Art Made in the Shutdown: Mary K. Thomas

Peaceful Rhythm, copper, 2020, by Mary K. Thomas (sold)

Since the beginning of the COVID Shutdown, CAN has shared virtual gallery tours and studio visits and other updates from artists about how they were impacted, how they were challenged, and how they coped during the isolation. Now more than three months into the crisis, we know artists have not stopped making work, even if they have had to channel their creativity in new ways. Some have not had access to their usual facilities and media. For some, the period of isolation has challenged or inspired them to try new things.

As galleries begin to re-open under limited circumstances, we are pleased to partner with Worthington Yards to show what some Cleveland artists have made during these strange days. More than 120 artists responded to the call to exhibit works made in the last few months.  It is an enormous amount of work, and what it all has in common is this moment in time–the world upended by a virus and the long-overdue reckoning with police violence and racial inequity.

You’re invited to see the exhibit in-person during the following hours:

Friday, June 26th from Noon-4pm
Saturday, July 11th. Noon-4pm Open Gallery Hours
Saturday, July 25th, Noon-4pm Open Gallery Hours

We thank you for WEARING MASKS and respecting all Social Distancing policies.

You’re also invited to join a Zoom dialog with the artists at 11 am Saturday, July 11.

Topic: Dialog: Art Made in the Shutdown
Time: Jul 11, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 2714 5758
Password: 003677

In the mean time, we will continue to share video visits with participating artists in their studios. Here Mary K. Thomas discusses  her medium, copper, and her sculptural work , Peaceful Rhythm, inspired by her sons:


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