Sep. 10—Art organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic — adapting to new safety guidelines, at times having to reduce the number of visitors to a specific time slot and even temporarily closing for stretches to keep citizens safe.

On Sept. 17, BMoCA’s Artmix — an annual fundraising auction, featuring the diverse work of over 100 creatives — presents an opportunity for folks to support the museum and participating artists by casting bids either online or in person.

“Artmix is always an exciting time for the museum,” said Gwyneth Burak, deputy director of BMoCA. “There is great artwork from so many artists and that brings a unique energy to the museum that visitors and staff always enjoy.”

All work in the 16-day event is for sale and tickets to access the auction online and visit the exhibition for the duration of its display are $15, or $10 for members.

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Slow and steady has won the race in the River Park North Photography contest.

Photos of turtles swept the adult professional category of the annual contest, which showcases nature photography taken at the park over the last year.

Briana Earl received first place for “Making Kin,” a closeup of a yellow-bellied slider retreating into its shell. Raven Moore received honorable mention for “Sunbathing Turtles,” which shows half a dozen reptiles perched atop logs in one of River Park’s ponds.

Both professional category winners are Greenville residents. But the contest, which features photos of landscapes and wildlife, also received entries from Winterville and Goldsboro.

Earl, a graduate of the University of South Dakota, has a bachelor’s degree in studio art with a specialization in photography. She is pursuing a master of fine arts degree at East Carolina University.

In the adult amateur category, Brennan Moore was awarded first place for “Prothonotary

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An Ansel Adams landscape is instantly recognizable to those who love photography.

The black and white mountains, moonrises, gnarled trees, rivers snaking through the land and streams of light puncturing puffy white clouds. Adams, who developed an affinity for nature at an early age, is one of our most well-known photographers. “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” an exhibit featuring 48 of his photos from his portfolio “Museum Set,” will open Saturday at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. The show is open Thursdays-Saturdays by reservation and will be up through Sept. 4.

Adams, who died in 1984 at 82, began to consider his artistic legacy and body of work in 1979, sifting through 2,500 negatives to capture the images that most represented five decades of his career, from 1923-1969. That collection is known as the “Museum Set.”

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With millions of people literally staring at their walls during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, online craft store Etsy has added a helpful feature to their mobile app, making art buying and wall decor placement easier than ever before.

Series of images illustrating the awesome photo-placing powers of Etsy's new AR mobile app feature.
Series of images illustrating the awesome photo-placing powers of Etsy’s new AR mobile app feature.

For most people, placing art on the wall causes a bit of anxiety. For starters, there’s the decision about whether it’s the right style or color for the space. Then come the thoughts about the exact location for a print. A little higher? Slightly to the right? Nobody wants to put excess holes in the wall unnecessarily, so the pressure is really on to get it right the first time.

The process offers challenges during the shopping phase, too. Is it too big or too small for the space? How will a piece look next to

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