MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Art Association Gallery has a new art exhibit, âArt in the Times of COVID,â in the Mountaineer Mall.
The exhibit, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features works by artists within a 60-mile radius of Morgantown. The works include watercolors, oil paintings, jewelry, and woodwork.
On Tuesday afternoon, Lisa Burns, a volunteer, oversaw the exhibit and said she was happy to be back to help as the COVID-19 pandemic has really hampered holding exhibits.
âI am very happy to be back,â said Burns. âIt’s only been a few long months for everyone and to be back here is just great. It’s going to be good to see everyone again, all of our returning members. Our membership at one point was around 160+ members, we’re down a little bit to 130, something like that. But, hopefully, it will pick up. “
Burns said normally in April, the Art Association has what they call “Exhibit 60,” which has a judge and jury to assess art and award cash prizes and ribbons, but it was canceled this year due to the pandemic. She added that in general, there are different shows every month, like their members in October, which also have ribbons and their photo exhibits.
âIt’s been tough, but people are starting to bring in their paintings,â Burns said. âA lot of people don’t know we’re standing and sometimes people come in and a lot of people come in and say ‘wow, we didn’t know that.’ It’s $ 35 a year for people to join the gallery and when they do, they can show their art, they can sell their art here.
The volunteer said he hopes to return to offering art classes, which they call âKappa Tauâ and presented by different members, who have done different crafts, sharing how to create their art form.
According to a press release, anyone entering the gallery will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and adhere to the limited number allowed. He added that all volunteer workers are trained in the proper procedure to ensure the health and safety of all who enter.