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AAC displays ‘Isolation’ art

“Art in Isolation,” a juried exhibit featuring art created during or about the COVID-19 pandemic, is on display throughout February at the Ashtabula Arts Center.

Juror Lisa Ruschman, who has been an artist for more than 25 years and specializes in glass work and mosaics, selected more than 40 pieces for the show.

“It was an honor to be invited to be the juror for this wonderful show,” Ruschman said. “The artwork submitted was delightful and heartfelt, and it was difficult to choose the award winners … For an artist to have been inspired to create any artwork during this long period of isolation is in itself quite an accomplishment. While many have felt their creative mojo disappear during the shutdown, here you see the work of those that took advantage of the extra time, the quiet time, to summon their muse and create art.”

Best in show honors went to Nancy Baker for her piece “Solitary Celebration. Awards also were given in five categories:

• Painting — Judy Campbell, first place; Juniper Mainelis, second; Ralph Bacon, third; Susan Snipes, honorable mention.

• Graphics — Linda Janosko, first; Kaitlyn Kirchmeir, second; Angel Kaiser, third.

• 3D — Diane Montagino, first; Rebecca Stowell, second; David Gildersleeve, third.

• Fiber — Mattie Dramis, first; Rosemary Humphrey, second.

• Mixed media — Dennis Mastrangelo, first; Diana Montagino, second; Julie Cook, third.

The gallery, 2928 W. 13th St., is open noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and admission is free. For more information, call 440-964-3396.

It can be viewed online at ashtabulaartscenter.org.

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