I'm happy to say that Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) has purchased 11 of my photos for their collection. VBMC is a medical facility located in Poughkeepsie, NY with 72 physicians covering 22 specialty areas of medicine with 2,200 employees. The hospital has been recognized for 'America's 50 Best Hospitals Award.' My photos (along with several other photographers) will be displayed in their new 8 story building which is a half-billion dollar construction project!
While life with Covid has been challenging for all of us, it has really taken it's toll on the art world. Gone are the days of concerts and festivals, art openings, conferences, workshops and exhibitions. Since many 'normal' activities are on hold, many photographers are out of work.
These circumstances have had a profound effect on photographers and other artists. I've talked to numerous creative people who are so discouraged with the situation that they've given up making art. There has also been an increase in depression with the population at large.
On the other hand, many artists have turned 'inward' and found this time to be an opportunity to move deeper into the creative process. I fall into this later category. I'm creating more work now than I ever have. It's a matter of letting go and connecting with inspiration and spirit at a deeper level.
While this global crisis will pass, being inside of it today seems like an eternity. As bad as the situation is, it's up to us to decide how we will respond to it.
With Covid taking control of the world, we are seeing a new landscape (pun intended) in the art world!
While it's exciting to go to art openings at various galleries, that has stopped. Gallery openings are very social events filled with people, food, drink, and a good time (and hopefully good art work). And it's exciting to be part of the 'scene.' Instead, we need to stay home. Gallery openings are not happening.
But the good news is everything has shifted to the internet - including art shows. Exhibitions and galleries that I've been involved with are still active and busy. But now they live online. While not quite as exciting as going to a gallery, websites are a great medium for showing artwork. Additionally, lectures and presentations about art can be found on social media such as Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.
Unfortunately, 'virtual exhibitions' don't seem to generate the sale of artwork in the same way as visiting a gallery. Sales are down. Art buyers want the tactile experience of art (and I can't blame them). How does it look? How does it feel? Will it fit in my living room? At this point, the internet acts as a 'wall' between art and the audience.
While this it is the best we can do, time will change!