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If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to see our new project, Visit A Museum A Day!

Each day, we post a link to a virtual exhibit or online collections at a museum around the world, some famous, some off the beaten paths.

The purpose of this project is to encourage people to expand their horizons through a widened exposure to art during this time of COVID-19 and resulting limitations of travel and finances.

This project is curated by Willow Morrigan, of Preslar Art Initiatives.

To send a feedback or to recommend your favorite museum, feel free to send an email. Museums must have either a virtual exhibit component (may include videos) or an online collection that is accessible to general public without paywall or log-in requirement.

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Happy belated new year to everyone!

Here at Preslar Art Initiatives we just had a week of snow, but as hard as it is to believe, it’s almost March and spring is just around the corner.

This year, we have scheduled to have four art exhibits. These shows will be offered as a “primarily virtual” format, with possible “hybrid”-style events for summer.

2021 Schedule of Exhibits

  • Restoration: a virtual exhibition — Saturday, April 3 through Sunday, May 30.
  • The Other Side of a Rainbow: a virtual exhibition — Saturday, June 5 through Sunday, July 25.
  • TBA (virtual) — Saturday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 26.
  • TBA (virtual) — Saturday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

Calls for artists will be released on a later date.

For more information, write to the curator.

This year, Preslar Art Initiatives has decided to move its monthly art exhibit series to the digital space for the whole year. Although the ongoing public health emergency was an impetus for this move, it also builds on Preslar Art Initiatives’ shift of focus since last year, to build a wider audience.

Setting up a virtual gallery that offers an immersive experience that replicates a real-life art walk can be challenging.

Fortunately, I have found a perfect off-the-shelf solution.

Second Life was one of the original 3D virtual world, with history dating back to 2003. In the mid-2000s, many universities…

Photo credit: Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta, by David Brook Martin.

This is a call for entry for an upcoming virtual art exhibit, to open on Aug. 8, 2020.

For the last couple of years, Preslar Art Initiatives hosted LGBTQ+ Pride Month exhibits and events. This year, almost all Pride parades and events have been called off due to COVID-19. For many in the LGBTQ+ community, the annual Pride is something they look forward to every year, a family reunion of a sort, and a celebration of the communities’ resilience and strengths.

Since time immemorial, rainbows were seen as a universal symbol of hope, good fortune, divine messages and eternal life

Update: Deadline extended by 3 weeks. The exhibit opens on June 6.

It is April already and as I have promised last autumn when I announced the hiatus through March 30, 2020, I am writing this to announce the opening of the 2020 season of the Preslar Art Initiative.

Needless to say, life happens and things often do not work out as planned. I was writing a completely different version of this announcement about four weeks ago and now I have to redo the whole thing.

But I also tend to value reason over emotionalism and also tend to see…

A message from the curator

Oct. 2, 2019

This year marked the second season of what was previously called the [Floy] Preslar Gallery. Due to a series of incidents, as you may have read here in the past, the 2019 season has been chaotic and lacklustre at best. We held a small number of exhibits and a few were cancelled or rescheduled. The gallery was underperforming, and the location and venue are far from ideal or accessible. …

This summer is coming near its close. It has been cooler and wetter this year. I have personally taken a hiatus from most of my projects during the last two months, and I am still slowly recovering from a period of trial this early summer.

The last time I wrote anything on this, I announced the shift from the Preslar Gallery to the new Preslar Art Initiatives, which would be less centered around the monthly exhibits at a fixed location.

With all honesty, I have put the Preslar Art Initiatives on the back burner. I did not really have enough…

Photo: Niklaus Veenhuis/Unsplash cc0

The Preslar Art Initiatives will be having one or two summer “pop-up” exhibit(s) at Estancia Serenova. This will be somewhat different in format from the previous shows at the Preslar Gallery.

These pop-up exhibits will be considered special events on an ad hoc basis, and their schedules may be modified.

  • Friday, June 28-Sunday, July 28: April Mitchell
  • August TBA:

Estancia Serenova has been the founding home of the Preslar Gallery since 2018. Now it is shapeshifting into a new form.

Earlier, I made an announcement regarding the closure of the Preslar Gallery effective June 30, 2019. Due to the lack of eligible and qualified entries for the previously scheduled LGBTQ+ Pride Month community exhibit, I am officially ending the Preslar Gallery’s operations in its present form effective Saturday, May 31, 2019 instead.

Having this said, I have revisited the original mission and purposes of the gallery and reassessed how the gallery had fulfilled them during the last one-and-a-quarter years. Despite all the good intentions, it has fallen far short of its goals.

The format of an art gallery located inside…

April full moon over the gallery.

It is with a bit of sadness that I announce today that the Preslar Gallery will be suspending its operations at the end of July 2019. For the last couple of months, I have been considering whether to discontinue the gallery due to less-than-desirable level of traffic and low sales figures. This season, two shows had to be also cancelled. While the gallery was able to operate at cost thanks to administrative fees assessed on the artists, this situation has become indefensible, and it has not been entirely fair to the artists, either.

It has also come to my attention…

Preslar Art Initiatives

Formerly the Preslar Gallery.

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