On June 20, the roadsides of East Hampton will come alive with Art Apart, an uncurated, roadside exhibition featuring the creative talent of a diverse swath of the town’s residents. Anyone is welcome to participate. Art Apart is designed for these socially distant times: By registering online and getting on the tour map, artists will share what they’ve created in these months of isolation on their own roadside property and viewers will visit from the safety of their cars.
This period of solitude and anxiety has created new conditions for artists — it is not business as usual, even for those who are used to long days in the studio. For many others suddenly at home, folks are turning to long-abandoned creative pursuits or amping up hobbies, parents are inventing new ways to engage kids, and many are turning to art to occupy themselves and soothe frazzled nerves.
As a result of this monumental shift in the day’s structure and purpose, “Home” is the new fertile ground for a literal explosion of art. And what better place to display the fruits of our isolation than in front of artist’s houses? Participating artists so far include Perry Burns, Scott Bluedorn, Michele D’ermo, Idoline Duke, Janet Jennings, Alejandro Martin Lorenzo, Carlotta Manaigo, Jane Martin, Peter Spacek and Barbara Thomas.
Stop by and see the outcome on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (raindate is June 21). Register as an exhibitor or check out the tour map at artapart2020.wixsite.com/2020. Follow along on Instagram, @artapartEH, and Facebook. The event is sponsored by the East Hampton Arts Council.