ATHICA is delighted to announce the second exhibition of a new partnership in which ATHICA has assumed curatorial duties for the Ciné art gallery, featuring the images of local photographer Cindy Karp and her series Pandemic Portraits.
According to Karp, Pandemic Portraits came about when her creative passions were reborn during the Covid-19 financial slow-down. After years of focusing on retail arts, gardening, community service and real estate, she discovered a world of artistic communities online, as well as ways to produce objects digitally, outside the physical studios of her art school days. Using only her phone as a camera and filter apps for effects, she is a self-taught digital artist.
Karp comments: “It’s been an astounding reawakening for me and certainly the silver lining in the pandemic.” She has been able to share her work in digital galleries around the world, including South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Hungary, and Greece.
The work is available for viewing in the Ciné gallery as COVID precautions permit; see www.athenscine.com for hours.
More about Cindy Karp
Cindy Karp was born to a creative family in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. Karp earned both a BS and a BFA in 1975 from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and attended graduate school in printmaking at SUNY-New Paltz in NY. In her subsequent career in textile design, she worked for Christian Dior, Cannon and JC Penney, among others. Later chapters included wholesale and retail sales of artisanal imports, gifts, and novelties in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, including a shop in downtown Athens. All of these experiences honed her eye for visual quality and ingrained in her a deep sensitivity to the aesthetics of cultural diversity.
She moved to Athens in 1978, where she has thrived as an artist, patron of the arts, entrepreneur, master gardener, realtor, and an active and involved community member ever since. She has served on the boards of numerous community non-profits such as the Georgia Museum of Art, The Lyndon House Art Center, and Hillel, and has sponsored many others such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She has volunteered for local organizations such as her temple, Congregation Children of Israel, Habitat for Humanity, the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, the Athens Board of Realtors, and the Watkinsville Garden Club.
Pandemic Portraits by Cindy Karp is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.