On behalf of the Arno Maris Gallery, I would like to let you know that the arts are still alive and well at Westfield State University. Unfortunately, three exhibitions this semester were impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. One exhibit Manipulation was cut short and two other exhibits were canceled. I would like to give all of you the chance to view two of these powerful exhibitions virtually.
Manipulation by Amanda Kralovic was cut short. It brings forward a powerful display of movement in the form of a variety of printmaking techniques. Amanda’s inspiration is water shown through shapes, colors, forms and layered relationships.
The second exhibition is Illustration featuring the works of Dan Delisle, Amanda Putnam, and Dillon McGuire. As you will see each artist explores the chosen subject using different materials and techniques. Individual interpretations present dramatic contrasts which adds excitement for the viewer. Each artist takes you down an interesting road leading to creativity explored in a unique way. This show will resurface October 27–December 5, 2020, with some new artists, added to the list.
The third exhibition is our annual Student Art Show which was intended to be part of ARTWEEK. This is a juried exhibit and students consider it an honor to be chosen. This annual show features work in the following disciplines: Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Computer Graphics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Illustration, Animation, Design, and Ceramics. The cancellation was a disappointment to our students as an awards ceremony is always a feature of the celebratory reception. It also serves as a time to reflect on our students’accomplishments and engage with each other while viewing some amazing works of art. For these reasons, the Spring Student Art Show 2020 has been rescheduled for the Fall semester 2020, September 15–October 17.
I hope this letter finds you healthy and well and full of positive anticipation for what the future will bring. As we contemplate life during our quiet moments we can also appreciate the beauty around us, be it nature, solitude, or innovative outcomings of the creative spirit. May this time of stepping back reenergize our spirits.
Arno Maris Gallery Director
Westfield State University