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In the June we thought we'd have, guest exhibitors Rudy Kehkla, sculptor, and Rebecca Fisk, painter, would have brought their artworks to the gallery to display with our members.
In the June we will have, the gallery will remain closed. However, Rebecca and Rudy are both LAS

Members, so we invited them to bring samples of their work to display in the gallery windows for the month. Prices and contact info for sales are visible in the gallery windows.
Thanks to Jennifer Harrison for delivering all the Schools Show artworks to the respective teachers, and for curating this window display.
The Board of Directors has invited committee leaders to help navigate 2020's uncharted waters. ZOOM makes meetings possible.
Top, l-r: Les French, Secretary; Jan Hull, President;
Jennifer Harrison, director; Joanne Young, director
Middle l-r: Damara Garland, Earl Bailly Curator; Jeff Gibson, director;
Kathy Fidyk, Treasurer; Marilyn Congdon, gallery;
Bottom, l-r: Wendy Muise, gallery; Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, PLAF;
Heather Drysdale, Exhibitions
As reported in previous News & Updates issues, the LAS Board has been grappling with the viability of continuing to operate the gallery, faced with a dearth of volunteers for most key tasks. Some of you indicated you want the gallery to continue, but the key question - who will run it - was not answered in the emails we received. Those who previously gave countless hours to gallery planning and operation in 2019 are unable and/or unwilling to continue doing that work in 2020 or 2021 with so little support.

Things were not looking good for the future of the gallery.

But a handful of Directors and committee leaders have asked for a few months to try to figure out why members have not offered to operate the gallery, and to explore what changes might bring in the support necessary to make it operational in the future. They aim to have their plan formed by August 31, and will submit monthly progress reports to the Board in the interim.
To study what works and what doesn't, they propose a limited opening this summer.

Here is their message to the LAS membership:
"On May 27th  a core group of enthusiastic people met via Zoom to discuss a way to keep our vibrant and successful Lunenburg Art Gallery operational during this trying time of Covid 19.  Past volunteers have dedicated enormous effort to bring the gallery to its present enviable state and we believe there are enough artists and art appreciators out there who would hate to see the demise of such a vital operation.  We feel we owe it to those who have gone before us to pick up the torch and forge ahead. 
"That being said, our tentative plan is to mount a members-only show for July and August.  Members work will fill the entire gallery. We would open the gallery to the public following all the Covid 19 protocols for four days a week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 each day.  For this we would need volunteers to man the gallery during those times.

"So this is our plea to you all.  The future of our gallery is on the line.  If you wish to maintain a venue for showing your work in a premier gallery space in Lunenburg in the future, now is the time to come forward and offer your working support."

You can do so by contacting either:
Marilyn Congdon at     902-521-1414, Or
Jeff Gibson at  902-990-0277
"Over the past few years I have made many many papier mache fish. I sold them at "The Black Duck". Marilyn Congdon was a great salesperson and I enjoyed delivering her these fish. Of course all this was while I was still working. The Black Duck closed, I retired, and time passed.

"Recently, I have started up making the fish again. It all starts with a balloon, some newspaper and a bowl of paste. It is great fun - very relaxing! For now I am just "building them". I have no plans beyond building a few and then seeing where they might want to go. Stay safe."

"Since March, I have thought about painting, drawing, and taking a class in water colour painting...but have sketched only tiny wild flowers.
Last week this pastel painting, yellow water lily, called to me.
I think I might have broken through the barrier;  acrylics, here I come!"

Aren't these virtual studio tours fun?
We have two more ready for you to 'visit' next issue.
Why don't you show us what you're creating, and where you work?
Send to
Covid-19 rules are being relaxed, businesses are re-opening,
people are moving about, though perhaps not exactly as before.
If you keep yourself safe, you will protect me too. Thank you.
Next issue of LAS News & Updates June 16.
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