2020 Symposium (left to right) Cortni Frecha, Kevin Duffy, Marin Murakoshi, Mark Smith
Dear Art Friends,
I hope this message finds you healthy and enjoying the unusual secluded life with your loved ones.
Ever since May, I sat down in the middle of every month and drafted this letter to you. But inevitably the word Coronavirus appeared, and I dropped the letter, thinking you have had enough bombardment of that word. But Coronavirus has impacted Contemporary Arts International like it has been with many art places around the world; our art ground has been closed to the public since March. As the pandemic continue surging, we will remain CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC till further notice. We do miss our beloved audience and volunteers.
With no visitors, the art ground is a giant soul in silence. Viktor and I have productively been using this “quiet” time to improve this art ground. After thoroughly evaluating the circumstances and consulting with artists, we have decided to go ahead with the Stone Carving Symposium on the New Art Archeology stone pile while art grounds remain closed to the public. We made special arrangements to ensure artists can create their own work safely and undisturbed.
This is our Ninth Annual Symposium. Due to the special circumstances during the COVID-19, we have decided to extend the working time period from three weeks to three months, starting in mid-July until September. Artists will come at their own convenient times to work, wear mask (of course!) and keep social distance when they encounter each other. This year, we have invited back the four artists who had participated in last year’s Symposium, Kevin Duffy (Arlington, MA), Cortni Frecha (Stow, MA), Mark Smith (Berlin, MA) and Marin Murakoshi (Newton, MA), Viktor and I will also join the endeavor. We will not hold the Opening Ceremony and Symposium Closing Exhibition. However, we are holding our spirit and energy high. With determination, our endeavor will draw the New Art Archeology stone pile closer to its completion.
We apologize for not being able to share the artist’s carving process with you on site in person; however, I will be diligent in taking picture of artists working and post them in our website here for your viewing. Please click into the New Art Archeology under Program to see new pictures “Symposium-Artists at Work”.
As granite is forever, our vulnerable health should come first at this time. We promise when this art ground is reopened, you will see an amazing new world.
Lastly, we want to thank the support from the Local Mass Cultural Council of the following Towns: Acton-Boxborough, Billerica, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Lexington, Littleton and Westford.
Yin & Viktor
We have renamed this art ground YV ART MUSEUM = “WHY WE ART MUSEUM” (administered by the Contemporary Arts International CAI). “YV” refers to Yin Peet and Viktor Lois whose artworks are the anchor of the Museum, “We” refers to the artists who had taken residencies at the art grounds and/or had participated in our New Art Archeology program, and donate their excellent artwork to our permanent collection. Together, we are realizing this legendary art mission.