Art for isolation

  • Artwork by Cara Finch hangs in one of the windows of Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/10/2020 3:01:34 PM
Modified: 4/10/2020 3:01:18 PM

Art has a way of connecting on an emotional level. It’s a method of communication that’s more important than ever these days — and one that’s being encouraged by area arts venues, even in isolation.

Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield has issued an open call for multimedia art submissions for a show titled “The ART of social distancing” that will hang in the Main Street venue, visible from the outdoors. It is free and open to the public

“We are inviting local artists to fill the empty windows of Hawks & Reed,” said Ben Goldsher, the venue’s manager. “We are asking artists to display work or make new work that evokes the feels of these strange times. We hope this project brings some light to people in what seems to be a dark time.”

Original drawings, paintings, poems, sculptures, photos or videos will be on display in the windows at Hawks and Reed, facing Main Street and Court Square. Eight windows, plus one television screen, will be filled with a rotating assortment of artwork through the month of April and however much longer it takes to see the COVID-19 crisis through the other side, a press release says. Video and digital creations are welcome and encouraged, and will be displayed on a shared television screen facing the sidewalk along Main Street.

Proper sanitation, personal protective equipment, and social distancing guidelines will be followed when handling, installing and exchanging work. Artists interested in being a part of this show should email info@hawksandreed.com for more information. 

Andy Castillo can be reached at acastillo@recorder.com.




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