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An Exhibition of Art Created by Local Students in Response to the Pandemic
Dates: June 5-July 4, 2021
Location: Mountain Cinema, Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter
This show will be open to the public Friday-Sunday, during the movie theater open hours:
On Saturday, June 5, the Catskill Mountain Foundation and the Windham Arts Alliance will open an exhibition featuring art created by local students in response to the COVID pandemic. Called “COVID Can’t Defeat Our Kids,” the exhibition features work by students from Hunter-Tannersville Middle & High School, Gilboa-Conesville Central School, and the Platte Clove Community. The show runs through July 4.
Earlier this year, a few people in the community had the idea to gather different leaders from the Mountaintop to host a Zoom memorial to honor those in our community lost to COVID. People from several organizations quickly stepped up to organize the event. Sarah Finn from the Catskill Mountain Foundation, Paul & Sheila Trautman of the Windham Arts Alliance, Jonathan Gross from Mountaintop Progressives, Carol Slutzky-Tenerowicz from the Mountaintop Interfaith Committee, and Carolyn Riggs of the Hunter Foundation all helped to plan the event. “The purpose really was to get people together so that we could grieve,” said Sarah. “Back in January, when it was cold out and everybody was staying in, it just felt like the right time to bring our interfaith leaders together to speak to our community.” Leaders from Interfaith and community organizations, as well as local musicians, were eager to participate, to bring everyone together as a united front of comfort and hope to residents of the Mountaintop.
Teachers from three local schools were also eager to get their students to participate: Ritamary Vining from Hunter-Tannersville Middle and High Schools, Jana Tyree from Gilboa-Conesville Central School, and Ebbo Moody from the Platte Clove Community in Elka Park each gave their students gave a simple directive: draw how you feel about COVID. The results are a remarkable testimony to the ability of kids to be resilient, expressive, and insightful. And the kids were certainly eager to express themselves: over 60 local students participated. Some of the drawings are hopeful, colorful, and fun; some of them express frustration; some express sadness. They’re all remarkable and moving. This exhibition will bring all of the drawings together in one space for the first time—it is sure to be a powerful experience.
The exhibition will be open during movie theater hours, Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 9:30 pm.