A call is going out to artists of all ages to take part in Brightlingsea's 2021 WinterFest and let their work be part of the festival's drive to create some light and optimism in dark times.
An on-line art gallery is being planned as part of this year's WinterFest which aims to bring the community together and promote wellbeing.
Restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic mean that WinterFest's arts and crafts activities can't attract their usual crowds, but instead the virtual gallery will be a showcase for the town's wide-ranging creativity.
Local artist and WinterFest crew volunteer Julie Taylor-Lange, who is organising the initiative, said:“We are putting a call out to all artists of any age or ability to help us create the online visual art collection during February.
“We want to all involve visual artists and photographers from beginners to professionals and we are now inviting them to submit one image or collage.
The two main themes which can be freely interpreted are : A Beacon of Hope and Thanks and Remembrance.
“We would love submissions of images or collages that show hope and light for the future. The work can be from individuals and from families and we will be delighted to welcome art by children.
“ Under the Beacon of Hope category the work could depict how you have generated hope and what helped you through the huge challenges and difficulties caused by lockdown.
“Under the Thanks and Remembrance theme there will be a chance to pay tribute to and remember those lost and thank those who have made so many sacrifices.
“ Comments, sketch book pages or even an illustrated poem or prose can be submitted too and artists can also add a link to their website and social media platforms.”
Images can be submitted as digital images or scans or emailed to: Julie Taylor Lange firstname.lastname@example.org