The S.P.A.C.E Between Online Show

April 17 - September 30, 2020

The S.P.A.C.E Between

An online art show in response to the pandemic

Everyone is invited to submit images of art made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the ways the ArtPod Collective can provide a way for the community to use art and creativity to connect with each other through these unusual times.

Good quality images of art in any media can be sent to metchosinartpod@gmail.com for posting online on our facebook page. There is no fee, no commission and no jurying although ArtPod reserves the right to choose which art to display. Our aim is to show a diverse range of art from as many people as possible of all ages.

Art by young people is encouraged.

The show will run from April 17th to May 30 in groupings rolled out periodically on the ArtPod facebook page. We will have a Zoom opening on Saturday May 9, 7-8 pm.

People submitting art are requested to include a short blurb describing how the art relates to the theme and to provide details of art (title, medium, size, framed/unframed) and price, if for sale. ArtPod will facilitate any sales inquires to protect contact information of participants.

For more information email metchosinartpod@gmail.com or phone 778-265-2787. 

 

Artworks (Scroll Down):

Purchase Inquires can be made to: metchosinartpod@gmail.com

 

ArtPod artist David Westelmajer created this wonderful stained glass piece entitled “Conquering the Virus.” He says “The globe in the middle represents the extent of the pandemic. The red and gold nubs echo the shape of the virus. The yellow petals show the floral dress of Mother Nature. Finally the linked figures are the front line health care workers who will conquer the virus.” 19″ diameter. $500. Purchase inquiries can be sent to metchosinartpod@gmail.com

ArtPod artist Janet Rayner Thorn created this piece, entitled “Taking Shelter.” Oil on canvas, 24×24. Unframed $750.

“Sanitized II” by Diana Smith (ArtPod Artist), 8 x 10.5, mixed media on paper with disinfectant wipes, $50 unframed.

 

 

“Covid Era Art 1” by June Haynes. June tells us that she is “working in my home studio as my shared studio space is closed due to the virus. I am working small in response to the virus situation and keeping it simple.” Oil pastel on paper, 6″ x 6″, $75 unframed. Interested in purchase? Contact metchosinartpod@gmail.com. For more of June’s art see https://junehaynes.weebly.com/

Artist: Janet Dean

 

 

Lungs
Melanie Dawson-Whisker
Acrylic and Mixed media on Canvas
4’ x 5’

Lungs
By Townes Van Zandt
Won’t you lend your lungs to me?
Mine are collapsing
Plant my feet and bitterly breathe
Up the time that’s passing.
Breath I’ll take and breath I’ll give
Pray the day ain’t poison
Stand among the ones that live
In lonely indecision.

 

ArtPod member Elaine Hughes usually works in watercolour, but everything is upended these days. She says when she “saw all the images of empty streets in Europe and elsewhere” she was inspired to paint this image, “trying to emphasize the light at the end of the tunnel.” The Streets of Europe, Acrylic on canvas, 9 x 12, NFS. More of Elaine’s art can be seen at: https://elhughes.artsites.ca/

Title: “Masked Consciousness”
Artist: Courtney Standing (ArtPod Artist)
Medium: Febric and Oil paint on Canvas
Size: 4 X 5 Feet

Price: $875

Website: http://www.courtneystanding.com

“Looking forward while remembering what was, we are together and vulnerable during this time of uncertainty. The fabric and mark making gestures symbolize an urgency to act, to wipe clean, and to move forward.” – Artist Statement.

 

Here we are: “Caught in a crisis. Drowning in confusion. An invisible creature in a rage!” Vicky Griffith’s piece “Mermaid’s Cruel Song” speaks to many in this time of social isolation. Graphite, 12 x 9 unframed, NFS.

 


Artist: Janet Dean

 


Artist Kathleen Schmalz tells us that she has been painting a lot. Kathleen tells us that “Just before we were all sent home to avoid Covid19, I spent a weekend with an old friend on Bowen Island and enjoyed the beautiful sunset that this painting is based on. It is my hope our current challenges will remind us to look to nature for our inspiration in times of challenge.”
“Evening From Bowen Island,” Acrylic on clay board, 14 x 16 framed, $225. Purchase inquiries: metchosinartpod@gmail.com See more of Kathleen’s art at www.kathleenschmalzartist.com

Every night
The horizon lights up
Swirls of blue and purpleFew bother to look anymore
At a blessing
That only comes once a dayJessica Tillpass

 

Artpod artist Janet Rayner Thorn’s piece is titled “Who Owns Our Time.” Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30, $500 unframed.

Judy Shreve’s digital piece, “Gimme Shelter.” reflects her surreal experience while shopping: “Feeling invisible today. Wearing masks keeps me from seeing smiles. So weird to be at the store with everyone in a mask – but yet so necessary. Such odd times we are living thru.” Created with an Ipad using Procreate. For more of Judy’s work, look for her website http://www.mountainhousestudios.com/ or find her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/judyshreve2323/

“Covid Cloud” is an acrylic by artist Janie Lucas. “COVID19 is a pandemic that has not been seen in the world for a century. We have this cloud around us daily hoping our loved ones are safe and healthy. The bright lining in the cloud is the hope we’ll soon find a cure!” 16 x 20, SOLD.

