How does the artist create in a world of social distancing? What inspires an artist in isolation?
These are the questions the Cultural Council of Indian River County put to its visual arts members back in March when personal interaction defaulted to online connections. Their submitted works have been on display on the Cultural Council’s webpage, Art for Art’s Sake. Now, in a full circle, from the electronic medium to the public space, Art For Art’s Sake: “Art in social isolation,” the current exhibit at Vero Beach Regional Airport
Twelve artists were selected from among dozens who have submitted art to the website (www.cultural-council.org/art-for-art-sake). There are 20 works in various mediums on display. “Since the inception of Art For Art’s Sake, we have been continually receiving wonderful images created by area artists,” says Mark Wygonik, administrator of the Art in Public Places project. “Memories of places near and far, happy times spent with family and friends, pride and patriotism of country, are several of the themes that are resonating at this time.”
The Cultural Council’s Art in Public Places program has been exhibiting works of art around the county since 2015. The four venues, IRC Courthouse, buildings A and B at the Administration Complex, the Intergenerational Recreation Center and the Vero Beach Regional Airport, offer local artists the opportunity to exhibit their art and the public to enjoy the creativity and visual interest in otherwise plain places. Artists are called to submit their works, sometimes relating to a theme. The selections are on display for a three- to four-month rotating time period.
The Cultural Council of Indian River County promotes visual, literary and performing arts through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. For more information visit www.Cultural-Council.org or phone 772-770-4857.