GRAFTON— After shutting their doors in March, and being forced to cancel many events and exhibitions, the Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) is ready for Gallery 62 West to spring back to life.
The TCAC recently revealed that Gallery 62 West is set to reopen to the public in July with some new operational rules being set in place for the health and safety of those who enter the space.
With the opening of their space, the TCAC is requiring all those who enter to wear a mask, saying that this requirement is “non-negotiable” and will be strictly enforced.
“If you refuse to wear a mask, you will not be allowed to remain in the building. We care about your health and the health of our volunteers,” TCAC officials stated.
According to the organization, if you wish to browse through the gallery but do not have a mask, a disposable one will be provided for you.
In addition, hand sanitizing stations will be available at each entrance, as well as in the gift shop.
While using the sanitizer isn’t necessarily required, it is strongly encouraged. TCAC members are asking that patrons please consider utilizing the stations or to wear gloves.
“You won’t be required to use the hand sanitizer, but it will save on our cleaning time,” the organization noted.
As a way to further slow the spread of germs, it is being asked that visitors and guests do not touch anything except the hand sanitizers, items they intend to purchase, doorknobs and the sign in book and pen, which will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
Another precaution that will be taken by the Arts Council is the placement of markings on the floor to provide guidelines of the proper amount of space to maintain between others who moving about the gallery.
“We have not installed arrows to direct flow, however, if the floor marking is upside down you are going the wrong way,” members advised. “Swimming upstream in the gallery is discouraged when others are in the gallery trying to view the exhibit.”
At this time, the gallery will also have limitations on the number of individuals that may occupy the space at the same time, only allowing ten people in the building. Those ten will include the TCAC volunteer who is in the gallery at the time.
Lastly, although the TCAC is overjoyed to be able to once again share their love and appreciation for the arts with the community, they are asking guests not to linger.
“We love all of you, but please do not linger. Take all the time you need to view the exhibit, but we can’t ask you to sit a spell during this pandemic. We love you, we miss you and we want to continue to see you through the years,” a TCAC representative expressed.
As always, the TCAC is also looking for new volunteers to assist with greeting visitors.
Anyone who may be interested in being a Gallery Docent should send a message to their Facebook page at, https://www.facebook.com/TCAC.Inc.
This could be the ideal opportunity for upcoming senior students who have an interest in the arts, as it provides an exciting opportunity to work with talented artists while also serving their community.