MAY 2020
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During Coronavirus Lockdown, Escape into the World of Virtual Art

By Brinda

Are you bored and stuck inside the house cooking, exercising, and watching the same old television and movies on Netflix and Amazon? One way to cope is to switch out your social life for a creative one. In many cold places, where sports and other outdoor activities are inconvenient, people have resorted to creating art. Now, in this time of confinement, people can use art to stimulate children’s creativity and take their attention off the constant troubling news media about the virus. You can keep children engaged by providing them with art materials, artwork books, and access to virtual art.

If you feel socially isolated and would like to have a new experience, you and your children can make great use of time by viewing some of the top museums and art galleries around the world online.

To lose yourself for hours on one site, try visiting Google’s Art and Culture platform. Step inside this virtual world from the comfort of your own home to see extraordinary masterworks, better understand different cultures, see interesting street art, go back in time with virtual art history, and explore iconic monuments from every angle. You can see, for instance, the details of Prambanan temples in Indonesia, Machu Picchu in Peru, Tikal temple in Guatemala, and Stonehenge in the United Kingdom.

“Quiet Time” by artist Michelle Wilcox,
a show at Venvi Art Gallery

Google has also elegantly captured the art and culture of India across time and place. India 6 features breathtaking Indian monuments, including the Taj Mahal, Hampi, Ajanta Caves, Chand Baori Stepwell, Konark Sun Temple, and Great Stupa at Sanchi. Another particular project that held my attention was “Watch the art in action,” which encapsulates the passion of Indian art and weaving in five short movies. The videos detail Indian crafts—such as the production of Banarasi sarees, carpet weaving, and embroideries—and feature woodworking, leather puppet making, and the traditions of handweaving, metalworking, and casting. The videos give you a sense of how focused, contented, and proud these artists are as well as how they live a self-sustained creative life that relies on local production. I have gained a greater appreciation of Indian culture through Google Arts and Culture, and you can too.

Technology has been a blessing, especially during this time of pandemic. Though we have been taking pictures at shows, we now have to rely on pictures to make a show.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, in lieu of an on-site show, the Venvi Art Gallery will host a virtual exhibit of Bryce Speed’s “The Floating World.” The show will be available to view from April 3 to June 7 on the gallery’s website, The virtual exhibit will be devised to provide the art community with an uplifting experience that can be enjoyed from home during this period of isolation and uncertainty.

Brinda Pamulapati, owner/managing director, of Venvi Art Gallery in Tallahassee, can be reached at (850) 322-0965 or visit

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