Silver Linings: San Antonio’s arts community weighs in on the positive side effects of quarantine

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click to enlarge Sarah Fox, What a Fucking Mess - COURTESY OF SARAH FOX
Courtesy of Sarah Fox
Sarah Fox, What a Fucking Mess
Sarah Fox, artist
I think the main positive I had artistically was feeling a lot of support from my community. The year was very difficult financially, on top of everything else. But I had so many people reach out and ask to buy a collage, commission some prints, take a workshop, offer me a gig, buy a patch. It helped me keep my head above water. 2020 has been an awful year for the arts, but the art community in SA is still here, doing the best we all can to help each other out whenever we have the means to. I’ve been impressed with artists who are using their creativity and skills to make small things people can buy for their homes, share with their families, and help support themselves and the people they care about. Kallie Cheves self-published a children’s book about keeping safe during COVID. Tim Olsen is making beautiful hand-drawn ornaments for folks. Lata Gedala is making delicate paper cards and ornaments with her son. Jose Sotelo has a great shop with prints, mugs and shirts. Callie Luhrman has made joyful plates and bowls. Working artists and their resilience have impressed me. Personally, the pandemic has made me slow way down. I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery. It’s calms me down, keeps my hands busy [and] is easy enough to work on in a small space with a toddler. I’ve been reading a lot about the history of embroidery. I don’t think I would have ever allowed myself to explore the medium in such depth during more normal times. I’ve learned how better to be alone with myself and enjoy my own company. But, I will enthusiastically welcome the creative, joyful chaos of being around other creatives in the New Year.

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