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May 2020 Newsletter

Most importantly, how are you? During this time of physical distancing, connecting with one another electronically is especially valuable. I hope this newsletter finds you doing as well as possible.

This week brought some encouraging news -- a positive COVID-19 vaccine test. On a personal note, I am happy to share with you that one of my paintings was jury selected into a remarkable show (more on that below). Even online, art is giving people joy everyday.

There are many reasons for hope, caring, and connectedness, as we navigate these challenging times together. 

Seeing the Light

Art Shows

This month brought the wonderful news that my painting, Aspiring, was selected for the prestigious Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Show: Time & Memory. The exhibition was juried by Christopher Miles, who is a Professor in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach. The show lasts until June 20, and is exclusively online

Featuring many of the best artists in the tri-county areas of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, the exhibition is cutting-edge and provocative, and I think you will find it very exciting. One positive aspect of having the show online is that there is a full page devoted to every artist, including an Artist Statement and Artist Bio. Mine can be read here. I would be happy to hear what you think about the Time and Memory Show and Aspiring!

Also, as I highlighted in my last newsletter, the Abstract Art Collective's beautiful show, Open to Abstraction, is online until May 31. My two selected paintings in this outstanding exhibition are: Seeing the Light (above) and Collection.


Anticipation and Hope

When I was painting Anticipation (shown above), I was feeling deeply restless, but also thankful. Like most people I know, I really miss interacting with others at art shows, in my university classes, at the gym, and in other places. At the same time, I am so thankful for all of the scientists and medical professionals who are working day and night to help us contain the pandemic, as well as my family, friends, including you.  

Are you monitoring developments closely? Some days I do, and some days I don't. My painting Watching reflects a day of observing bad and good news, with hope. 

My quote of the month is from someone who experienced extraordinary challenges with wisdom: Martin Luther King, Jr. He said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

Especially now, thank you for reading my newsletter and for supporting original contemporary art. I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards and healthy wishes,

Andrew Roy
Member, Santa Barbara Art Association
Member, Abstract Art Collective 

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