Letting Go of Winter

By C.J. Lori / March 12, 2021

As some warmer days get sprinkled through March, I can’t help but think of Shakespeare’s opening line in Richard III, Now is the winter of our discontent.  Whether it is the minor struggles of cabin fever and too many Zooms, or the major devastation of lost lives and jobs, we are all tired and sad…

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Subjects Close at Hand

By Bennett Gewirtz / March 9, 2021

As the pandemic approached one year, I found myself struggling to find subject matter that seemed relevant to the times and to me. Before Covid, I was painting subjects from the retail world. I took that experience and transitioned to painting pandemic-related topics. Several of these paintings were posted earlier on this site. The most…

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Creating Marking Lives COVID-19

By Elizabeth Awalt / March 7, 2021

In December 2020, after nine months of COVID-19 deaths, I woke to the unsettling statistic that 270,000 people in the U.S. had died. The lives lost were simply numbers on the front page. The virus was impossible to ignore, but at the same time, somehow unmarked. I’m an artist who has been painting for forty…

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Poetry of the Shadows

By Allan Gorman / March 2, 2021

A new recent painting envisioning our isolation during the time of Covid. This one evokes the poetics of light and dark, a good metaphor, I think, for our experience of the pandemic.   Strong light calls attention to the mysteries in its opposite. Just now, before it’s not.     Copyright © 2021 Allan Gorman…

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Painting as Excavation

By Lydia Gralla / February 27, 2021

As a life-long artist,  most of my time has been spent in isolation; working alone in my studio is a necessity. So when Covid lockdown was first imposed it did not appear to have a significant impact on my day-to-day life. But after a few months I did sense a difference; I realized that my isolation…

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My Pandemic Art Journey

By Maria Poroy / February 25, 2021

In mid-March, we began to shelter in place, not knowing what to expect and most certainly not expecting the lockdown to last this long. When faced with uncertainty, I did as you’d expect and froze up like a deer in the headlights. Then I began to Marie Kondo my sock drawer, moving on to a…

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From Hero to Zero

By Kavin Mistry / February 23, 2021

It was the height of the pandemic, the hospital ICUs were filled with COVID-positive patients, respirators were in short supply, everyone was stuck at home due to the lockdown watching the daily death tolls rise, the Jacob Javits Center in NYC had been converted to a makeshift hospital, and Grubhub couldn’t keep up with the…

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On the Bridge of Sighs

By C. Peter Erickson / February 16, 2021

As an architect, I am interested in how people move through space. Essential to this perspective is the passage of time. COVID-19 has brought us to a “new normal” and even beyond. This is uncharted territory for the world. Yet we persist, as individual travelers through this world, in sometimes diverse and sometimes conflicting ways.…

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From the Heart

By Maria Poroy / February 13, 2021

I started the heart series before the pandemic with no goal other than making something beautiful and decorative. The series was an experiment in form and color. But as the pandemic began, the hearts took on new meaning.  They became a conduit for expressing my own inner turmoils. And they became a way of connecting…

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The Pandemic and My Work

By Rolf Abendroth / February 12, 2021

I perceive the pandemic as a diffuse threat and a restriction on many opportunities for action and encounter in my life. Only one thing remains unrestricted: my work in the shelter of my studio. Here I feel free and safe.   Layers and blurring of colors and contrasts between light and dark open up the…

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