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Faces of Pandemic Frontline Virtual Art Show with CSOPA

June 14, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Faces of Pandemic Frontline Heroes interpreted in drawings and paintings by members of Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Virtual reception/show
June 14: 3 – 5pm

You are invited to view an online Art Show depicting hand drawn and painted Faces of the Pandemic Frontline with the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists!

 There are three ways to experience the FPFL Art Show during the month of June 2020!!!!

~Online Art Gallery: The Faces of Pandemic Front Lines (FPFL) Art Show may be viewed online:

~Online Artists Reception: There will be a virtual artist’s reception on Sunday June 14th from 3-5pm. Artists and their subjects will be honored and the public is welcome to attend from the safety and comfort of their homes.  It will include artists as well as heroes. FREE Register Here.

~Storefront Window Display: You’ll need to take a drive for this one! The portraits will also be on display in a storefront window beginning June 19th at 170 Bedford Street in Stamford CT in collaboration with Stamford Downtown.

The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA), responds to the impact of social isolation on artists by having members create a portrait of someone they know who is working on the front lines during COVID19. The result is a telling mix of healthcare professionals and providers of essential services who will receive their portraits as “Thank You” gifts. Faces of Pandemic Front Lines (FPFL,) is an art show of historical importance to the experience of Covid-19.

ShawnaLee Kwashnak created a Charcoal portrait of Joe Dinova from Four Corners Grocery in Middlebury CT.   Joe, a third generation grocer, responded immediately to the needs and safety of his employees and the town. He adjusted quickly to keep his employees on staff, closed the store to the public, delivered groceries and provided safe pick up to the town during the peak of the crisis when groceries were scarce from panicked shoppers. (He even rationed the elusive TP so that everyone could have some!). This iconic image of Joe carrying groceries out of his store has added impact as he is a third generation grocer providing for his town in the footsteps of his father, “Gus” and his Grandfather, Joseph, who started the store in 1941.

According to Joe “The store was on the corner where the Meet Me Here restaurant is. My grandfather and his brothers pedaled produce from Waterbury to Washington depot. Stopping at farms and house selling and buying along the way. At that time they owned the the Washington depot store which was a train stop to and from NYC. We moved the the new location on May 26, 1982.”

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June 14, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Virtual Artists Reception and Online Art Show


Portraits by ShawnaLee
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