Retrospective 11 opened in early March at the Hope Arts Gallery. The gallery is re-opening after shutting down during COVID-19 restrictions. (Chris Duchaine/ Black Press)

Hope Arts Gallery open again, as Art Machine remains closed

Arts council has written a safety plan, put up plexiglass at the gallery

After shutting the Hope Arts Gallery doors during COVID-19 restrictions, the gallery has re-opened to visitors again as of June 5.

Visitors will be able to come in and see the current Art Machine student show – Retrospective 2020 – until June 28. After this, there are Backroom shows running throughout July, August and September.

“Unfortunately, we will not be hosting opening receptions as our space does not permit two-metre distancing for large groups,” the Hope and District Arts Council stated. The Art Machine, the neighbouring studio and workshop space, will not be re-opening for the time being Diane Ferguson with the arts council confirmed.

The new hours for the gallery are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The arts council stated that the gallery will be following provincial and WorkSafe BC guidelines and have written a safety plan that includes putting in a plexiglass barrier at the desk area and only allowing one visitor or one ‘bubble’ per room.

“We are happy to be giving visitors a welcome respite from the restrictions of the pandemic, especially the residents of our community,” the arts council stated. “Please come in to enjoy the creations of local artists.”

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