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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A VIRUS MAKES!
At the February 23 AGM, we were excited to present our upcoming season. Now, just 22 days later, COVID-19 has arrived in Nova Scotia. We have closed the Gallery until April 30, and will review that decision in mid-April.
We can't overstate how sad we are about this. Volunteers worked for a year to plan the 2020 season, others prepared the gallery with fresh layout and fresh paint and fresh ideas, and we have beautiful brochures promoting the shows and exhibitions. And member artists have been making art all winter long.
However, the best we can do for our members and visitors is to prevent the virus from harming us and our communities with "social distancing" and "self isolation." So we're staying home.
Is there a silver lining? Perhaps. If you're an artist/maker, you may now have some extra time for creativity. This "brave new world" won't last forever. When it's over, we will celebrate with pent-up art!
Meanwhile: we'll be using this News&Updates to keep you in the know. We'll be on Facebook and Instagram. Our Website has info about all our programs.Stay tuned, and stay safe. Wash your hands.
ANNUAL SCHOOLS ART SHOW, "MIND'S EYE"
The 2020 Schools Art Show, "Mind's Eye", opened March 5 with brief formalities. Paige Ferguson, Coordinator of school programs for the South Shore Regional Centre for Education, praised the show, and closed with these words:
"Thanks to everyone, for supporting such a wonderful display of the gifts, talents and efforts of our students. To all of the students and teachers who are here to share their work, we are very proud of you. To the Lunenburg Art Society, we are so appreciative of your dedication to this show and to working with schools to promote such a valuable experience for students."
Jan Hull, on behalf of committee chair Elise Walmsley-McWha who was unable to attend, thanked the show's sponsors, Margaret Busche, who was unable to attend, and the Lunenburg Foundation of the Arts, represented by LFA Board member Rick Silas, also an LAS member.
Hot buttered popcorn was the delicacy for the evening!
Why is this photo out of focus?
OUR FIRST ALL-MEMBERS SHOW OF 2020 IS 
CANCELLED
While we wait for the world to get right again, look at this --
 
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR MEMBERS SHOWS
  1. Go to the Members Info page on our website
  2. Click on the red button at the top of the page  
  3. Fill it out
  4. Click on Register - that's it!
Try it, just for fun. "Petunia Moneybags" tried it and was successful. There's no April show, so just make it up - have fun! If you think you did it wrong, do it again; now's your chance to practice. There's a space for your comments. Let us know what you think of it. 
This new online Registration is the foundation of our new, seamless registration - inventory - wall tags - sales system. No more fussy receipts at the desk when processing a sale! More about that later.
Members who aren't on the internet will still be able to phone in their info, and our Administrator will input it for them, but the more who do it themselves, the better (and more accurate) it will be. 
C'mon, let's see how many virtual registrations we can get! 
INTRODUCING -- SMALL STUFF!
The former GIFTED section at the Lunenburg Art Gallery has morphed into SMALL STUFF.  The SMALL STUFF Committee recognizes the effort that went into making Gifted a successful enterprise.
 There are many talented, creative people in our area who are producing work that is hard to display on a wall. 
This will help those artists to have a venue.
 Fiber, mini paintings, glass, woodworking, stone, cut paper, cut leaf, and pottery are all represented.  It will be an exciting season!

Many thanks to the Committee, Marilyn Congdon, Wendy Muise, and Susan Hudson, who leaped into action to fill the Small Stuff shelves with must-have small art for 2020. The opening is delayed along with everything else in the gallery, but you'll love it when you see it!
MEMBERS: LAST CALL!
Got some down-time? Why not challenge yourself to prepare for an Exhibition in 2021? Did you apply before but weren't selected? Submit again! The Exhibitions Committee invites and encourages LAS Members' submissions.
Deadline March 31. See below. Forms on our website.
LEADERS STILL NEEDED
The gallery is closed temporarily, but many tasks need planning behind the scenes.
Now's the time to take on a task for LAS, without the urgency of imminent events, and no in-person meetings for the foreseeable.  Can you help? Just hit Reply and let's discuss it.
  1. Gallery Attendants: maintain the roster of volunteers
  2. Publicity - providing support to all our programs and shows
  3. ArtCaravan - organizing one or two pop-up art shows in rural communities
  4. Board of Directors - managing operations; someone with community connections
Galleries, museums, the Met Opera, libraries, movies -- the arts are online for comfort and entertainment in trying times. Our neighbours at LAMP in Lunenburg will live-stream some performances. The arts rule!
Next issue of LAS News & Updates at the end of March.
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