Essential Workers – Covid-19 Virus

Grocery Store Cashier and Bagger – Essential Worker #1
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Bus Driver – Essential Worker #2
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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Pharmacy Counter Worker and PharmacistsEssential Worker #3 2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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USPS Mail Carrier – Essential Worker #4
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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Hospital Workers- Doctors, Nurses and Janitors – Essential Worker #5
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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Farm Workers -Vegetable and Fruit Pickers – Essential Worker #6
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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First Responders –Pietà of the Uninsured – Essential Workers #7
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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Sanitation Workers – Essential Worker #8
2020 Pastel on paper 22″ x 30″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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Home Health Care Worker – Essential Worker #9
2020 Pastel on paper 22″ x 30″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Band Teacher Repairing Student’s InstrumentEssential Worker #10
2020 Pastel on paper 22″ x 30″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Mass Transportation Disinfection Worker – Essential Worker #11
2020 Pastel on paper 22″ x 30″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Truck Driver – Essential Worker #12
2020 Pastel on paper 22″ x 30″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Grocery Cart Disinfection Worker – Essential Worker #13
2020 Pastel on paper 22″ x 30″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Hospital Laundry Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #14
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Food Shelf Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #15
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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USPS Postal Carrier – Essential Worker Portrait #16
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Food Preparation Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #17
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Bicycle Food Delivery Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #18
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Child Care Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #19
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

Giclee print available
22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Election Judges– Essential Worker Portrait #20
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Greenhouse Workers– Essential Worker Portrait #21
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Protesters – Essential Worker Portrait #22
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

Giclee print available
22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Disaster Clean-up Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #23
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

Giclee print available
22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Convenience Store Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #24
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

Giclee print available
22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Grocery Store Shelf Stocker – Essential Worker Portrait #25
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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CNA Worker – Essential Worker Portrait #26
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Warehouse Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #27
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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White Coats for Black Lives – Essential Worker Portrait #28
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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USPS Mail Carrier and Mail Truck– Essential Worker Portrait #29
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Curbside Delivery Worker – Essential Worker Portrait #30
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Essential Workers Ride Mass Transportation to Work – Essential Worker Portrait #31
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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PlumberEssential Worker Portrait #32
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Morticians at Drive Through Grave site Memorial-Essential Worker Portrait #33
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Drive Through Covid-19 Community Testing WorkersEssential Worker Portrait #34
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Scientists-Essential Worker Portrait #35
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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ER Medical Workers-Nurses, Doctors and Secretaries-Essential Worker Portrait #36
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Auto Repair Technicians – Essential Worker Portrait #37
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Sewing Machine Repair Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #38
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Laundromat Worker – Essential Worker Portrait #39
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Janitors and Teachers – Essential Worker Portrait #40
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125
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Teachers – Essential Worker Portrait #41
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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School Bus Drivers – Essential Worker Portrait #42
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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School Food Service Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #43
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
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School Public Health Monitors – Essential Worker Portrait # 44
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Fire Fighters – Essential Worker Portrait # 45
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ Sold

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22″ x 30″ unframed – $350 shipped
12″ x 16.5″ unframed – $250 shipped
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Street Utility Worker – Essential Worker Portrait #46
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Utility Truck Workers – Essential Worker Portrait #47
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Art Teacher – Essential Worker Portrait #48
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Grocery and Supply Delivery – Essential Worker Portrait #49
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Voters – Essential Worker Portrait #50
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Building Maintenance Worker – Essential Worker Portrait #51
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Nurses – Essential Worker Portrait #52
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Journalist for Alternative Weekly Publications
Essential Worker Portrait #53
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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Independent Journalist Essential Worker Portrait #54
2020 Pastel on paper 20″ x 29″ $1,125 framed
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PBS Newshour CANVAS May 19,2020 Written by Joshua Barajus
…”Workers take every precaution to keep themselves and others safe from the coronavirus in Carolyn Olson’s pastel drawings.
Farmworkers wear face masks and gloves while picking vegetables and fruits. A grocery store worker wipes down shopping carts with disinfectant. A janitor pushes a cleaning cart full of supplies past doctors and nurses at a hospital. Since March, the artist from Duluth, Minnesota, has been paying tribute to all kinds of workers deemed essential during the pandemic.
For their sake, Olson wants the rest of us to do better.
These same workers, unable to work from home, have to come into close contact with scores of people every day. And social distancing isn’t always an option, depending on the work site. In Olson’s first drawing in the series, a child, also wearing gloves and a mask, is within touching distance of a grocery store cashier.
For months, labor advocates have raised alarms about the ways essential workers face heightened risks because of exposure to the virus, but also from complications that could arise from low wages and lack of affordable health insurance.
Olson, a recently retired public school teacher, said the series was inspired by conversations with her two children — one a grocery store cashier, the other a middle school music teacher — about how they are navigating the risks of exposure. Her son, the teacher, is able to stay home from school, but also works at a restaurant and bar as another source of income. That business plans on reopening in June.
“As a parent, I’m just panicked about my kids and panicked about the neighbor’s kids. That’s no way to live,” she told the PBS NewsHour.
That anxiety helped fuel her desire to capture workers’ stories, heard from family and friends or the news. There are so many stories that Olson, a longtime painter, turned into pastels, partly because she’s able to produce more images more quickly than if she were working with oil or gouache….”

Star Tribune May 12, 2020 Written by Richard Chin
“….The Historical Society also recently purchased a pastel drawing by Duluth artist Carolyn Sue Olson depicting a scene in a grocery store in which everyone is wearing masks and gloves.
In a description on the Historical Society’s History Is Now website, Olson said the drawing was inspired by her daughter’s job as a grocery store cashier in the Twin Cities.
It’s the first in a series of pieces Olson is creating called “Essential Workers,” depicting bus drivers, mail carriers, doctors, nurses, janitors, farm workers and trash collectors on the job during the pandemic.
The image of people wearing masks to perform an everyday task “was such a profound piece,” said Historical Society art curator Brian Szott, who said he could envision the drawing being used in a history book years from now. “This is an image that suddenly has entered our consciousness,” he said.”…

PBS Newshour CANVAS, June 17, 2020 Reported by Jeff Brown
American artists of all kinds are responding to the pandemic with new creations. As Jeffrey Brown reports, the art can serve as both a call to action and a means of healing — for maker and audience alike. The story is part of our ongoing arts and culture series, Canvas. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/connecting-through-art-when-a-pandemic-keeps-us-apart

Perfect Duluth Day Written by Brian Barber
Carolyn Olson (featured previously in Selective Focus) has been redirecting her work a bit. Still focused on everyday scenes, she has been making drawings in a series she’s calling Essential Workers. These scenes are in grocery stores, public transit, street scenes and in medical facilities. This week, Carolyn talks about honoring these people who keep things going in unprecedented circumstances.

Some giclee scans and prints were made possible through the “Emergency Working Artist Project Grant” provided through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. ARAC’s funding is derived from appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy Amendment) as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota.