Arts Alliance organizing virtual exhibit

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The Walker County Arts Alliance is hosting a virtual exhibit to connect artists with the public in the era of COVID-19.

There has been an enthusiastic response following the exhibit's announcement earlier in the week, according to WCAA administrator Kate Gurganus.

"We've had a great response from Walker County and other areas like Birmingham and Huntsville. Someone from New Jersey even sent in something. We're getting some really beautiful things," she said.

The exhibit, inspired by one hosted by Kentuck Art Center, was largely a response to Art in the Park being canceled in the spring because of the pandemic. Artists rely on such events for financial support and both Gurganus and WCAA President Tana Collins-Allred encouraged locals to seek out opportunities to support artists after Art in the Park was taken off the schedule of events.

The virtual exhibit is also a chance for artists to show off some of the exciting things they have been working on during the pandemic.

"We're finding ways to encourage artists and help them sell their artwork. This also lets it get out to the public so the community can see all of the good, creative things that are going on," Gurganus said.

Submissions will be accepted through Saturday, Aug. 15. All artists can submit one piece of artwork. 

Artists who are also WCAA members can submit three pieces of art. For $75 per year, artists get a listing on the website with a link to their website or social media page.

There is no fee to enter. Unlike Art in the Park, it is not a juried show, so there will be no judging or prizes.

"Even if someone can't buy a piece of art, they will be able to 'like' it on the page and give some encouragement to the artist," Gurganus said.  

The exhibit will be limited to the first 200 responses.

Submissions will be unveiled on WCAA's new website, www.wcart.org, on Sept. 1. The virtual show will run through Dec. 1.

A description of the piece and the artist as well as contact information will be posted online with each submission. 

All inquiries about purchasing the piece will be directed to the artist. WCAA will not receive a commission.

To submit a piece, visit www.wcart.org/artistseye. Information about family, individual, student or artist memberships to WCAA are also available on the website.

For further questions, contact kate.gurganus@wcart.org.