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Shelter From The Storm: Art Created in these Turbulent Times

January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - February 21, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

I will be at the Gualala Art Center on Wed. Jan. 27, 11 am to 2 pm. Please come by and visit the show and me. Gentle smiles.

This show is a wonderful exhibit to see positive, and expressive art is what is seen at this show.

It is a wow. I am also proud of my community and like to say that members from the Coast Highway Art Collective, Point Arena, added their pieces to this exhibition go see Andrea Allen, Chinese brush painting Colette Coad, glass, Chris Grassano, painting, Scott Sewell, photography and Ling-Yen Jones, jewelry.

“Shelter From The Storm—Art Created in these Turbulent Times” is an exhibit consisting of works created about the challenges facing us as a society. There will be paintings, photography, collages, sculptures and all media types encouraged and accepted.

Since March, each of us has been tasked with maneuvering forward during the age of COVID-19, all the while contending with civil unrest, fires, and the collective grief imposed by self-isolation. The purpose of this exhibit is to create a dialog about what we have been doing and working on as artists, each of us holding up a mirror reflecting our new cultural norms, sometimes gratefully for the blessings in our lives, sometimes angrily for the dramatic loss we all must contend with. Whatever you have been working on, we would love to have you share it with us.

This was hard for me. I felt it was a hard uninspiring time. I felt pushed, angry, and frustrated. Yet I was asked for this exhibition to show and share what I was doing. I found some small inspired pieces that I was working on.  Thank you GAC for this opportunity to show and share the tiny light of joy I experienced.

This was Sus’s idea and what he wrote to inspire and request.

When thinking about writing my ED letter this month, I ran across this excerpt from Reference.com:

Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Research has shown art affects the fundamental sense of self. Painting, sculpture, music, literature and the other arts are often considered to be the repository of a society’s collective memory. Art preserves what fact-based historical records cannot: how it felt to exist in a particular place at a particular time.

I hope you take your time to share with our community what you have “felt” during the past year. If you have not created something to share, I hope you will take this “call to action” and create something, anything that comes to you and articulate it and manifest it into this realm as something physical to share.

It is one thing to process feelings by creating art but, by sharing art with your greater community as well, it takes on a whole new meaning and impact for us all.

I cannot thank each of you enough for believing in the arts and helping us get through 2020 and giving us hope for 2021.

Together we have proven that we can get through this with creativity, generosity, kindness and gratitude and of course my favorite, LOVE.

I look forward to rising to the occasion, with all of you, and going into this New Year with creative optimisms lifting our spirits to whatever the next day brings us.




January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am
February 21, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


Gualala Art Center
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Gualala Art Center 46501 Old State Hwy
46501 Old State Highway
Gualala, 95445 United States
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