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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Williamsburg Regional Library hosts collaborative quarantine art project

The Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting a community art project that captures life in quarantine. (WYDaily/Williamsburg Regional Library)
The Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting a community art project that captures life in quarantine. (WYDaily/Williamsburg Regional Library)

The Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting a collaborative community art project that captures the realities of life under quarantine.

In partnership with William & Mary Libraries, the Muscarelle Museum of Art and CultureFix VA, the Williamsburg Regional Library will host “Our Town: Williamsburg 2020 Community Art Project” at the Stryker Center beginning Saturday through the end of October.

The exhibition comes after the Williamsburg Regional Library involved the community in April to participate in an art and memory project that captures life under quarantine. Since then more than 130 items including photographs, poems, artwork and journals have been submitted to the collection.

“Libraries are the place where people from across the community connect, and the Our Town: Williamsburg 2020 Community Art Project is an opportunity to have that shared experience in a different and very powerful way,” said Betsy Fowler, library director, in a news release. “We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate and help showcase the expertise of the Muscarelle Museum of Art and William and Mary Libraries, and the energy and creativity of CultureFix.”

The exhibition will be mounted on the windows of the Stryker Center facing Boundary Street and City Square. It will be visible from the outside at all times so people can enjoy the exhibition in the open air to allow for social distancing and a “dynamic street art experience.” 

(WYDaily/Courtesy of wendycmillerphotograhy)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of wendycmillerphotograhy)

There will also be a digital display that features scrolling poetry and other written material.

Submissions to the libraries were curated and mounted by staff from both the Muscarelle Museum of Art and William & Mary Libraries.

The exhibition will also include the community wine bottle sculpture project from CultureFix titled “Stay at Home.” The project started in May and asked people to collect, decorate and donate wine bottles in order to make one large sculpture. Now there are more than 250 painted wine bottles that have been collected and will be displayed in a stylized house frame.

There will also be CultureFix volunteers staffing the Stryker Center from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays for guests who want to view the art up close.

The opening of the exhibition will be celebrated with live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and soft drinks will be available. 

For more information, visit the Williamsburg Regional Library online.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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