Ardith Starostka (b. 1962), "Repose," 2009, oil on linen mounted on panel, 11 x 14 in., available from 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago)

“Shelter” is an online only exhibition of paintings available via, through December 31, 2020.

Curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta, “Shelter” is the latest online group exhibition from Chicago’s 33 Contemporary Gallery. Its artworks explore objects, places, or memories that — in these troubling times — offer the artist (and hopefully viewers) a measure of tranquility, solace, and safe harbor from the storm.

Figurative Art -
A. Zanetti, “Quietude,” 2020, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in.
Contemporary realism -
Ardith Starostka, “Inner Solace,” 2005, oil, 18 x 22 in.
Contemporary realism -
Barbara Fox, “Words of Love Kept Her Safe,” 2020, oil on linen, 6 x 6 in.
Contemporary realism -
Holly Bedrosian, “Reticent,” 2009, colored pencil, 20 x 28 in.
Contemporary realism -
Maria Jimenez, “Synchronize,” 2019, oil, 5 x 5 in.
Figurative art -
Amanda Greive, “Dreaming to Drowning,” 2020, oil on wood panel, 14 x 22 in.
Figurative art -
Alessandro Tomassetti, “Pale Shelter,” 2020, oil on linen, 42 x 17.5 in.
Figurative Art -
Nicole Woodruff, “Comfort,” 2020, oil on panel, 16 x 20 in.

“All of us are living today in a shared experience that is unprecedented in living memory – a pandemic that arrived suddenly, almost without warning, a pandemic so pervasive that its influence touches everyone we know, everything we do, everywhere we go,” Dr. Peralta said. “Sometimes we feel like there is no escape, no respite. They tell us to distance ourselves from each other, from what makes us human, to shelter in place.

“And yet in those words there is the key to survival, far more than just physical survival. There is the one place that we can go, where we can remain ourselves, continue with the lives we’ve made. It is a place of safety that we conjure for ourselves – a quietude bounded by walls or disinfectant, or circumscribed by the arms of a child, or in the words of a prayer. For each one of us it is different, but for all of us it is the center of our quiet, our calm in the eye of the hurricane, our shelter.

We are looking in this call for your interpretation of that object or place or memory that in these times offers safe harbor from the storm, offers tranquility, comfort, solace. Shelter.”

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