Art by the masses
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Many months of pandemic protocols have resulted in human beings staying farther away from each other than ever before, but a number of community-focused art projects on the near horizon appear to be designed to bring them together again—at least in spirit.
Homework will also be part of Allied Arts Whatcom READS Art Challenge, which will require participants to read this year’s selection for the countywide book club, Canadian author Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black. As you follow the engrossing tale of a boy who escapes a brutal life of slavery only to discover he’ll never be seen as equal to others due to the color of his skin—despite his sharp intellect, bravery, risk-taking and enduring resilience—keep in mind ways you might translate his adventures and struggles into a singular work of art. Themes of race and belonging, social justice and the natural world will continue to be part of the discussions and online events taking place in advance of Edugyan’s virtual visits on March 4-5, so if you’re looking for even more inspiration, take a closer look at the lineup. Once you’ve read the book and created accompanying artwork, obtain an entry form and submit your selection to the non-juried show on March 2-3 at the Cornwall Avenue gallery in downtown Bellingham. All mediums, genres and skill levels are welcome while space lasts, and items will be shown on a first-come, first-hung basis. The monthlong show will open March 5 at Allied Arts, ensuring the conversation around Washington Black will continue into the spring. For more info, go to http://www.whatcomreads.org.
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