We PAUSED! Unbound – an Exhibit

We PAUSED! Unbound is a year-long exhibit in response to our project We PAUSED! A Handmade Book by Studio PAUSE for Gates of Ballston, which chronicles a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. When Arlington Arts invited us to turn the book into an exhibit, we decided to cut the strings that bound the book and re-imagine its contents in a new light, letting lines of poetry pulled from the book inspire four thematic installations. 

The exhibit continues Studio PAUSE’s work in creating a space for all voices and providing support for our social-emotional wellness while documenting how we as a community can connect even when we are isolated. Step into our unbound book and follow four unique journeys of creativity, connection, and community! There will be a reception and many programs scheduled for the year so stay tuned.

Join us on Saturday, OCT 15, 2022

for a Communtiy PAUSE, 5-7 pm

The Second Installation:

2. “In My Mind’s Eye”: September 2022 – November 2022

The second installation shares our wishes and visions for a different or better world.

Featuring artworks, poetry, and more by:

Columbia Pike Documentary Project

Amitava Mazumdar

Sushmita Mazumdar

MaryLouise Marino

Ahmad Abumraighi

Ana Ortiz

Constance Freeman

Howard Lee Feinstein

Join us on Saturday, July 16, 2022!

Reception: 4-7 pm

Artist’s Talk at 5:30 pm.

Please rsvp via the Eventbrite here

The First Installation:

  1. “The Water Still Churns”: June 2022-August 2022

The first installation finds the community navigating the outside world during a global pandemic and
an on-going struggle for racial justice. Featuring artworks and poetry by:

Sughra Hussainy

Seila Santiago, 

Ella Endo

Sushmita Mazumdar

Mary Louise Marino

Susan Sterner, and 

Lloyd Wolf.

Reception Slideshow: What an incredible event it was! We held our opening reception on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Arlington Arts to a crowd of about 80 people! Watch the slideshow to get a glimpse of the Community Gallery and first installation, “The Water Still Churns” in Gallery 3700, and to see all the artists, the team, funders, supporters, family, friends, and community who were there. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Show Catalog: Below you can read all about how we re-imagined the book We PAUSED! in the first install, “The Water Still Churns.” Read about the artists featured and their present day reflections on their work from 2020.

3. “I Lost Being Lost”: December 2022 – February 2023

The third installation finds our community trying to reconcile and make peace with things we cannot control.

4. “Arms Stretched Towards the Clouds”: March 2023 – May 2023

The fourth and final installation finds us reaching for connections with the things that ground us.

“We Paused” is a perfect example of how art can be integral to our daily life: not simply as entertainment, but as an important way to connect and strengthen community in uncertain times. As Arlington’s official arts agency, Arlington Arts was proud to support the project on the front end. Now, we look forward to expanding the reach even further by showcasing this powerful creative journey in an exhibit that can be experienced by a broad spectrum of the community.” ~ Arlington Arts


Workshops, talks, classes, and other events related to the exhibit We PAUSED! Unbound will be listed here. Please sign-up/register as needed.

Friday, July 8, 2022: In my Mind/At Home: Reflections, A Community Collage, 4-6 pm

Seila Santiago shares her story of making the collage Trapped, on view in the gallery, and invites the community to look back and express what was in their mind when they were at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. Artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides the workshop. The frame is up in the exhibit and each artwork will be added to it and returned to participants when the installation comes down in Aug 2022. All materials will be provided.

Saturday, July 16, 2022: Reception, 4-7 pm and Artists’ Talk at 5:30 pm

Join us for a reception and meet the artists who are part of the exhibit We PAUSED! Unbound, listen to their stories of creating art and writing poetry during the pandemic, and how it all became an exhibit.


Presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, which delivers public activities and programs as Arlington Arts.