Virtual Art on the Bricks Showcases Art and Area Non-Profits

Published Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The July Art on the Bricks Virtual Art Walk looks BEYOND the COVID-19 pandemic, BEYOND the protests and BEYOND the pessimism. The theme, “BEYOND” features works of art inspired by a hopeful community and gives artists the opportunity to exhibit their art while raising awareness of the mission of one of their favorite NWA non-profit organizations. The ongoing need for social distancing due to COVID-19 again leads the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Rogers Art on the Bricks (AOTB) to showcase artists virtually, rather than physically in brick and mortar businesses in Downtown Rogers. “Beyond,” a virtual art walk, July 5 – 18, 2020. The complete collection of art submitted by the artists will be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/JulyArtOnTheBricks/posts/

Artist Carol Hart collaborated with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce in creating the July AOTB virtual art walk. Hart is well known for her mixed media and acrylic paintings as well as her longstanding commitment to a non-profit organization in NWA. Armed with a degree in fine arts and an emphasis in painting, Hart emerged from college ready to be an artist. Her goals quickly changed when she had the opportunity to work with adults with developmental disabilities. “I learned that they had the same hopes and dreams as I did,” reflected the Fayetteville based artist.  “However, they did not have the same opportunities.” As part of the July art walk, Hart is tagging Life Styles, (https://www.facebook.com/lifestylesinc/) a non-profit organization that she founded in 1976. The organization provides an alternative to group homes and institutions that segregate individuals with disabilities from the community. “Over the years I was supported by a wonderful board and staff. We created an environment at Life Styles that provided the training and support for adults with disabilities to live, work and contribute to the community in which they lived.”

Early on, Hart’s love of art was incorporated into the programming at Life Styles, but it was significantly expanded in 2009 with the gift of a new facility where they expanded their offerings to their clients to include exploring and creating visual arts. “We are using the Art on the Bricks Art Walk to showcase many of the non-profit organizations in our community while also sharing the universal language of art,” explained Hart. “Art can give voice to those who have been silent, and promote the understanding that when all people are included all of our lives are enriched.”

VIDEO PREVIEW: Beginning July 5, a preview of the work submitted by approximately 50 artists will be available in several short videos on the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/RogersLowellChamber/playlists (Select the Art on the Bricks Playlist.) Patrons may view the virtual art exhibit on Facebook AND YouTube and connect directly with the artists to purchase or commission work.

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