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When work for Ink Lounge (Denver) owner, artist and screen printer Stuart Alden dried up due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, he reached out to artists in a similar situation to participate in an online art exhibit, each creating a work inspired by their time at home. The result is Home.Hope!, an online exhibit running through May 29, 2020. The show features 25 artists, with images screen printed by Ink Lounge and print sales directly supporting the artists and Access Gallery, a Denver nonprofit.
Alden says his goals for this online art exhibit are to provide support to artists, himself included, during this unique time and give a voice to our collective experience. “I wanted to empower artists to creatively express themselves in this unprecedented time in not only our lives, but history. From an artist’s perspective, being forced to shelter in place and feel so many emotions creates this very unique opportunity. I also wanted everyone to see these works and think ‘Yes! That’s exactly how I feel right now’ and find comfort in knowing others feel the same.”
The images reflect each artist’s unique style and range from whimsical to abstract. Among the artists featured in Home.Hope! are Arthouse Design's Marty Gregg and Zach Kotel, SEGD's Denver Chapter Chair.
Artists are contributing a percentage of sales to Access Gallery, an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts.