COVID Card #121

September 3, 2020 | 0 comments

Sticking to the post office muralist theme (there are a lot of post office muralists), today’s card is about Robert Gwathmey. He created the post office mural, The Countryside, for the Eutaw, Alabama post office.

Gwathmey was an interesting guy. He allegedly destroyed works he created when he was young as he felt they were derivative (he would not have liked COVID cards!). He didn’t like talking about his art and, perhaps because of this, didn’t get a lot of attention. He made some really wonderful social (again, not socialist) realist paintings during his career. He was very interested in bringing issues of social justice to light via art (maybe he would have liked COVID cards 😉 ). has some fantastic books about Gwathmey. You may be able to access them for free via your public library log-in. You can find out by searching for your library here. Some good titles: Examining Prejudice Through Art, Robert Gwathmey: Harvest of Black and White, and Art for Art’s Sake.

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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