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The Great American Paint In

The Great American Paint In

Artists Sharing Their Pandemic Stories

By (author) William C. Weinaug
By (author) Mary Weinaug


Publishing 10th Oct 2022
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    • The first book to document the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of American artists in all 50 states
    • Includes contributions from at least one celebrated artist from every U.S. state, plus several from Canada
    • One-on-one interviews with high-profile contributors such as Mikel Wintermantel, Benji Alexander Palus, Karen Blackwood, Deena Ball, Bill Farnsworth, Lucy Dickens, Manon Sander and many more
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    “We are living history right now. I believe we need to do more to document this unique moment in America, and who better to convey the emotions we’re all feeling than the country’s great artists? In 50 years, art history classes will pull this book off the shelf and feel the passion of this time.”Bill Weinaug

    Around the world, many individuals and families have faced isolation due to COVID-19. Our lives have been changed as we face a historical crisis of unprecedented scale. But beauty has also come from this hardship. The Great American Paint In® was birthed to allow artists to paint their emotions during the pandemic, capturing this period of history in a unique way — through art.

    This book curates the products of the Paint In️, revealing the responses of over 50 artists from across the continent. Artists share their experiences, their losses, and their hopes for the future. In doing so, they demonstrate the real grit and backbone of the American pandemic story. Like so many enduring these difficult times, they discovered a whole new world and a brand “new normal” that allows them to live, work, survive — and, most importantly, create.

    These stories have been shared by Wekiva Island online, at Gallery CERO, and around the country in several travelling art exhibits. Now, for the first time, they are being brought together in a single volume.

    Artists featured include: Hai-Ou Hou, Olena Babek, Barbara Fox, Jill Stefani Wagner, Paul Schulenburg, Morgan Samuel Price, Kyle Stanley, Raymond Bonilla, Kathleen Dunphy, Jennfer Miller, Michelle Held, David Arsenault, John S Caggiano, Tony D'Amico, Karen Blackwood, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Justin T Worrell, Thomas Kegler, Shawn Krueger, Erik Koeppel, Ken Salaz, Hillary Scott, Thomas Adkins, Michael Orwick, Kim VanDerHoek, Cindy House, George Van Hook, Kim Lordier, Marc R Hansen, Sergio Roffo, Sam Vokey, Mary Erickson, Tom LaRock, Josh Clare, Howard B Friendland, Marc Dalessio, Andrew Orr, Kari Ganoung Ruiz, Charles Muench, Jim McVicker, Trish Coonrod, Joseph Daily, Jeffrey Hayes, Mitch Kolbe, Dogulas Wiltraut, Ray Howard, Nick Patten, Brett Scheifflee, Jeff Gola, Eleinne Basa, Bill Farnsworth, Garin J Baker

    About the Author

    In the 1990s, William C. Weinaug and his wife, Mary, set out to be ambassadors of change. They purchased Wekiva Island with a focus on Sustainability, Learning, and Art. With a goal to become the first carbon-neutral business of their type, they signed up to the “2030 Challenge”, an initiative backed by the U.S. Department of Energy to make buildings carbon-neutral by 2030. Their mission is steered by their trademarked toolkit C.E.R.O.®, which stands for Conservation, Efficiencies, Renewables, and Offsets. With art as a critical area of focus, Gallery CERO, an art gallery at Wekiva Island, opened. By March 2020, with the influx of the world pandemic, many people were impacted by business shutdowns, and that pain included the art community. Weinaug’s daughter Ashley unveiled an idea to ensure the family’s business could stay relevant and do something for others, and the concept of The Great American Paint In® was born.

    ACC Art Books
    Publish date
    10th Oct 2022
    260 mm x 260 mm
    256 Pages
    300 color
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