KAA Gallery Update
The KAA Board recently made the decision to reopen Gallery beginning on July 23rd with the currently hung show, “Splash of Color.”
As this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to be an health crisis and new local, state and federal guidelines continue to issue, it has become apparent that the Kittery Art Association must do its part to help flatten the curve, and therefore the KAA Gallery at 8 Coleman Avenue will be open effective July 23rd with safety measures in place. All volunteers and visitors are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing. We will allow no more than four visitors at a time. Tables and chairs will be made available on the deck for any visitors that wish to wait. Visitors will be allowed to make an appointment to secure a time that they can visit the gallery. These appointments will be made by emailing info[@]kitteryartassociation.org . Hand sanitizer will be made available and volunteers will wipe down the counter etc after each visitor.
Visit our Exhibit Schedule to see the dates for upcoming shows!
As you may or may not know, the KAA Board recently made the sad but necessary decision to postpone the Opening Reception for the current show, “Splash of Color.”
As this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread and new local, state and federal guidelines continue to issue, it has become apparent that the Kittery Art Association must do its part to help flatten the curve, and therefore the KAA Gallery at 8 Coleman Avenue will be closed until further notice. All events scheduled to take place at the gallery are likewise cancelled, including Fourth Fridays and the Caroline Cotter and Leaf Seligman concerts, with the hope that many can be rescheduled in better times ahead.
There are still decisions to be made as this situation evolves. For instance — how long will we keep this show up? What will we do about the the next couple of shows? Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for future updates!
We also recognize that our little gallery which, during normal operations, has a few people at a time drifting in and out and not touching anything, might be one of the safer places for people to be indoors, but we understand, too, that few of us have been tested for this virus, and that many of us either are ourselves or have close contact with people who are at higher risk, including many of our committed gallery sitters.
But we still have beautiful art on the walls, and want you all to see and share this show, with 60 participating members and over 150 pieces. Board Member Kate Zamarchi created a wonderful slideshow of the works displayed on the first floor as well as and second floor of the gallery, which is also posted on our Facebook page.
Our Office Administrator, Laurie Bilby, will continue to be in the gallery intermittently. If you wish to see the show in person, or wish to purchase over the phone something you saw in the slide show, email Laurie at info[at]kitteryartassociation.org to arrange your visit or transaction. Other times may be available by appointment, and of course everyone will agree to appropriate healthy spacing and hygiene.
As with all other organizations and families, this suspension of activities will be an financial burden to us and to our artist members and scholarship recipients, so please stay engaged, consider an extra gift to the gallery this year if you can, and renew your 2020 pledge if you haven’t yet!
Mostly, we already know that we miss seeing each other and our normal rhythms and routines as we try to keep each other and ourselves safe and well. Consider using any newly minted free time for creativity, rest and new ways of staying connected. See you on Facebook!