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Local artists persevering through the pandemic

Local artists are finding different ways to persevere through the pandemic.
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Posted at 4:39 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 07:18:13-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Local artists are finding different ways to make it through the pandemic.

Greg Reuter wakes up every morning, sweeps his Corpus Christi studio, and then turns on the radio to start off his day.

“Now, my rhythm has been to work on unfinished sculptor projects,” said Reuter, a retired teacher.

Michelle Smythe, the executive director of K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, says she’s seen artists either increase productivity during the pandemic or they’ve stopped working altogether.

“But there are others, and a lot of artists are loners and enjoy being alone in their studios,” said Smythe, whose business is dedicated to promoting and presenting local art.

Reuter who has been retired for two years, says being forced to stay at home has helped him focus on his projects.

“Finishing up sculptor ideas that I’ve had for years," said Reuter. "We always like to start things but the art of finishing things is the most difficult.”

One project he completed was presented at K Space for the 25th-anniversary exhibit, which celebrating past and present artist's work.

“Greg created it after the pandemic when the lockdown started,” said Smythe.

The only problem with artists making great work during this time is how to present that to the public, so they’ve turned to the internet, Smythe said.

“Slideshows that we put online that we put on our YouTube channel and then we poss those to Instagram and Facebook,” she said.

Innovative 5-minute video tours are posted on glasstire.com, a Texas online-art magazine.

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