Walk the talk

Painter Dolores Mitchell connects displaced arts community with email newsletter

Dolores Mitchell’s “mess” of paints.

“Creativity is a survival strategy.”

That line is part of a quote by art critic Jerry Saltz that opens the most recent Art Talk newsletter put out by longtime local arts activist, teacher and painter Dolores Mitchell. The quote is an introduction to her April theme, “Art in a Time of Quarantine,” in which Mitchell and a handful of artists talk about how they are approaching art-making while sheltering-in-place during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mitchell has been putting out her newsletter for years, keeping the local arts community informed about her own art, as well as the activities of others in the scene. Naturally, the focus has shifted recently to the reality of a quarantined life and how artists are adapting, as well as highlighting digital resources available for people to experience and make art (this April featured a bonus newsletter with instructions on how to make an illustrated journal). For May’s edition, Mitchell is calling for submissions on the subject of “how your art has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.” Artists may submit an email to dmitchell@csuchico.edu with 50-100 words, plus two or three photos of art “produced since your awareness of the crisis.”

To subscribe to the Art Talk newsletter, visit Mitchell’s site and click the “contact” link.

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