There is no congregating at The Joe Center for the Arts, but that is not stopping the Center’s board from engaging local artists.

The Joe is “issuing a weekly challenge to all member COVID-19 Artists in Residence,” according to Marcy Trahan with the non-profit Center’s board of directors.

The challenge is simple: each week will carry a new theme or challenge.

Artists, working in any medium of their choosing, must create something related to that theme.

For instance, the theme for the current week (April 12-18) is “It’s Spring and It’s Blooming.”

Next week’s (April 19-25) theme is “Something Edible” and the following week (April 27-May 2) the theme is recreating a famous work of art using objects at home.

(Artwork can be found at Getty’s online collection or other museums).

The Getty Museum is conducting a similar challenge.

The month of May includes weekly themes of “Shades of (choose your color)”, “Nature,” “Something Old,” and “Dreaming of the Beach.”

Submissions must be relevant to that week’s theme.

Artists will submit photos, jpeg format only, of their entries (one per challenge limit) by the last day of the challenge while adding the challenge theme and a brief description if desired to the submission.

Pieces will be identified by name and challenge and posted as received on the Center’s Facebook page and website.

(No names of minors will be published and artists may remain anonymous or use a pseudonym).

Most of all, “Be kind, be positive, be friendly and have fun,” said Marcy Trahan of The Joe’s board.

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Summer exhibit

The board of The Joe has voted to move forward with the Center’s planned summer show, “Paws, Claws, Wings and Scales,” to be held July 2-Aug. 8

“Animals often are an important part of our lives,” Trahan said. “We share our homes with them, go to see them at the zoo and search for them in the wild.

“They bring laughter, joy and comfort in our homes and a sense of wonder and excitement when we see them in the wild.”

The Joe will invite two- and three-dimensional artists working in all media to interpret the world of animals for juried consideration during the exhibit, a celebration of animal friends.

The prospectus and entry information will be available soon on the Center’s website: