The Covid 19 crisis has presented us all with a challenge unprecedented in our lifetime. Our thoughts are with you all at this time, and we hope that you all take care and stay safe. Early in the crisis we took the difficult, but necessary decision to close our ArtSea Gallery. We miss our enthusiastic volunteers and the artists presenting their shows, and know that this decision has disappointed the many visitors that are drawn to the Gallery.
The ArtSea Board of Directors is conducting ad hoc meetings as we are able to and dealing with issues as needed. The Board is still functioning and planning to hold its regular full Board meetings as circumstances permit.
We support the decision of The Sidney Fine Art Show Committee to cancel the 2020 Sidney Fine Art Show. The Spring and Fall Studio Tours have also been cancelled. This is a disappointment for artists and for the many visitors who take the opportunity to visit working studios.
The arts community has many challenges ahead. I would like to assure you that ArtSea will continue to support the arts community on the Saanich Peninsula, including our Member Groups and individual members, the best we can under the circumstances. We are currently exploring various ways to stay in touch with you during this challenging time. We thank all of you for your support, and look forward to building on the strength of our arts community and continuing to work with you all in exploring new creative paths as we navigate this crisis.
I would also like to add my personal thanks for the extraordinary work of the ArtSea Board of Directors during this crisis. In the words of our Prime Minister, “We will get through this.”
Diane Thorp, President, ArtSea Community Arts Council