Submitted by the Huntsville Art Society
Building an art exhibition one post at a time
With the closure of the Algonquin Theatre due to the mitigation measures in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned exhibition that was to take place in Partners Hall in April and May has gone virtual instead.
The Huntsville Arts Society (HAS) is currently presenting on its Facebook page the annual members’ show Envisioning A New Decade.
The exhibition features a selection of works by 25 of its members, and is being mounted incrementally, one art work at a time. Each piece is accompanied by the artist’s reflection on the significance of the work presented, within the context of our current situation.
When the gallery committee of the Huntsville Art Society met together earlier this year to create a call for entry for the members’ show, they never imagined that the theme that they would choose would turn out to be so prescient. Artists responded to the invitation to show in a variety of ways, proving that the artful interpretation of future possibilities is unique and wide.
The selection of art works was finalized in March before shutdown measures were put in place. It soon became apparent that the regular rotation of gallery shows in Algonquin Theatre was going to be disrupted and that the April members’ show could not be installed.
“We were supposed to be in Partners Hall now but that is not going to happen. What if we had a virtual show on our facebook page instead?” suggested HAS membership coordinator Roberta Twaddle, who is one of the participating artists.
The gallery committee and artists concurred and now the daily postings are appearing.
The creative challenge of the theme has come to take on new meaning as history-making events are unfolding now. The Huntsville Art Society looks forward to returning to Partners Hall as soon as is appropriate—with much time left in the decade—where envisioning the near and distant future, in art-filled ways, can be shared as a physical experience once again.
The gallery committee wants to thank all the artists who submitted works and who are providing such thoughtful insight in these exceptional circumstances. Our gratitude extends to all those individuals who are providing essential services and supports and to everyone who is heeding self-distancing measures by staying home and taking care there or when being in the world.
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