Earlier this year, a compelling exhibit of art created during the year in which the COVID-19 pandemic started, was delayed due to the very thing that inspired it.
The necessary mandates of resurgence mitigation to reduce community spread of the illness, forced a closure of Gallery 200, a division of People Made Visible, at 103 West Washington Street in downtown West Chicago during the month of January, and the exhibit aptly named 2020 was postponed.
With a move to Phase 4 guidelines of the Restore Illinois Plan by the Illinois Department of Public Health in early February, limited reopening of the art venue beginning February 12, 2021 was announced and the exhibit is available for public viewing on Fridays, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., through March. There will be no opening reception for 2020, and physical distancing and face masks are required when in the Gallery.
2020 explores the journey taken by eight artists to cope with their fears, pain, and uncertainty during the unprecedented time of a global health crisis. The exhibit features the work of artists Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Judi Horsley, Kathi Kuchler, Britta Renwick, Sue Tripp, and Marita Valdizan, and Heide Morris, and provides their glimpse of the pandemic through their art.
Some of the pieces were made by artists to help them cope with their fears, pain and uncertainty during these unprecedented and worrisome times…some of the art was produced to show that there is always beauty, even during dark times…and some of the art just plain came to be because making art makes the artist feel better.”Brittta Renwick
The one thing all of the artwork in 2020 has in common is that it was produced during the year of the 2020 pandemic, a year none are likely to forget.
To view and shop the exhibit online, or to explore some of the work of other Gallery artists, visit www.gallery200.net.