Skye M is 6 years old and attends school in French. Her Mom tells us that “due to Covid-19 and the subsequent closure of schools, her schoolwork is now done with mom at home. This is a drawing requested by her teacher showing one of her activities at home. Here she is social distancing from her friends (mes amis), playing with space between.” Great work Skye!

Janie Lucas’ “Ultimate Love” is a 24 x 24 acrylic. Janie notes: “With the world at almost a standstill amazing things are happening with nature. Since we are not as active the waters are teaming with renewed life & the land is becoming calmer. We are becoming aware of what it takes to help nature restore itself. Tenderness towards our earth!” $300.

 

Another Art Work by ArtPod artist Janet Rayner Thorn. “Fragility”, 24×24, Acrylic on canvas, $400 unframed.

 

 

Artist Linda M Anderson painted a couple of little Australian girls for a commission. She tells us “When I was deciding on the composition of the painting I decided on the ‘looking out through the window’ because of the new experience of no freedom for children.” Here is the first of the two paintings, entitled “A New Vision of Hope.” 9 x 12 acrylic NFS. For more of Linda’s work, check out her website at https://www.lindamandersongallery.com/

 

This is the second of artist Linda M Anderson’s portraits of children at home in isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, looking through a window at the world outside. “A New Vision of the Universe,” acrylic, 9 x 12, NFS. https://www.lindamandersongallery.com/

Wood Duck
Linda Kirstein
Driftwood, beach glass, satin finish
6 x 15
$75

Title: “Mom and Arbutus” Part 5 of a story by Mary Wulff.
The dermatologist visits with her on the computer and prescribes a face cream . She describes having gone out to the doctors but not having left her room. Memory fills in the gaps. Her skin is now burnished soft and golden like an arbutus which are known for adapting to prolonged droughts and needing very little in the way of tender loving care, but her legs feel heavy as though anchored somewhere in the earth six stories below.

Title: “When One Door Closes” Part four of a story by Mary Wulff.
Skin is fragile and brittle and her face is inflamed. It isn’t just her McRuer nose that she struggles with. She was terrified to complain about her skin, fearing that if she made a fuss that she would be shut away. Well it happened, but not because of why she thought it might. First they weren’t allowed to play bridge and then they could no longer leave their rooms. I’ve been locked away for a week she says feeling as though she is ugly and in a dark place.

Title: “Tea time with Kate and Victoria” Part 3 of a story by Mary Wulff.

Afternoon tea is an adventure with quantum physics wondering who will appear in the magic box which makes people appear and disappear at the flick of a button.There is something forbidden about being together but newtonian logic no longer applies. The floor comes up to greet the ceiling in a long embrace as Jackson pollock colours creep out of the picture and up Mom’s legs. They feel heavy she tells me. Thick, as though I can’t feel them anymore she says. Who are these people she wonders, looking at photos of her grandchildren, feeling as though not just her identity but theirs is also slipping away.

Title: “Roots” The first part of a story by Mary Wulff.

The forest has been escaping me. My trusted companion has been starting to wonder at what I am doing spending so long seated in one place while there was so many places to explore. He becomes overwhelmed like a shopper for perfumes . The scents and trails all blending into one and he can no longer differentiate the scent that was electrifying his search. After doing his best to clamber onto my lap, he settles at my feet. And I am overwhelmed as well. So many images have flooded my brain and I grapple onto their stories like a chain smoker consuming them and oblivious to their toxicity, just caught up by the pleasure of a dopamine rush.

I’ve spent days exploring roots. Not the roots that reach deep into the ground and anchor me, but the ones that skirt along the surface and form pathways that help me journey along the way.

Title: “Sky Mom” Part two of a story by Mary Wulff.

I explore knots of wood brightly burnished by the rain and see the beautiful legs of a table in the front hall. Minutiae of forest detail cause a cascade of memory.

Mom is locked into her room at the Russell where she juggles minutiae on a daily basis weaving it into colourful accounts of how she spent the final days of her 96th year.

