Artists try new techniques, prepare for rescheduled Art League’s show


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Kathie Benson was delighted that her watercolor painting, “Succulents,” was recognized with a sponsor award at last year’s North Brevard Art League’s Spring Show.

Courtesy of J.G. McClary 

North Brevard Art League members have found innovative ways to express their creativity while sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s been an opportunity to experiment with new techniques,” Laurie Griffin said. 

She enhanced her craft by taking virtual classes.

Diane Deshong Cannon worked on painting and project ideas that had been on her mind for a while.

“The quarantine has been a great time to play with my art without the pressure of deadlines,” she said.

New works of art emerged from the isolation. It also allowed the artists time to prepare for the league’s 56th annual art show, rescheduled to Oct. 9 to 11.

Providing the virus subsides, it will take place at the Holiday Inn at 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd. in Titusville. Show times are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 11.

The event is free and the public is invited. Much of the art will be available for purchase.

“We will feature several categories — acrylic, graphics and drawing, three-dimensional art, mixed media and photography,” said Renee Stewart, the North Brevard Art League president. 

Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to first, second and third place winners in each category, as well as Best of Show and People’s Choice.

Other features include a silent auction, a Disney ticket raffle and raffles for baskets with items from local businesses.

Works of art created in isolation include “2020” by Laura Zoellner. It expresses her feelings of isolation and fear, when the pandemic began.

“I painted people inside protective bubbles,” she said. “At first, everything was in shades of blue. I added more color and a warm glow inside the bubbles, as I became more hopeful that everything would be all right.”

Zoeller’s “Pandemic Art” and that of other artists can be viewed on the league’s website, under the heading, “What we are working on during isolation.”

For information about the North Brevard Art League and its upcoming show, go to northbrevardartleague.com or email northbrevardartleague@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.