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.
Tara Barr, "Woman House" - Sometimes home can be a refuge. In these times, home feels a bit confining.
Tara Barr is a lifelong art lover and a working mom in the DC area. She recently decided to make painting a high priority in her life after setting it aside for over a decade to focus on her family and her career in technology. Tara is inspired by great design, interesting details, and nostalgic memories. You can show your support following @tarabarr.art on Instagram.
Meehea Davis, "Social Distancing" - A comic about how our family is social distancing outside.
Katrina Kubik, "Quarantine Conversations" - Communication in the time of self-isolation - Long live the paper airplane (hands washed before folding, of course!)
Jacqueline Joyce, "Polar Bears Practice Social Distancing in the Age of Global Warming" - This year every polar bear gets his or her own ice floe, and a nice coronavirus mask to go with it.
MaryAnn Cunningham, "Us, Quarantined and Disrupted" - A brief observation of two people in a situation that may illuminate new approaches to co-existing.
Naga Sathya Bharadwaja Dandibhotla, "Patience" - I captured this picture when I was exploring black & white in my photography work. Working on this made me understand even though there are no colors in the picture, it conveys many more ideas, philosophies, feelings and emotions that one might miss in a color photograph. Some, if not most of the time, different colors might distract from the actual content.
I have used symmetry, weightage of elements in a frame as my compositional elements.
William Tinto, "Rosslyn from the Balcony" - Watercolor Sketch
Radhika Goel, "Be Zen" - Butterflies (angels) in the heavens protecting us and signalling us to stay calm and peaceful, that everything will be okay...while coronavirus is in mid-air, non-discriminating among human beings of all shapes & sizes, races, cultures, and ethnicities on earth.
Molly McCracken, "Hold On" - While we are all in our little bubbles, it is important to maintain the connections between friends, family and other human beings in general. It may feel tenuous at times, but hold on and we will get through this together - at a distance.
Michelle Frazier, "My Paper Obsessions" - Six individually made masks using paper in various forms. Rolled newspaper, magazine paper, tissue paper, paper strips. Some pieces have additional materials such as beads and fabric. Cardboard for backing with hemp string for hanging.
Winifred Scheffler, "Afternoon Street Scene" - My water color group is not meeting (physically) during the siege (that's what it feels like!), but I'm going through my photo albums for inspiration!
Melanie Kehoss, "Delivery Heroes" - This papercut hangs on my door to thank all those working for USPS, parcel services, and delivery services. The figure is inspired by the eagle logo for USPS, in the style of the Egyptian god Horace (an eagle-headed human).
Joshua Keyfauver, "Social Distancing" - It has become taboo for me to venture outside of my own yard in search of interesting subjects to photograph. The requirement to minimize exposure in public areas and maintain social distancing has forced me to look closer to home to find photogenic scenery. This has inspired me to venture into the world of macrophotography. Macrophotography is photographing very close objects and it calls for special lenses with very small minimal focusing distances.
This particular shot was taken on the brick wall that comprises the barrier around my yard and garden. This small jumping spider was more than cooperative in staying very still during this shoot. I used a Sony A7rII and Sony's 90mm Macro lens with a tripod to steady the shot.
Carol Regier, "Love in the Time of Coronavirus" - I am grieving the loss of my one and only and I want to share, especially with Everly Jazi, because her poem is titled the same as mine.
Krista O'Connell, "Quarantine Spring" - Blooming redbuds, a lonesome Nats VW, showy tulips, and peaceful aubrieta. But even though it's spring, the outdoors are as empty and quiet as winter's first snow.
Cynthia Killough, "Frida 1932" - This picture represents my feelings about making it through hard times. Persistence and self-expression were qualities Frida Kahlo demonstrated throughout her life. When I was looking through recent paintings I was thinking about Frida Kahlo and what art means to me during this difficult time for all of us.
"Lemonade" - A poem about how quarantined monotony can make us miss even the most mundane occurrences of the outside world, and inspire us to contribute to its betterment so that we may return to it.
Jack Love, "Ability To Love" - I came across this anatomy coloring book -- it's from the 70s, I think medical students use it -- while looking for something to prop up my laptop to record video lectures due to the quarantine. Now I'm using it to make one piece of analog/digital art per day. I color a page, then I look for interesting combinations of words from that same page, then I use my iPhone and its rudimentary photo editor to compose two images for an instagram post (@jackeddielove). Here are the images from a particular post, placed side by side as a diptych.
Claire Reinburg, "In Phlox" - A neighbor in Madison Manor placed this painted stone in a garden patch of phlox, cheering us as we pass on our walks. These small gestures take on so much meaning when our worlds have been reduced to home and surrounding area. Better days are coming.
Marty and Ann Stevens, "Miss Arlington 2020" - Alphabet poem on the things we miss about life in Arlington while quarantined
Chrissy Bloom, "Family of Air Plants in Knit Sweater Pots" - My husband and I are tucked away at home without kids or pets, so I decided to spoil our family of air plants with handmade knit ""sweater"" planters. Our time at home may just take us to the next level of crazy plant parents.
Materials: 100% cotton yarn
Sucharitha Iyer, "Vintage Crotchet Doily " - I crocheted these doilies using crochet cotton thread. I used vintage (circa 1950s and 60s) or other crochet patterns freely available in the public domain.
Maria Lauron, "No Party" - My neighbors’ decorations are ever-changing, but always thoughtful and full of heart. On a recent day, this inflatable piñata was sporting a face mask and googly eyes to remind you that COVID-19 is no party.
Rawlins Park, Andrew Musko, "A Lone Park Bench" - Washington DC. Taken March 18, 2020.
Alexandra Bowman, "Cat Video Lawyer" - I am a freelance illustrator from Washington D.C. and serve as a political cartoonist for environmental news platform Our Daily Planet, as well as an illustrator for Georgetown University Office of Communications. In order to help me keep artistic and mental discipline during quarantine, I started an online art challenge called #CatadayApril, in which participants were encouraged to draw one cat every day in April. I created a prompt list as well as official graphics for the challenge.
David Moss, "Mask Fail" - The image is a joke about a failed attempt at wearing a face mask.
Susan Miller, "Two Worlds"
Shabnam Bozzelli, "Wishing Neighbor Friend a Happy Birthday" - My toddler daughter wishing her neighborhood friend a happy 5th birthday during social distancing. Like other neighbors who wanted to help the birthday girl celebrate, we made a Happy Birthday sign and some drawings and taped them to our window for her to see.