Quaranzine is a weekly collection of creative works from the Arlington community that documents how we responded to this strange time we find ourselves in. Submit your own work.
Alex Zealand, "Rats for Social Distancing" - Street diorama with rubber rats holding signs. Photographed in Old Town Alexandria.
Aline Brito, "AFACting in Times of Quarantine" - A group of us from HR went down to AFAC to give them a gloved hand during the CORONA time as they were hurting in number of volunteers.
Brit Austin, "The Doctor" - I like to research and find out more when I'm anxious and feel I don't have control. Questions like, have we gone through something like this in the past? The answer is always yes, in a way. Plague Doctors look scary, but I encourage you to look closer; they were doctors. They were there on the front lines to diagnose and help. The beak of the mask was filled with flowers and herbs often thought to chase away the bad smells of disease. The stick or cane was used for social distancing and for examining. The round hat was the symbol of a doctor at this time. Of course, this was before germ theory. I wanted to draw and play with ink to get my mind off of our current situation, but still remember that we have survived.
Brittany Ham, "A Timeline of my Self-Quarantine Sweets" - A visual timeline of all the sweets I've made completely from scratch in the past two weeks!
Clea Counts, "Herman the Guinea Pig Monster"
Diane Kresh, "What a Difference 14 Years Makes" - When I was a teenager, I painted this scene on the cinder block wall of my parents’ basement. For 50+ years, The Caterpillar smoked his hookah and watched the world go by. His hookah smoking days may be coming to an end. The house was sold last week and the new owners might not be hip enough to handle it. The picture was taken on March 24, 2020.
Hannah Axt, "How to Make a Hand Sanitizer Mini Piñata " - Click on image for link to pdf instruction.
Janelle Ortiz, "Pothos Sketch" - I've decided to start making daily sketches of things in & around my home. This was my first sketch (3/29/2020) and I hope to continue this practice until this pandemic passes.
Katelyn Attanasio, "Reparo"
Liz Laribee, "Apologies I've Made to My Partner This Month vol. 1" - Remorse gets really specific in quarantine.
Maria Lauron, "Ivy Face" (editor's note: #mood)
Megan Biggins, "OK" - I made this for a friend who is having a lot happen in her life, in addition to what we're all living with. She's not the type to sit quietly and wait for something to be resolved. She's a fixer and a doer and I know how our current world and the necessity of just waiting is wearing on her. Going through this is requiring a quiet kind of courage and I wanted her to know that I see that in her.
Patricia Loverich, "Happy Birthday James" -A neighborhood birthday party in the time of coronavirus.
Peg Owen, "Haiku-In the Voice of Cheety" - My submission is inspired by a book in our library catalog called What I Lick Before Your Face: And Other Haikus by Dogs by Jamie Coleman. I decided to write a haiku in the voice of my dog, with the content of the poem being inspired by the lazy dog picture
Pete Petruski, "My Friend the 3 O'clock Shadow" - A poem about a very first world problem and minor disappointment of the social isolation era.
Ruth Compton, "And Just for a Moment: Wholeness" - Creating mandalas pulls me out of my analytical mind for a moment and gives me a sense of wholeness.