We all have our personal stories of how the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown unfolded for us—how it affected our day-to-day lives, loved ones we cared for or lost, how it changed our perspective and revealed something in ourselves or others. Bitfactory Gallery requested artists to submit artworks created during this time as a way to build a collective story and learn about the experience of others. Some created pandemic-themed art to process their thoughts. For others it may have affected their creative practice or style. Entries were curated by juror Amy Métier and the selected works will be displayed in a group exhibition of 2-d artwork called Viral Hope from August 20 - September 9, 2021.
The public is invited to the gallery for an Opening Reception on August 20, 2021, 6-9 pm and to view the show during First Friday Art Walk September 3, 2021, 6-10 pm and Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm for the run of the show. Work can also be viewed and purchased online at www.bitfactory.net
Work by the following artists will be featured: Amy Bobeda, Lindsay Brady, Amy Broderick, Todd Brown, Sandra Ceas, Angela Chambliss, Ellina Chetverikova, Hilary Couch, Brandon Cranford, Keith Dull, Daniel Eisenberg, Aimee Fresia, Ana Gadish-Linares, Lisa Garner, Jeremy Janus, Katie Jones Owen, Beth Kerschen, Richard Knight, Jeff Knubley, Marissa Lum, Don Manderson, Matthew McHugh, Ann Morgan, Clara Nulty, Alex Ogle, Peter Patchen, Joy Redstone, Gregg Rodriguez, Brad Silk, Christa Stephens.
Juror Amy Métier has a BFA and MFA in Painting and is a former Professor of Fine Arts at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has had 13 solo exhibitions. Her next one will be at the William Havu Gallery in 2022. Métier’s abstract paintings are in the Denver Art Museum and Kirkland Museum in Denver as well as private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been awarded artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center in the US as well as the American Academy in Rome, the Ballinglen Foundation in Northern Ireland, the La Napoule Foundation and the Alfred Klotts residency in France.
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