In 2019 a residency program for artists was begun with generous funding from the Cook Foundation. The program brings into our community interesting ideas from afar, with the artists working in any creative format. The program’s director identified artists to be invited to apply for a residency of several weeks.
After fourteen successful months of hosting artists from Europe and across the USA, and in response to the global pandemic, we have temporarily transformed the AIR program. “We are working now with our 2020 and 2021 artists to bring their creativity here virtually. After it again becomes safe for travel and interaction, we will reschedule each artist’s actual residency,” said Director Mollie Stewart.
During this interim the AIR program is bringing unique offerings to the Gloucester community. Writer Dan Berne from Oregon, for example, has shared on the Arts On Main website some pages from the novel he’s currently writing. Painter Abigail McBride will offer an online version of the portraiture class she had originally scheduled live at Brent & Becky’s Bulbs. “While we look forward to the day we can welcome visiting artists to Gloucester, we’re thrilled to share whatever exciting and thoughtful art these artists can offer us online.”
The art works from our artists in the AIR program will be posted here, and any classes or performances hosted by AIR also will be listed under the heading “Exhibits, Events and Classes.”