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.
Diane Kresh, "Things I miss #4792" - Modified photo
Alexandra Bowman, "Bolton"
Amy Sherman, "I Hope We Learn" - A poem written during a sleepless night
Brit Austin, "Wash Your Thing" - While trying to come up with a different way to say "Wash Your Hands", the Addams Family came to mind. Snap snap.
Christopher Sweetapple, "At the Drive-In" - One of the things my wife and I miss from pre-Covid times is going to the movies. Last weekend we went to the drive-in theater to see Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and my wife coordinated her mask and t-shirt to the movie.
David Dastnly, "Looking For Leadership " - Before, during and after 3,201,878 Coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 134,976 deaths, Americans looked to their government for a national coordinated response to threats to our nation.
Liz Laribee, "I Miss What Summer Used to Feel Like" - Sharpie and watercolor on a paper napkin, unfolded.
Edgar Evans, "Winter" - A meditation on the meaning we impart to nature.
Jennifer Beinhacker, "I Cry for the Lost Souls in this Time of the Covid-19 World Wide Pandemic" - A cry, as of the pained heart. The long, despairing moan of solitude. Darkness. Cold. Death and sickness everywhere...tears...pain. Where am I? Is this my world? My life to be? Why am I cold? Am I crying? Yes! (mixed media on wood: acrylic and metallic paint, collaged paper, sharpie pen, colored pencil, stamps 18" X 18" jenniferbeinhacker.com art outside the edge)
Maria Frescas, "The View Inside" - This time of isolation has forced many of us to confront our feelings, and our conditions during this strange time. While many of the emotions and situations are negative, there are positive elements interspersed. I have tried to examine this in this mosaic. The negatives are in black and white, but the others are brighter and more complex in their depiction. The opalescent glass represents the complex and beautiful matter of our brains.
Mark Charette, "Bees Wings How Fast?" - Shutter speed 1/500th-of-a-second would be fast enough to stop motion of a bee's wings, right? Apparently not.
Molly McCracken, "Flush" - A couple weeks after we began staying at home, I realized that I was recycling something that would make an interesting art piece - the cast off part of a scarce resource during the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, I have been collaging with scraps from my desk on every toilet paper roll we have used. The title reflects the idea of having enough in this time when many do not and has me thinking about what I can do to be a better member of our community. I also miss going to museums and galleries to see art in person, so I installed the rolls with fishing line and painter's tape from the ceiling above my workspace in my studio. It is almost like a personal mini exhibition every time I sit down to work.
Nico Felsenheld, "Are You Ready to Do the Workout?" - I like to take inspiration from both the Jane Fonda that hung out with the Black Panthers, and the Jane Fonda that wore tiny leotards and told you to feel the burn. I think an updated Jane Fonda workout would include aerobics, core, anti-racist readings, and cardio in the form of marching on the streets. Thinking of activism as a workout, something you do continuously rather than it being a one-and-done thing, would definitely be Fonda-approved.
Sarah Roberts, "Possibilities" - During the pandemic, I've been inspired to paint - something I haven't done in years.
Sheela Ahluwalia, "Goodbye Battle" - These pictures are from a socially-distanced water balloon fight with friends who are moving out of state.
Winifred Scheffler, "My Shrinking World" - My Monday a.m. class now meets only on Zoom, where we get together and show our work. But, more importantly, we see familiar faces.