Couple launches project to document pandemic using art

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The owners of Wekiva Island have launched a new project attempting to document the COVID-19 pandemic through art.

Bill and Mary Weinaug are passionate art collecters who recently started the “Great American Paint-In.” They’re asking artists throughout the country to depict the emotions people feel from coronavirus.


The idea for the paint-in came from their daughter who is currently studying in Barcelona and, Bill says, contracted the virus. Wekiva Island is also the host of an annual Wekiva Paint-Out where local artists gather to celebrate and share their work.

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Bill says he is also planning to open a gallery at Wekiva Island showcasing the work of local artists. He says the pandemic has interrupted the work but he still hopes to have construction done by the end of the year.

All the paintings are on sale and can be purchased here.

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