BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Morgan Arts Council is presenting How Are You Feeling: Expressions in Uncertainty at the Ice House Gallery, with artists visualizing the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic had on their artistic expression.
Many artists are local to West Virginia while others come from the District of Columbia and neighboring states, including Virginia and Maryland. The show, curated by Maureen Doyle, opens Jan. 15 and hangs through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I am excited to be able to curate my first show during such an important time,” said Doyle. “Through history, art has been a means of communication. It has provided a way to tell a story about people and the times in which they lived. In this show, each piece of work communicates a unique perspective of how that artist is relating to what is happening to them and around them. I can’t think of a better way to tell the story of a pandemic than through art.”
More than 20 artists with varied styles are participating, including first-time local photographer Dan Bowers and wire sculpture artist Mark Conrad. Hiroko Rubin returns with her popular face masks, some made with vintage Japanese kimonos. Elsa Riveros and Victoria Pendragon are displaying paintings inspired by the pandemic along with first-time New Jersey artist Michele Pasciullo with stained glass and mosaic tile pieces. Other artists from the Ice House Gallery Co-op will be featured bringing paintings, jewelry, wood, metal and fiber art.
The Hall of Dreams Gallery features West Virginia artist Seth Pitt and his work, “Small Tales, New Worlds and Creatures of the Heart,” that includes his first exhibition of work in watercolor.
Masks are mandatory for all visitors throughout the building.
The curated gallery shows are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and local hotel/motel taxes.
For more information, call 304-258-2300 or visit www.macicehouse.org.