For many, the returning sun has us itching to get outdoors, and we are balancing social distancing with our longings for the enjoyment of the season. For artist Nancy Letkeman, this “cheerful bird standing in the melting ice gives me hope that soon we will be free to fly into spring too!” “Spring Thaw,” 16” x 12”, acrylic on canvas, $275 unframed, $350 framed.
Pictured: “Shirley Corona” by Frank Mitchell, 12 x 12 oil on board, $150 unframed. Frank notes: “The motif for this picture was a photo of Shirley Temple who did so much to raise spirits during the Great Depression. Her cheeky innocence cheered millions who were devastated by a situation not fully understood and which seemed endless. As in the 30s, the current depression inflicts most suffering on the poor and disadvantaged. But today we know that the suffering need not be endless. This time, most people have a better grasp of ultimate causes (many of them human-caused), and of the policies needed to mitigate them. This knowledge does not alleviate the suffering of those least able to escape the effects of problem and cure. Today’s Shirleys know that sanity and future happiness require more than cheerfully ignorant innocence.”
Artist Lee Richardson has sent us this timely work, entitled “COVID Crusher.” Lee says: “For most British Columbians, nothing personifies leadership in the struggle to overcome COVID-19 than does Dr. Bonnie Henry. Her shoes have become a very recognizable part of her persona. For me, her shoes will be forever linked to stamping out COVID.” $175
Shadow Pandemic Part I #1
Gayle Koyanagi
for the other images in this piece,and more about the artist, see https://www.facebook.com/metchosinartpod/posts/685068705559839
Artist: Steve Lawton
Here we have “The New Normal” by artist Sheryl Parsons. Departing from her usual style, Sheryl explains: “On thinking about an image for the pandemic I was drawn to abstract which is not my normal style but seems a more natural way of expressing the new normal.” 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas, $200 framed. Purchase inquiries: metchosinartpod@gmail.com. To see more of Sheryl’s art, check out her website at http://www.sherylparsons.ca/
ArtPod artist David Westelmajer created this wonderful stained glass window project, entitled “A Walk in the Woods.” He notes: “This Stained glass cartoon like rendition of a forest pathway illustrates how the pandemic is redirecting peoples attention away from the hubbub of earning a living towards an contemplation of nature.” NFS. See more of David’s art at https://glazmanart.com/
“While doing armchair travel from my studio, taking online classes and sad about cancelled vacations, I am imagining the empty streets with bewildered wildlife gradually expanding their territory,” says ArtPod artist Elaine L Hughes. Oh Deer! Where did all the people go?, 15 x 11, Watercolour on paper, NFS. More of Elaine’s art can be seen at: https://elhughes.artsites.ca/

“Partially as a way to cope I cut COVID-related words from the Globe and then figure out what to do with them creatively,” explains ArtPod artist Diana Smith. Pictured here is one of the resulting works, entitled Covid III. NFS.

Another of ArtPod artist Diana Smith’s pieces based on COVID-related words from the Globe. “I didn’t know what ‘Flattening the Curve’ meant before the pandemic. Now I know!” Covid IV. NFS.
Christina Merkley does Visual Coaching, and during Covid 19 she has been doing this work with people online, “using my visual and coaching skills to help them process their thoughts and feeling and where timely into aligned actions.” Part of her process is to use a template to help map out the discussion; the map is created live during the session as people are speaking. Below is pictured a “Planetary Magnetism Map” that was recently created by one of her groups. For more on Christina’s work, check out her website at https://www.shift-it-coach.com/
Artist Edith Artner created this digital piece through a process of virtual interaction with her son. “My son S and I have been trying to find space in the non-spatial world since the beginning of the pandemic. I am reminded that it has been 130 days since we have seen each other in person. We are now reduced to interact in a virtual space. We meet often, we play music, sometimes we dance, sometimes we just listen and sit. It is not like climbing mountains together, walking the beach on a sunny day, or smelling a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate.
‘Digital Story’ starts out on a postcard-sized piece of paper with several hand drawings and in a 3-dimensional environment. As S is visually impaired, my goal is to create the illusion of a pop-up postcard. I load each drawing on my computer and connect the pieces. Only the waves get manipulated. My wish for my son is to stay safe. Part of the strawberry moon turns into a seat belt. The story takes place in a video interactive space. The drawings are very childlike. I go back into the physical world and sketch a couple of stars and digitize them into the piece.” 
This piece, Zoom Hearts, is by ArtPod artist Melanie Dawson-Whisker. 2′ x 2′, acrylic on canvas.
Unmasked
Gayle Koyanagi
Toilet paper, silk, leather, thread, cotton, paper
approx 12 x 5.

“The wind was out of our sails, allowing a glimpse of a new perspective.” Like many of us, artist Marcia Goodwin is thinking about the change that Covid has brought. Standing in Awe, 14 x 10, watercolour on paper.

Major Tom Moore (soon to be Sir Tom)
Part I of Heroes Again
Lee Richardson
To me, these men are heroes again. They continue to give of themselves to help others. The force of character demonstrated in their war effort is still evident in them today. Their commitment to others is an example to us all.

Captain John Hillman
Part II of Heroes Again
Lee Richardson
To me, these men are heroes again. They continue to give of themselves to help others. The force of character demonstrated in their war effort is still evident in them today. Their commitment to others is an example to us all.

Heidi Bergstrom sent us these portions of her handbound journal, noting that ” In this section of my journal I think of it as the Covid Chronicles. A point in time which hopefully at some point in the future I can return to and say “oh how things are different today!”. That is the hope anyways.” Medium: mixed media – watercolour, etchings, pen/ink; Vehicle: hand made artist journal – 8.5”x12” pages. For more of Heidi Bergstrom’s art, go to http://www.studiohcanada.ca/

Linda Kirstein has found herself drawn to the ocean during this difficult time. She notes: “Collecting the driftwood and imagining the faces has been a pleasant distraction from the difficulties living in a pandemic.” Pictured are three of her whimsical driftwood sculptures from her Old Men From the Sea series. L to R Old Man #1 $45, 28″ high; Old Man #2 $45, 25″ high;; Old Man #3 $40, 19″ high.