The following is an update of our current situation as of today, March 22, 2020. We have closed our doors to the public until April 7 (at the very earliest and perhaps into the summer) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as mandated by our county and state. We have cancelled dozens of our events, workshops, fundraisers & exhibits through the April, May & beyond.
Some of the things that we are doing currently to further our mission to promote the arts include:
- Hosting some of our workshops as Webinars, exploring virtual exhibits and other tech savvy experiences so that folks can continue to develop their skillsets and explore new media from the safety of home.
- Posting our current Arts in the School exhibit to our social media sites in a virtual gallery setting so the families and young artists can experience their work. Our goal is to have every young artist entry online (over 500 works!) by the end of March.
- Proposing a new exhibit entitled Shelter from the Storm: Art in the Time of Covid-19. We encourage artists & non-artists alike to create art while sheltering in their homes. We are looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on to keep themselves busy while sheltering in their homes.
- We are in final phases of our yearlong maintenance projects to maintain & preserve our building. We have engaged Trent Kreck to power wash, seal & stain the exterior of Gualala Arts. This is one of the last phases of exterior maintenance. Two phases, which were recently completed included termite & beetle removal and the installation of a new roof. All of these projects are expected to protect our building for many years to come.
- As most of you know, we have lost our location at the Sundstrom Mall. Thankfully, we have located a prime location in Uptown Gualala which should prove be very successful for the Gualala Arts Gallery & Dolphin Gift Shop. Of course, this will require funds for the relocation, signage and store set-up.
- As always, our Sketches newsletter is available online, but we will not be mailing Sketches in April and possibly May and into the future as warranted to save resources.
These are uncertain time for all of us to say the least. The board and finance committees are making prudent decisions with our Gualala Arts assets. If you find that you are in a position to help with the loss of our revenue stream, it would be greatly appreciated. We are looking to continue our mission – to promote public interest & participation in the arts since 1961 – well into the future.
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Dear Gualala Arts Supporter,
2020 is a busy year at Gualala Arts. We continue to live out our mission by expanding the variety of offerings to our community and completing a full calendar of over 100 successful events. We persist in carefully stewarding your donations to ensure the long-term viability of the Arts Center operations, building and grounds.
The Redwood Grove & Grenwelge Kitchen is complete thanks to our members’ support in donations, goods and labor. The Grenwelge Kitchen is up and running with hot and cold running water, a sewer line, on-demand hot water, cement counter tops, and storage cabinets installed. The kitchen was a huge hit with the summer activities and weddings.
Thanks to your continued generosity, together we have built a solid foundation from which Gualala Arts can continue to look to the future and design its long-term contribution to our community. We envision it being recognized as a destination for the arts and a jewel of our Redwood Coast. To get there we will strive for both inclusivity and excellence – the continuing tradition of turning members’ dreams into reality, and continuing efforts to attract and encourage the highest possible levels of excellence in both visual and performing arts.
YOUR Arts Center is over 20 years old and we need to focus on some much needed repairs: replacement of flooring in the conference room gallery a remake of the bathrooms to ADA compliance and for water efficiency; and termite treatment all have happened. The roof replacement is now complete!
As a Gualala Arts key stakeholder, we rely on you to continue to bridge the gap between program revenue and overall operating and maintenance costs. With your strong support as valued Arts Angels, we also can build an inspiring future for Gualala Arts that will maintain its relevance in our community and strengthen its reputation and capabilities.
Because of our outstanding volunteer involvement in Gualala Arts, and careful financial management, your donations go a long way.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers and Artists, we look forward to seeing and greeting all of our members at the many GArts events.
With heartfelt gratitude, we thank you for putting us on your list!
Barry Weiss, President
David “Sus” Susalla, Executive Director
Please remember the “Gualala Arts Endowment Program” in your estate planning. (TIN 94-6121872)
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