Wendy Bale, a nature artist in Jamestown, NY is now part of the International Online Art Collective (IOAC), a group of 21 professional artists representing nine countries.
The group brings attention to international artists through online curated showcases and featured artists. Like a gallery opening people can enjoy from home, a new art exhibit is presented on Facebook each Friday. A featured artist is in the spotlight each week where short videos give you a glimpse inside their studio, their process, and inspirations. The public is invited to follow the IOAC Facebook page, @IntOnlineArt to view the weekly profiles and exhibitions. “We were amazed at the initial flood of followers when we launched in mid-April,” noted Bale, “In the first 10 days we had over 1000 people from all over the world like the page, which continues to grow daily. People need artistic expression more than ever right now.”
The collective formed in response to the disruption and stress—both financial and emotional— caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. “Art can become a visual anchor leading people out of fear and into love and delight,” says Caroline Karp, a founding member from Florida. Noting the group’s positive response, “This has been remarkably energizing!”
The artists originally met through Art NXT Level Academy, coached by artist Sergio Gomez and psychologist Dr. Yanina Gomez, in Chicago, IL. A small group started chatting online and supporting each other on social media. “I’ve learned so much from these talented artists,” said Bale, “we’re very different in style, and come from many cultures. What’s amazing to me is we’re more alike than different. As artists. As human beings. As inhabitants of this planet. We’ve been brought together through our art, our struggles, and now a global lockdown.”