Tuesday, 29 September 2020

‘Elemental’ and ‘Postcards from Isolation’ exhibit openings

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08.08.2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – The Middletown Art Center is opening its first exhibit since the shelter in place, “Elemental,” on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A second capsule exhibit, “Postcards from Isolation,” will be featured in the small gallery.

The public is invited to participate in an evening of arts and culture with artists and art appreciators online, via Zoom and Facebook, or onsite at MAC. Social distancing and masking will be observed at MAC indoors and outdoors.

The Elemental show includes work by several new artists in addition to veteran MAC artists. Selected works on view are about or of the elements: water, earth, air, fire (light), metal, and wood. The exhibit will feature works on canvas, paper, photography and sculpture.

Concurrently, “Postcards from Isolation”, a community-wide collaborative exhibition documents a broad variety of artistic responses to the current pandemic and experiences of isolation, social distancing or other related COVID-19 themes.

The public is invited to create their own postcards Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MAC during gallery hours, or if you are still sheltering in place, send a 5-inch by 8-inch postcard to MAC in any medium. Postcards will be selected for addition to the exhibit.

The remote opening will feature a guided virtual tour of the gallery. Napa Valley-based art and design professional Nicola Chipps is a new addition to the MAC staff and has recently been named curatorial advisor.

Chipps will host a livestream conversation with the Elemental exhibition artists via Zoom and Facebook beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Some artists will be present at MAC while others will be joining via Zoom.

The 360-degree virtual tour is provided by Third Eye Visuals and will be available for the duration of the exhibit and archived on MAC’s website.

MAC’s doors will open at 6 p.m. and the virtual exhibit will be launched at that time for home viewing. The guided tour and livestream begin at 6:30 p.m. promptly. All are invited and encouraged to join free of charge. Visit www.MiddletownArtCenter.org on Saturday evening for the zoom link.

Visitors to the gallery will enter in their “bubbles” or independently, with masks and social distancing observed. A limited number of visitors will be allowed in the gallery at a given time. There will also be refreshments and live music outside in the MAC Art Garden.

“Elemental” will be on view through the end of October. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment by calling 707-809-8118.

In addition to “Postcards from Isolation,” a mini-exhibit of a selection of work from “Being Leonardo,” an Artists in School project with Middletown schools is also on view in the gallery. Being Leonardo was funded with support from the California Arts Council.

Artists wishing to learn more about exhibiting at MAC can visit www.middletownartcenter.org/calls-for-work .

The MAC is located at 21456 State Highway 175 at the junction of Highway 29 in the heart of Middletown.

Visit www.middletownartcenter.org to stay up to date on all that is happening at MAC and learn more about upcoming calls for work, exhibitions, classes, events, and ways to help support and sustain MAC and its work weaving the arts into daily life in Lake County.

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