Viruses Go. Art Remains. The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers
For now, The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers is quietly marshaling its creative energies to shape a year of promise and progress.
So, we enter the cold and largely inactive months of January and February, 2021.
Most people are glad to see 2020 go. One could feel kind of sorry for the year 2020. After all, it wasn’t the year’s fault that the Covid-19 virus chose it to be the year it would spread across the globe. 2020 arrived right on time but under the wrong circumstances.
On January 1, the year 2020 had the same high hopes for its 365 days as other years do. Yet it will be despised as much as 1918 is for the Spanish Flu Pandemic that killed more than 50 million people worldwide. That virus got another name: H1N1 – yes, the same virus that is still with us today. It wasn’t until 1942, 24 years later, that a vaccine was developed to fight it. At least, maybe 2020 will have as part of its legacy being the year an effective vaccine was developed to fight Covid-19.
The Art League has decided not to look back at the tattered remains of its 2020 season that held so much promise this time last year. Informative programs, wine receptions, Children’s Summer Art Camp, hosting the Chamber of Commerce’s “Business after Hours” event and fine art shows were all planned, and one by one fell like dominoes.
Instead, the ALHC board, under the leadership of the new President, John Bauknight, spent its time, planning for 2021. Understandably, there is a lot of pent-up energy among board members to get things back to “normal.” Normal is not likely to reappear at once like magic, but rather will probably be a gradual process.
Time will tell.
One thing is certain; artists will continue to create art, and art lovers will still want to see it, discuss it and maybe even own some of it.
Stay tuned, as the Art League announces the return of its offerings as circumstances allow. Also, be sure to visit the League’s redesigned website at artleaguehighlands-cashiers.com.