With what is happening around the globe with the coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) wants to bring spirit-lifting art into the lives of the folks who are quarantined at home. It has created the Viral Art Gallery on its Facebook page to feature its celebrated artists, and to allow visitors to see various “virtual tours” of museums, gardens, operas and concerts.
“We have seen a lot of different types of submissions for our Viral Art Exhibit, including sculpture, paintings, coloring book pages and jewelry,” said Rebecca Booth, webmaster and Facebook group creator for the GPCAAC’s Viral Art Exhibit.
“The Viral Art Exhibit was the brainchild of Carol Morgan, president of the artists group, and Roberta Redfern, its vice-president. It is a way for our arts council to encourage artists to make art through the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“To view the Viral Art Gallery, go the Facebook and search for “GPCAAC Viral Art Show.” Scroll down to the bottom of the page, then scroll up to see the art that has been submitted,” said Booth. Each artists’ work will be identified, along with their website or Facebook address, if provided.
Morgan pointed out that GPCAAC artists are known for their tremendous talent, and the group has become a mainstay of the local cultural scene. In 2019 it received the Community Service Award from the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Best Business Award in 2014 and 2016.
Its 2019 events ranged from Mello Cellos at The Listening Room, the Barn Quilt Trail project with the Ottawa County 4-H Club and its annual Lakeview Arts & Crafts Show, the largest art show in the region. Its Appetite for the Arts at Skipper Buds in Marblehead was tagged “Boats, Brushes and Beer,” and was a huge success.
In conjunction with Magruder Hospital the GPCAA hosts the Healing Wall Gallery. It was instrumental in an environmentally functional fish sculpture on North Madison Street in Port Clinton built to contain discarded plastic containers. Two more containers are planned for 2020.