Good things do come in small packages, and a polite little postcard, a token of positive communication, is the inspiration behind the second project for Artrinity — the art venture I share with my business partners Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss. The exhibition, Postcards of Positivity, During the Pandemic, evolved from our conversations during the initial days of the Coronavirus lockdown, we all agreed, “We need to do something!”

Maja, 2020, ink on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Francisco Moreno

Maja, 2020, ink on paper, Francisco Moreno

Post Suspension II, 2020, watercolor and collage on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Juan Alberto Negroni

Post Suspension II, 2020, watercolor and collage on paper, Juan Alberto Negroni

Mother Tongue II, 2020, graphite on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Corrie Thompson

Mother Tongue II, 2020, graphite on paper, Corrie Thompson

Before, 2020, charcoal on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Adam Ball

Before, 2020, charcoal on paper, Adam Ball

For me, philanthropic philosophies thrive during moments of critical circumstances, with the innate desire to serve and to initiate a cause for action. Selfishly perhaps, yet always propelling, the need to give, to think beyond oneself, rather than dwell on the impossible — it helps to focus on others by using one’s capabilities.

As we all grappled with the concept of COVID-19, a sense of shock seeped through my soul and the quote from Maya Angelou, resonated through my mind, “I have found among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” And artists have given, supporting their community!

Private Parts, 2020, oil on panel, 4 x 6 inches, B. Chehayeb

Private Parts, 2020, oil on panel, B. Chehayeb

Untitled I, 2020, mixed media on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Carly Allen-Martin

Untitled I, 2020, mixed media on paper, Carly Allen-Martin

Colorado Sky Meditation, 2020, ink on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Christie Helm

Colorado Sky Meditation, 2020, ink on paper, Christie Helm

Our weekly chats seemed like an oasis of colorful conversation in a desert of social interaction, we conspired, cajoled, and created; we carved out the concept for an Artrinity exhibition to inspire us, artists and hopefully art patrons too. A postcard is such a personal form of expression, sent to a loved one, a note of an intimate conversation, signified by a visual that depicts that symbolic moment in time. And COVID-19 is undoubtedly a significant awakening, but a time to recognize how communities can come together.

Amadeus, 2020, ink on Strathmore watercolor, 6 x 4 inches, Keer Tanchak

Amadeus, 2020, ink on Strathmore watercolor, Keer Tanchak

Head Study I, 2020, oil on linen, 6 x 4 inches, Jake Wood-Evans

Head Study I, 2020, oil on linen, Jake Wood-Evans

We hope that Postcards of Positivity, During the Pandemic, will create a sense of inspiration for artists, along with our sense of wellbeing. Let artists shine, to remind each one they are essential that creativity is just as important as ever – instilling hope, imagination and inspiration, all indicative of a mindful mentality. The miracle of this project is witnessing how artists are supporting fellow artists, as a community, the camaraderie is infectious. With over 40-artists participating and over 65 works of art sold so far, Joyce, Kenny and I are incredibly proud of this effort. Thankful to artists and their supporting galleries for their generous donations.

Untitled, 2020, inkjet on canvas over plywood panel, 4 x 6 inches, Zeke Williams

Untitled, 2020, inkjet on canvas over plywood panel, Zeke Williams

Untitled V, 2020, ink on paper, 4 x 6 inches, JM Rizzi

Untitled V, 2020, ink on paper, JM Rizzi

Aluminium RWB 13, 2019, archival pigment print, 4 x 6 inches, Marilyn Waligore

Aluminium RWB 13, 2019, archival pigment print, Marilyn Waligore

In partnership with The Goss-Michael Foundation, each postcard is $250 and 100% benefits Artist Relief. A coalition of national arts grant-makers that launched in April, Artist Relief distributes $5k grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. A worthy cause, befitting our passion for assisting a community we love and respect. 

Untitled, 2020, ink, oil and wax on collaged topographic map, 6 x 4 inches, Joshua Hagler and Shannon Rankin

Untitled, 2020, ink, oil and wax on collage topographic map, Joshua Hagler and Shannon Rankin

As we approach the closing date for our Artrinity exhibition, September 13, we are close to reaching our goal of $25k, allowing five artists to benefit from the Artist Relief fund. The exhibition is not merely about raising substantial donations for artists, in turn, it’s about showcasing artists, and basking in their creativity, reminding everyone that art is very much essential to our wellbeing, our sanity, and inspiration. 

Thank you to all the artists that donated to the exhibition. To view, all participating artists visit Artrinity: here.