s Art Emporium, Guaranty Bank, Mother Road Coffee, Old Missouri Bank and Spiva Center for the Arts.

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Our 2022 artCamp teachers have been awesome! They make artCamp happen. All teachers are either recognized working artists, experts in their media, or public and private school teachers with professional credentials. Many are both practicing artists and school teachers, too. I am very happy to have the privilege of working with these talented art makers who for two weeks have been mentors for our artCampers:

April Brunner-Davis – Well known in and around Carthage as an award-winning painter and experienced teacher in oil and acrylic.

Alexandra Burnside – This year she was awarded MAEA’s Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, for the state of Missouri.

Maddie Capps – A teacher at Carthage High School and the founder/owner of her own photography business—623 Photography.

Cheryl Church –This year she was awarded MAEA’s High School Art Teacher of the Year, for the state of Missouri.

Teri Y. Diggs –She teaches art classes and offers art parties for kids and has participated in artCentral’s Holiday Boutique.

Jane McCaulley – Besides teaching classes at artCamp, she teaches glass art classes at Spiva, in her home studio and at artCentral.

All six 2022 artCamp teachers will quickly tell you, “artCamp interns are terrific!” Yes, for two weeks they have come early and stayed late to make artCamp go round! Though many interns have summer day jobs, they worked with their employers to manage their schedules so they could come help out and give support throughout each camp day. Thank you! Thank you! to our 2022 artCamp interns Aurelia Burr, Lola Chapman, Brady Cloud, Piper Feurt, Willow Graber, Sydney Hartless, Sierra Hicks, Olivia Manning, Olivia Pierce and Oliver Schrader.

Wrapping artCamp 2022 is bittersweet. Our teaching classrooms will be very quiet after being filled with all the laughter and chatting and music and singing that went along with the art-making. Though I will miss our 2022 artCampers and their teachers and their interns, I am staying happy. Planning for artCamp 2023 is already underway!