MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Art Association’s annual winter bazaar will continue this year, with some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As always, there will always be paintings, woodcarvings, jewelry, and more. But, PJ Bell, the arts association’s advertising president, said all volunteers have been trained to sanitize the entire exhibit, and social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced. Bell said unlike in previous years, the show will only be open three days a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in November and December, with the exception of Thanksgiving week.
Despite these changes, Bell said, it’s still important for the public to visit the gallery and support local artists.
“I think the fact that they’re local artists makes it something that people will want to support,” Bell said. “And we also encourage people interested in the arts to join us. We have a website morgantownartassociation.com where they can get more information and an app. And you don’t have to be a great artist to join, it’s just an interest and a love of art.
Bell said all parts are on sale and can be purchased for under $ 100. Purchasing these items would really benefit local artists and the arts association. The money will be used to finance workshops organized by the association and to keep costs low for those who wish to participate.
The changes this year are notable, but what hasn’t changed are the types of work and the quality. There are still a wide variety of works showing excellent skill that deserve to be admired, Bell said.
“As for the products that are here, they’re pretty much the same,” Bell said. “It’s just access for the public that has been a bit limited. But I hope that we will win and that we will soon be able to open up to full capacity. “