Ta-da! We did it!
Today, “06880” celebrates one full year of our Saturday morning art gallery.
In those first frightening days of the pandemic, I put out the call: Create art. Then send it in. A welcome tradition was born.
It was a way for artists and photographers to work through so many jumbled emotions. It was a way too for readers around the world to appreciate our artists, without the galleries and shows they always relied on.
In the beginning, work was entirely COVID-related. Oils, lithographs, sketches, photos, crafts — they showed masks, isolation, hearts. They evoked fear, uncertainty, hope.
Over time, other themes emerged. The summer’s Black Lives Movement sparked a new type of art — and a familiar welter of mixed emotions.
Gradually, our gallery changed. Nature emerged. Traditional scenes reappeared. Whimsy popped up.
Coincidentally, 12 artists contributed works to this week’s anniversary gallery. That’s one for every month we’ve endured.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope it’s not an onrushing train.
Meanwhile, our “06880” art gallery will continue. As always, we welcome whatever form suits your mood. You don’t have to be a pro, or even experienced. Send it all!
Student submissions of all ages are especially welcome. So are artists who have not submitted before.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, to share your work with the world.