GRAFTON— Although traditional art shows and gallery exhibits are unable to be held at this time due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, it doesn’t mean that arts can’t be viewed and celebrated in some form.
Members of the Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC), have always made it their mission to incorporate the arts into the everyday living of Taylor County residents, and even beyond, often offering opportunities for artist of all ages and from various backgrounds to put their heart’s work on display at Gallery 62 West.
With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to rain down on the nation, the TCAC has recently announced that Gallery 62 West will remain closed throughout the month of May.
“It is with sadness that we have to let you know that the Gallery will remain closed at least to the end of May,” revealed member Vicki Aucremanne.
The gallery closed its doors mid-March in obeyance of the Stay at Home and Social Distancing orders set in place by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice as a response to the Coronavirus, uprooting plans for several of the TCAC’s planned exhibits, including one of the largest and most anticipated of the year; the annual Memorial Day Juried Art Show.
“We just hate to have to make these decisions, but with the Spirit of Grafton canceled, and even with certain sectors of the state opening up, the planning committee felt it would be best to remain closed this month, meaning the cancellation of our annual Memorial Day Art Show,” Aucremanne shared.
The Memorial Day Art Show, would be celebrating its 24th year this May, and has proven to be a beloved event within the community and beyond, attracting locals, as well as those from surrounding areas to submit their pieces of art for all to enjoy, as the town simultaneously celebrated Memorial Day.
With the cancellation of not only the Memorial Day show, but several others that were slated to take place before the COVID outbreak, members of the TCAC came together with an idea to once again put the arts on the forefront of our minds, with the announcement of an online show.
“We are working on getting a totally online show up and running,” Aucremanne exclaimed.
She said that this is where the public comes in and participate is essential.
“Since we could not have our Members and Friends show in April, and now our Memorial Day Show has been canceled, we are planning to host an online show,” she added.
Aucremanne explained that the idea behind the show was to not only provide the community with beautiful masterpieces to enjoy, but to also afford the artists with the opportunity to showcase all of the hard work they put into their pieces for shows that have since been canceled.
“Since we know many of you have works that you planned to exhibit in one or both of these shows, we thought it would be fun to do the show virtually,” she noted.
She disclosed that while this show is just for fun, and no prizes will be awarded, it is still a great opportunity for artists to get their name out and have individuals viewing their works.
Additionally, as a little grace during this uncertain time, there is no entry fee in place for the virtual showcase, and the online exhibit will be open all interested individuals, including both new and seasoned artists, as well as children.
As the show is still in its early stages of planning, the TCAC wants those interested to be prepared and start photographing artworks for submission.
“We will have more information coming out very soon on this, meanwhile get some pictures taken of your art,” urged Aucremanne.
All entries must be the original work of the artist making the submission, and may include paintings, sketches, sculptures, pottery, photography, textiles, et cetera.
According to TCAC members, works of art that one is wishing to submit for the virtual show will be able to be sold through the exhibit with the gallery’s usual 30 percent consignment fee. Those wishing to sell are asked to price their pieces with this in mind.
Once submissions have been photographed, they can be emailed to [email protected]
“We will then get more information to you, along with copies of our entry forms and information forms if you are wanting to sell your works, via our online show,” Aucremanne disclosed.
Be sure to follow the TCAC and Gallery 62 West on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TCAC.Inc, to stay up-to-date on the show, as well as information regarding their reopening.
“We will let you know as further details as they unfold about reopening our doors, as we follow the governors guidelines in the days ahead,” Aucremanne imparted.
For additional information on Gallery 62 West and the TCAC visit https://www.gallery62w.com, or leave a phone message by calling 304-265-5500.