What brings you hope That is the central question behind a new group exhibition by Port City Creative Guild. Couriers of Hope offers more than 120 original pieces by more than 90 artists – the list includes Rosanne Kang Jovanovski, Andrew Hem ((previously), Sean Chao ((previously), and Yoskay Yamamoto– All rendered on vintage envelopes. Inspired by the Mail Art movement of the 1960s, the exhibition shows a diverse selection of watercolor, pencil and mixed media illustrations that transform the miniature canvases into the artists’ vision of the future, be it through relaxed otters, peaches or vivid portraits. Many of the works prominently show the original stamps and stamps and remind us that communication does not have to be digital.
Long Beach Unified School District students have the option to purchase one of the envelopes by exchanging their own response to the same request from the artists. The guild provides art supplies to participants to ensure everyone has access to the initiative. The exhibition was co-sponsored by an art museum in Long Beach, the Creative Arts Coalition for Urban Space Transformation, Flatline, Inspired LBC, the Icehouse x Ink and Drink in Long Beach, the Arts Council in Long Beach and the Museum of Contemporary Art by Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld, Pacific Island Ethnic, curates the Kunstmuseum, Compound LBC and the Creative Class Collective.
Couriers of Hope is on display in the windows of the Psychic Temple of the Holy Kiss in downtown Long Beach and beyond the side of the guild for the virtual display from January 19 to February 28, 2021.
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