The Chehalem Cultural Center may be shuttered in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean art has died in Newberg. In fact, the theme of the facility's latest show meets the coronavirus head on.
Titled "Our Changing Context: Initial Artistic Responses to COVID-19," the exhibit is online only and is curated by Carissa Burkett, CCC's director of arts programming. The exhibit was launched in late April and will continue through June 30 at
HYPERLINK "http://www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/our-changing-context" www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/our-changing-context. An artist reception was held online April 24.
"While our building may be closed, we can still bring artists, artworks and community together around art virtually," Burkett said in a press release. She added that the online exhibit "brings together makers of a wide range of mediums from all over the country who have created new works during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Artists featured on the website include Caitlynn Abdow, Bruce Burris, Lisa Crafts, Linden Eller, Jessica Harris, Hannah Krafcik, Sofia Marcus Myer, Maya McLeroy, Machado Mijiga, Rachel Mulder, Stan Peterson, Thomas Pickarski, Christopher Pothier, Owen Premore, Hampton Rodriguez, Teresa Shelton, Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr., Dannika Sullivan, Patricia Vázquez Gómez, Jamie Walsh, Tammy Jo Wilson and Kio Zhu.
Their works range from oil paintings to photographs and videos, from pen and ink drawings to abstract graphite washes on paper.
"Curating this online exhibit has been a unique experience," Burkett said on the event's web page. "Arranging images and text on a screen instead of lugging around my hammer and nails has allowed me to spend more time looking at, thinking about, and arranging these artworks than any physical exhibition I have ever put together. This allowed me the opportunity to bring together artists from across the country who work in widely different mediums, but share the common experience of a pandemic that leaves every life continually grieving a new context, one in which needs cannot be met. How ever each person chooses to make it through each day during this crisis is unique and how each of these artists have created is a testament to humanity."
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