- Mark Kurtz
Responding II” Exhibit.
The Adirondack Artists Guild, of which I am a member, is currently showing the special exhibit “
In November 2001 the Artists Guild hosted an exhibit titled “Responding” and gave the community the opportunity to respond with visual and literary art to the events of Sept 11, which was less than two months earlier. 19 years later, 2020 has brought to the surface, issues that have been extremely challenging, from the coronavirus, to racial unrest, to climate change, to a cultural and political divide of extreme proportions and a presidential campaign with one candidate like the country has never seen.
We at the Guild decided to host an exhibit, similar in concept to the “Responding” exhibit of 2001, allowing the community to respond with art to the extreme circumstances we are dealing with in this very challenging year 2020. The Guild partnered with the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) which handled the literary submissions. It was not juried; all work was accepted. The visual work can be found online at the AAG’s web site (https://www.adirondackartistsguild.com/collections/146374) and the literary work can be found on the ACW web site (https://adirondackcenterforwriting.org/responding-ii-2020/)
I chose to participate, using the photographs I made at the June 2nd protest held in Saranac Lake and
There has been some news coverage - Lake Champlain Weekly (https://en.calameo.com/read/000257732538c3c7f13aa cover and flip through to page 14/15) Plattsburgh Press Republican (https://www.pressrepublican.com/news/call-response-exhibit-to-reflect-on-2020/article_2d1494ac-9e02-588c-982b-e8e9ec980538.html) and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/weekender-a-e/2020/09/artists-guild-exhibit-reflects-on-2020/)
Although most of the exhibit is online, the Guild is showing the work of those members that participated at the Artists Guild gallery. This exhibit is on display at the Guild (52 Main Street in Saranac Lake https://www.adirondackartistsguild.com) through September 27. If hours are not convenient or there is a concern for COVID (all NYS guidelines are in place at the Guild gallery), a private viewing of the work can be arranged.