Aurora Art Show returns to an in-person event

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“I thought that was what I had to do,” she said.

Made from stainless steel and acrylic, as well as recycled products, each kaleidoscope is aptly named for its uniqueness. Highlighting a piece that took him eight hours to create, Joelson acknowledged that meeting this artistic challenge was not easy.

“I went to take a few classes and I’m doing a lot of experimenting on my own,” she explained.

Joelson’s daughter, Jodi, is among the other performers. Like her mother, she enjoys face-to-face contact.

“I mostly engage on Instagram and online and it’s nice to see people in person and describe your article a bit and see their reaction in person,” she said.

Some of Jodi’s pieces are inspired in part by a magazine she may have seen, while others by an image from a dream. She admits to waking up often and grabbing her ipad to start working on her next piece.

“The number of unfinished projects I compared to completed ones is like three times,” she said.

Mary McLeod’s work includes paints and alcohol ink. A specific piece named “Ruby” almost seems to leap out at the viewer.

“You never know with alcohol ink what it’s going to do. It takes on a life of its own,” she said.

McLeod recalled how, before COVID, the event was organized and organized on the ground floor of the Mann Art Gallery, which also offered free parking for visitors and artists. Between presentations of their pieces this week, each of the artists was obliged to ensure that their meter was not depleted.

“So you now, we’re all adjusting with COVID,” McLeod said.

The show ends Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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