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A new online quarantine magazine — A.K.A. “quaranzine” called Moore ArtShare is preparing to make its debut, and it’s in need of entries from the community.

Moore ArtShare will serve as an online magazine and a newsletter. Premiering as Moore ArtShare: COVID Edition, it will feature art submitted from the community that reflect their feelings during quarantine. It’s produced by the Moore County Arts Council, Given Bookshop and Given Memorial Library.

“We’re looking for anything creative that is helping you get through COVID,” arts council director Chris Dunn says.

According to Chris, they’ll accept a variety of submission types — from poems and recipes, to theatrical performances.

“We’re not looking to censor anyone’s feelings,” Chris says. The arts are only going to reflect society as it is. It’s a mirror to society — the good the bad and the ugly.”

Obviously, vulgar and highly offensive content won’t be accepted. But, Chris says the jurying committee will be “pretty liberal” with publishing guidelines.

Two examples of art submitted to Arlington Public Library’s quaranzine.

Lisa Richman, program director and book shop manager at Given Book Shop, approached Chris about the idea of an online “quaranzine.” Richman came across a similar publication from the Arlington Public Library in Arlington, Virginia, and thought something similar would do well in Moore County.

Chris says the library directors in Arlington played an instrumental roll in bringing Moore ArtShare to life. He says officials from Arlington Public Library offered up advice, resources and inspiration from their very own quaranzine.

How to Submit

 The first submission to Moore County’s quarantine magazine, titled “Sketchbook Sessions – The Redwoods” by Nanette S. Zeller. Zeller is a fabric artist from Southern Pines. She is working on a series of sketches and plans to create them in fabric.

A form is available on their website for entries. Video files can be submitted as a YouTube or Vimeo link.

Chris says he hopes Moore ArtShare will continue to exist beyond the pandemic as a safe space for art.

“For now, we’re just trying to engage Moore County the best way we can,” Chris says.

Learn more about Moore ArtShare, and submit your work here. Or, contact Chris by email at chris@mooreart.org for additional questions.

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