YoloArts and Gallery 625 presented an art gallery titled “Stuck Together and Torn: Process and Burning in the Pandemic” on Friday to coincide with Woodland’s First Friday festivities.
“This exhibition showcases an exciting range of artwork and themes from artists who are exploring new processes during the pandemic, which for many has resulted in more time in their studios,” said Janice Purnell, creative director of YoloArrts. “Many of these artists have rediscovered work in their studios or have actually created pandemic response pieces that hold special meaning to them.”
Gallery 625 is located at 625 Court Street in the Erwin Meier Yolo County Administration Building and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The art exhibit attempted to illustrate how people felt compressed indoors for long periods of time during lockdowns and, at the same time, the sense of separation enforced by social distancing and separation from the family and friends.
Dozens of three-dimensional artist’s prints and books working in etching, serigraphy, lithography, monotype, woodcut, collagraphy, risography, collage and chine-collé have been included in the gallery. Many featured artists are members of the California Society of Printmakers, which is a nonprofit arts organization that promotes the practice and appreciation of the fina are contemporary printmaking.
Susan Silvester, one of the artists featured in the exhibition, said she presented work she had created using a chine-collé process, pasting on thinner, more translucent paper on thicker paper.
“I was able to express the isolation and separation from my friends and family that I experienced,” noted Silvester’s artist statement. “Also, giving new meaning to older work that has been stored in my flat file is very satisfying.”
Purnell stressed the importance of events like this during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has been difficult for artists to show and sell their work in the absence of in-person events.
“A lot of galleries have closed, especially in the Sacramento area, which is really sad,” she said. “I’m just happy that we can provide this opportunity for artists to show their work.”
She noted that although the pandemic has created a lot of distress and anxiety among the artistic community, it has actually inspired the creativity of some artists.
“I hear about different artists that sort of go into a cycle,” Purnell explained. “Sometimes they’re a little depressed and they’re not doing anything, but then they have a creative spurt, and they’re like, ‘wow, it’s great to have all this time to create.'”
The art exhibit coincided with the city’s First Friday festivities, which this month feature live music by several local musicians outside popular Main Street restaurants. The monthly event was created to encourage the community to come downtown to shop and eat locally while enjoying art and live music.