Sea History 172 - Autumn 2020

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Art to the Rescue When You Can’t Get Out On The Water, Let the Artists Bring it to You by Nicolas Fox American Society of Marine Artists

“This is no time to be making art!” you might think. But you’d be wrong. While people across the world have been kept at home, away from work, school, and even from friends and family, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Almost daily we learn of friends, colleagues, and heroic veterans who have become victims of the disease and of livelihoods lost or in jeopardy. At the same time, this has been a fascinating time for artists, in that the making of art requires focus, contemplation, and perseverance. In normal times we often work in our studios alone, irritated at disruption and distraction. The forced shutdown has given us solitude and a remarkable absence of disruptions in our studio time. 34

images courtesy asma and the individual artists

Nyala, 12 Metre Class, Long Island 1939 by Laura Cooper, 16 X 22 inches, oil

Crew Practice by Sheri Farabaugh, 9 x 12 inches, oil


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