Colorful exhibit gives emotional outlet for people to give Pandemic Perspectives – News Messenger

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Photo by Heather Bell – This quirky figure is one of several pieces of artwork on display in the Pandemic Perspective outdoor art exhibit on West Main Street.

RADFORD – Pandemic Perspectives has been installed for a few weeks now, and people who have viewed the outdoor art exhibit say the works have given them a chuckle and an appreciation of what the community is going through in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The artwork was created during and in response to the pandemic and is now on display on West Main Street.

The exhibition’s intent is “to provide a creative outlet for NRV residents to artfully express their response to the pandemic, and to provide an outdoor artful destination for residents to safely view and experience art,” according to an announcement by MountainTrotter Arts, the Radford-based non-profit organization that is one of the two hosts of the show along with Happy Sprout Garden.

The mission of MountainTrotter Arts is to “promote the arts and create opportunities for artists, makers, and creators of all types in our mountain community.”

“We do this by facilitating arts-related events and collaborating with other organizations to enrich and educate the community while making the arts accessible for all. MountainTrotter Arts is committed to inclusivity and building bridges within our community. We maintain these connections by being fiscally, environmentally, and organizationally sustainable while giving back to the community in a variety of ways. Events and programming are designed to enhance the quality of life and economic development in the New River Valley, and to build the organization to provide space and service for arts and artists.”

Pandemic Perspectives will run until Oct. 11, 2020 at Central Depot Courtyard, located at 307 West Main St., and is free and open to the public.