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BEHIND THE LAS CURTAIN
Isn't this an odd battle? Covid-19 is a paradox -- if we behave as though it is all around us, it won't be around us at all - maybe.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the stewardship of the Lunenburg Art Society, and we are trying to make the best decisions for LAS in the short and long term. 
A small group of committed volunteers has been monitoring our position constantly. You will read messages from two committee Chairs in this Issue and we are grateful for their continuing commitment.
We hear more news about the pandemic every day, though we don't necessarily know more - or maybe it's just not what we want to hear. We previously advised that we would not re-open before the end of May. Now, based on statistics revealed April 14 by the NS Chief Medical Officer, Dr Strang, we know we'll be closed at least until the end of June, likely much longer.
This has serious implications for our gallery as an enterprise that earns the bulk of its income in the tourist season but has expenses year-round. 
The Board will meet via Zoom on April 22. We'll review all our programs, the low number of members stepping up to lead them, our historic goals and objectives, and what our best options are in the short and long term.
Keep the faith: there will be great art shows in our future!.
Members' comments are welcome. Just hit Reply at the top of this email. It will come to me (Jan Hull). I will pass them on.
When you protect yourself, you protect everyone else.
Stay home and make art.
PAINT LUNENBURG ART FESTIVAL POSTPONED to 2021
An event such as Paint Lunenburg Art Festival (PLAF) doesn't just happen. It takes many people and months of planning. This spring, those people must stay home. With many planners new to the event, and many improvements in the works, it's not just a matter of pulling out the files and waiting for the rain to stop.
Further, the effort may not be rewarded with sufficient numbers of the public nor artists willing to congregate -- if congregating is even permitted by mid-July.
Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, PLAF Chair, sent this to the Board:        
"For the safety of the public because of Covid 19, we have decided to cancel this year’s Paint Lunenburg Art Festival. We will need to restructure so many things in this new world normal, that this year would be too risky to proceed with our energetic plans for a plein air painting event that could expose both the public and our artists to infection. PLAF will return next year with a new and refreshed format and we trust an audience that will feel comfortable and safe at the event. I look forward to continuing to organize the event..."
 LAS MEMBERS' VIRTUAL STUDIO TOUR features GARY SELIG!
"What does an artist-painter do when he's tired of being "quarantined"?... he stares into a mirror and paints himself:..."
"Here is a corner of my basement painting studio/ mat-cutting, framing shop/ supplies and art storage/ art library, etc... you know."
Thanks for participating, Gary!
Any current LAS Member is welcome to participate in our Virtual Studio Tour.
We want to see your studio or work-in-progress, and a selfie (or self-portrait).
Send by April 28 to info@lunenburgartsociety.ca.
EXHIBITIONS GALLERY SHOWS 
So much work has gone into planning guest exhibits for 2020 and 2021...plus all the work the artists must do to prepare their submissions. Plus, we are watching months of essential gallery sales slip away.
Exhibitions Committee Chair, Elise Walmsley-MacWha, recently wrote to guest artists:
"I hope this finds everyone well...even under these difficult circumstances. As you may have heard, the Lunenburg Art Society Gallery is closed until further notice. This means that the artists who have been scheduled to show their work, for at least the first few months of the summer, will have to be accommodated either later in this season (when and if we are able to open) or be rescheduled into next year. .. it will be later in the summer before we know how many months we are cancelling this year and how many openings we'll have for 2021... I'm sure you realize that it is way beyond our control. 
Thank you again for all of your submissions. There's some excellent work that has been submitted!"
STRAPPED FOR CASH?
New government programs offering assistance to employers and employees are being announced every week.
None of them has applied to our situation - yet.
However, we find this non-government offer:
Micro Artist Grants for Groceries, Bad News Days
It offers $75 one-time until their funds run out.
The application is simple. We hope it's helpful. 
FREE LINK TO VIEW ARABELLA MAGAZINE
You may have heard of Arabella Magazine. It features artists and their work in attractive presentations, and is usually expensive.
They have released this link to view their publications at no charge.Enjoy!
Don't forget to take a selfie and join our Virtual Studio Tour!
Next issue of LAS News & Updates April 30.
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