What do artists do when they have to shelter in place?

The Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro presents “The Sheltering in Place Project,” A reflection by Vermont artists and writers on time spent during COVID-19. The exhibit crated by Calais artist Hasso Ewing includes creations by more than 100 Vermont artists and writers.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 9 and is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 to 4, by reservation only; go to highlandartsvt.org.

The project began last winter when the Fair Housing Project and the T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier wanted to organize a spring exhibit commemorating fair housing. Then came the pandemic.

Ewing’s proposal for the exhibit had been accepted, and she decided that since all Vermonters were sharing a new experience, her project should reflect that experience. She invited Vermont visual artists and writers to create a reflection of their time spent Sheltering in Place to stand as a memorial to what was lost, and gained, from this new, shared experience.

Over 100 artists and writers responded. For the exhibition, Ewing created a small forest for viewers to wander through. Red branches, bathed in colored light, nestle the shelters and a soundscape of recited haiku, and original music by Seamus Hannon, accompany one along the path. The lighting was designed by Cavan Meese.

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