It has, indeed been a strange few weeks, hasn’t it? The first inkling of trouble for the art gallery came with a phone call on the evening of March 8th. One of the gallery’s founders, Robert Gross, was scheduled to hang his show on March 14th and to unveil the exhibit at the Island City Art Walk on March 21st. Bob, as he’s known to his students, is well past 80. And, the first corona virus warnings about older folks being vulnerable were just beginning to surface during that first week of March making Bob very uncomfortable. When he called, he said he wasn’t sure where this thing was going to go, but, in an abundance of caution, he wanted to cancel his show.
My first inclination was to pooh-pooh it, but, I ultimately agreed that we should exercise care and so we cancelled Bob’s group show with his students. That was on Sunday, March 8th. As we all now know, things accelerated quickly and, today, just a couple of weeks later, life as we know it has been altered in ways we may not have considered possible.
How does a little neighborhood gallery survive in this environment?
We don’t know. Yet.
But, we’re going to figure it out.
In the meantime, we’re doing things a little differently.
The City has closed all public buildings (of which the historic Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors is just one) until at least April 15th, so, the physical part of the gallery is closed. But, the digital part of the gallery continues to be engaged. We currently have artwork for sale on our SHOP page at artgallery21.org, and we are prepared to offer our artists the opportunity to list up to three individual works of art for sale in our shop from now until August 31.
We will be promoting the artwork sales on our social media pages at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google, and we are exploring the development of an online gallery exhibit of art with a live Facebook event. Since we don’t know how long the “stay at home” and “social distancing” movements might last, we’re trying to be proactive and create other ways for artists to share their work with our audience.
If you are interested in participating in some way, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put ART FOR SALE in the subject line. We are truly all in this together, so, let’s keep doing art stuff together. #ARTworks bring joy wherever you find them! Art reflects life and right now, everyone can benefit from original art that lifts our spirits, gives us food for thought, and adds beauty to our daily lives.
Thank you for coming along for the ride with us!