4/20/2020 8:01:00 AM Visit The Museum Without Leaving Home
Gaston County Museum Of Art And History
As the world adjusts to new ways of working, families in quarantine have turned to artists and arts institutions for entertainment, for inspiration, and for deeper meaning in their daily lives. As social media overflows with videos of children playing instruments, and performers sharing their craft from their private homes, I have never been more certain of humanity’s desire for the healing power of the arts.
At the Gaston County Museum we have an incredible team of dedicated staff who are working each day to re-imagine ways in which the arts can reach our communities. Through their innovative ideas, flexibility, and talent, we continue to stay connected to each other and to the greater community while responding to the ever-changing expectations of what a museum should be.
I hope that you continue to explore the wonderful ways in which we are bringing the Gaston County Museum to your home.
Ali Pizza, Assistant Director Gaston County Museum of Art & History 131 W. Main Street, Dallas, NC
The Gaston County Museum presents Virtual Exhibits Last year I began working with local Gastonia artist Roy Lindsay Woods on his show Insider/Outsider Journey of the Artist. Roy was a joy to work with, and his talent made my job almost too easy. I always enjoy seeing faces in art—I am drawn to the variety of emotion that faces bring to artwork. I found this emotion through Roy’s artwork not only in the faces he sculpted and painted, but also through his more abstract pieces. As the museum reimagines how we can best bring these types of exhibitions to the public, we move into the world of virtual exhibitions. Our venture into this online world will expand our opportunities to make our exhibits more accessible, and I look forward to continuing this adventure well past the current COVID-19 crisis. You can view select works from Roy Woods’ Insider/Outsider Journey of the Artist virtual exhibit on our website through August 29.
The Gaston County Museum presents MUSEUM FROM HOME
When life presents some major disruption, I have always found that there is some silver lining, though we may have to look hard for it. In the situation we find ourselves in now, I have found two examples that fill my heart with joy. First is the outpouring of creativity and expression that is bolstering spirits around the world. As an artist myself, I often struggle to find the time to make art for myself, art that I personally want to create. Now? I have nothing if not time, and I find I have never been more inspired. Second, I am amazed by the way individuals and organizations have been reaching out to one another, collaborating to make things happen. Here’s an example of a collaboration of our own. Together with Christine McGovern of the Gaston County Library, Dallas Branch, we've created our own spin on story time. Each week, while Miss Chrissie reads, I'll be illustrating a scene from the story. There will be coloring pages on our website for families to make their own illustrations for the story as well. It’s a little something to hopefully brighten your day, entertain your children, and bring you some joy.
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