On April 22, 2020

Chandler hosts community-wide, pandemic-safe art show

Wednesday, April 22—RANDOLPH—Randolph is hosting a community pop–up exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in a manner that reflects our pandemic lives in 2020, starting on April 22. This outdoor drive-by or walk–by  exhibit is designed to be safe to participate in and view as we celebrate our stewardship of the Earth and our collective responsibility to take care of each other and the creatures in our world.

The pop-up exhibit, “Spread Art -Sow Hope-Dig In” will be installed in front of Chandler Gallery at 71 N. Main St. in Randolph and reflect the power of the arts to focus our attention and raise our spirits as we reflect and react to the world this spring. It is open to all creative spirits in the area following a few common sense rules. Many of the submissions will come from area students who have been creating diverse art projects as part of a project “After The Storm… Rainbows” as part of a global response by young people to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other community submissions can reflect creative responses to our time of social isolation for common good and concerns about the Earth.

The set up for the exhibit will begin Tuesday evening April 21 (and be finished by 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 22) and will be taken down Sunday April 26 (depending on weather.) It will follow guidelines for safe and minimal interactions.

The gallery is asking people to consider materials that can be displayed outside and are reflective of a reduce and recycle ethos. To follow health precautions they ask that people set-up and take down their own work, wear masks or face coverings, maintain social distancing when viewing the exhibit, and not touch work on display.

This exhibit will be archived by the White River Craft Center as part of its revised Earth Day activities. Artists can submit additional Earth Day work to director Jessica Wilkinson  for inclusion in the online project. More creative projects are being encouraged and supported by The Arts Bus through its free Kits for Kids project being distributed now by its director, Genny Albert.

This project was initiated by community art enablers at The White River Craft Center, The Arts Bus,  Chandler Art Gallery and the Randolph Elementary School. Please expand on the idea in creative ways and join us in this celebration of community, 50 years of Earth Day, and the depictions of hope by local artists and children.

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