LCAA Artists “Breaking Out Of Quarantine”

(BEDFORD) – The Wiley Art Gallery will reopen with a new show titled “Breaking Out of Quarantine.”

The exhibit features work completed by local artists during the Covid-19 lockdown and opens to the public on Thursday, July 2, at 1:00 p.m.

The coronavirus quarantine was a double-edged sword for artists. On one hand, normal avenues for working at the gallery and exhibiting artwork were shut down.

However, sheltering at home brought opportunities to ponder, revisit suspended projects, try different mediums, and create new levels.

Plein air painting (outdoors) was still a safe activity, but sometimes the world felt like a science fiction movie.

Lawrence County Art Association president Sammie Justesen said, “While stuck at home I dug through old materials and began making fantasy art with ink and watercolor, something I haven’t done for years. Freeform work helped ease my anxiety about coronavirus, especially during the early days of quarantine. Art became a coping mechanism for me, plus a great way to pass the time at home.”

“Pondering” by Sammie Justesen

As Lawrence County reopens, artists have resumed meeting on Thursdays to work at the gallery from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Anyone with an interest in art is invited to drop in. Art classes will also resume this summer.

“Breaking Out of Quarantine” will continue through July. The gallery is located at 1402 J St, Bedford, and open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

For more information contact Sammie Justesen at