artNotes from Hyde House: Register Today for artCamp


artCamp is coming! Get your aspiring young artists registered today!

Yes, artCentral’s artCamp is coming for two weeks, July 11 through July 22, 2022! Curriculum and registration forms may be picked up in Carthage at artCentral, the Carthage Deli, the Carthage Public Library, ​ Cherry’s Art Emporium, Guaranty Bank, Mother Road Coffee and the Old Missouri Bank and in Joplin at Spiva Center for the Arts. Forms are also available online at where you will find all the fun artCamp facts.

Inspired by a generous donation of gourds, dried and ready to be transformed into art, this year’s artCamp theme is “GOURD-a-RAMA plus LOTS MORE!” Besides creating gourds—decorated with weaving or made into works of art like birds and fiercely friendly beasts and houses with clay tenants—artCampers can choose from a plethora of classes including photography (black and white, portraits, still life and nature); a Harry Potter art party with potions, banners, wands and more; jewelry, wind chimes and dream catchers; colorful glass creations like sailboat suncatchers and hanging fishes; stones painted to tell stories and favorite birds and baby animals painted on canvas.

Our 2022 artCamp teachers are the best! All teachers 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 proud to introduce to you these highly talented art makers.


APRIL BRUNNER-DAVIS – Well known in and around Carthage as an award-winning painter and experienced teacher in oil and acrylic, April exhibits and teaches frequently throughout southwest Missouri. She was named 2020 Carthage Artist of the Year and is one of the seven artists contributing to the mural on artCentral’s Great Wall.

ALEXANDRA BURNSIDE – Alexandra grew up in El Paso. 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. This year she was awarded MAEA’s Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, for the state of Missouri.

MADDIE CAPPS – A former artCamp intern, Maddie currently serves on the artCentral Board of Directors. A native Carthaginian, she teaches at her alma mater, Carthage High School. The founder/owner of her own photography business—623 Photography, since her 2015 artCentral Emerging Artists exhibition, shared with a friend, Maddie has regularly exhibited her photography.

CHERYL CHURCH – Originally from Kansas, Cheryl has taught art at Carthage High School and at art camp for many years. She’s professionally recognized for her colored pencil drawings and her published coloring books. This year she was awarded MAEA’s High School Art Teacher of the Year, for the state of Missouri.

TERI Y. DIGGS – Teri, an artCentral member artist, holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. Her original design was the official art for a recent Maple Leaf Festival. She teaches art classes and offers art parties for kids and adults. She has been an artCamp teacher and has participated in artCentral’s Holiday Boutique.

ALICE LYNN GREENWOOD-MATHÉ – I am an artist, artCamp Director and the Executive Director-Curator of artCentral. I LOVE artCamp! Together my artist husband David and I exhibited 98 of our original paintings and sculptures in our 2022 spring exhibition, SIGNS & WONDERS. We love to travel, garden and share our big, old house filled with art and our furry companions. We are training our high energy Aussie in French.

JANE McCAULLEY – Teaching makes Jane happy! She taught elementary art for 35 years in Indiana before moving with her husband to Missouri 13 years ago. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees from Ball State University. She teaches classes in glass art at Spiva, in her home studio and at artCentral.

Yes, artCamp Teachers are the best! 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 2022 Annual Membership Exhibition will be on view at Hyde House through all of June, during weekend gallery hours, Fridays and Saturdays, 12:00-5:00 p.m., as well as through artCamp. Treat yourself to an afternoon of pleasure and inspiration! Come visit soon!