ED Update on Gualala Arts

David Susalla, Executive Director

An update on the state of Gualala Arts

As of July 1, 2021

Gualala Arts & Dolphin Gallery


The following is an update of our current situation as of today, July 1, 2021.

• GREAT NEWS! Gualala Arts Center doors ARE OPEN! We are open for retail sales of art 7 days a week (11am to 4pm). The Global Harmony Sculpture Garden also remains open 7 days a week. Many thanks to the staff, artists and volunteers for creating a safe environment to embrace our challenges and rising to this occasion!

• “Safety First” is the common theme for keeping the Arts Center doors open! The staff at Gualala Arts has created a safe environment to stroll the halls with each room having: fresh Pacific breezes running though open doors, ceiling fans spinning above, air purifiers, sanitizer at entrance, central heat with dedicated furnace, ventilation filters.  Updated as of June 15, masks are required for visitors and volunteers that are Unvaccinated from front gates of property and in the Gualala Arts Center building.  Masks are optional for the fully vaccinated. Gualala Arts is allowing volunteers and visitors to “self attest” that they are fully vaccinated to enter the building and grounds unmasked at this point.  With an abundance of caution, Gualala Arts Staff will be masked while indoors during open hours 11-4pm and optional while outside on the grounds.  We will revisit these masking guidelines weekly.

 • More great news—Mendocino County & CA as of June 15 have been green lighted to reopen! With that said, and out of an abundance of caution, Gualala Arts is taking it slow. The current plan is to have workshops and classes resume in September inside (after Art in the Redwoods), Summer Art Camp for Youth is being pushed to 2022, interest groups and rentals may reserve outside grounds space, receptions with food & drink will be held outside, concerts in July will be held outside, Art in the Redwoods will be held in person but with limited food & drink offerings, limited advanced admission tickets, fundraiser dinner will be to-go again this year and the clay studio is reopening by appointment only—no drop-ins.  We are very excited to be planning events again and welcoming back our volunteers, interest groups and expanding our programming. 

• We are very excited to have multiple exhibits in our galleries opening on July 3.  “The Thought Behind the Shot: Four Photographers; Four Walls”, featuring Scott Chieffo, Paul Kozal, Bill Oxford and Scott Sewell are exhibiting in the Burnett Gallery.  In the Jacob Foyer is painter Gerald Huth with his exhibit titled, “ Shelter in Place-Reflections of 2020.  Gracing the Coleman Hall Gallery is a diverse, multi discipline exhibit by Michael Connor, Mirka Knaster and Paula Haymond titled, Pursuing Lines, Curves Abstract Languages.”  The Arts Center is filled with creativity and hundreds of works of new art.  These artists have been very busy creating offering to please just about every pallet.  Our very first artist reception with food & drink offerings is held on Saturday July 3, 11-7 pm with live music by Chris Doering and Tim Mueller from 4-6 pm.  We hope you can join us for this celebration of art, music, creativity and love through sharing our passion of the arts.  First opportunity to see and purchase art is at our “members only” sneak preview Friday July 2, 11-4pm.  Please consider supporting the arts by joining our family and becoming a member of Gualala Arts. 

• We are also happy to give virtual tours to anyone interested via Zoom, FaceTme, Facebook video chat or Instagram Live. Please call 707-884-1138 or email sus@gualalaarts.org to set up a time. We are also happy to arrange an appointment to view exhibit at the Dolphin or Gualala Arts Center for a private tour before or after hours.  We are exploring options to have the galleries open just for and your family pod; please call or email Sus if this interests you.

• Live music is coming to YOUR Gualala Arts Center in July!  We are thrilled to welcome back live performance art this month!  

Katalystic & Global Harmony Series Present: International Reggae Superstar Pato Banton & The Now Generation Featuring Antoinette RootsDawtah, come to Gualala Arts for a Free Outdoor Concert for the CommUNITY, Sunday, July 18. Gates open at 4 pm at Gualala Arts Center. Tickets must be picked up in person in advance at either the Gualala Arts Center office or at the Dolphin Gallery. Limit of two (2) tickets per person. Food and drinks will be available for purchase to benefit Gualala Arts. Come Dance and EnJOY Life!

Chamber Music returns to Gualala Arts on Sunday, July 25, 2021. This will be a special, one-hour, outdoor performance by Roy Bogas and Friends. With this chamber music event, Bogas will pass the baton over to another long-time favorite musician, Peter Wyrick. Following the concert, there will be a reception to honor Roy’s 16 years of artistry as part of this summer festival. The concert, which begins at 2 pm, is set for Gualala Arts’ JAMI Amphitheater, a beautiful outdoor setting adjacent to the Arts Center.

• “60th Annual Art in the Redwoods” exhibit in August IS happening this year!  As usual, this is a call to our member artists and will be happening in person with a limited number of artists’ vender booths and inside at the Gualala Arts Center and Online! in our new digital Gallery. Thanks to our generous sponsors, over $5,000 in prize monies in 15 different categories will be awarded at Art in the Redwoods this year.  We also have a fantastic lineup of live entertainment, the “Boxed Hat “dinner fundraiser menu is planned with Chef Rebecca Stewart, and we are honoring Sandy Ostrau as our featured artist this year.  Sandy has generously donated a 30″ x 30″ oil painting that will go to one lucky Boxed Hat Diner attendees.  Our wonderful PPQG has created a wonderful Quilt to be raffled off for our youth art scholarship. Invitations will hit the mail soon with lots opportunities to sponsor by purchasing a boxed Hat Dinner or levels from Friends up to the Grand Sponsor.  Dates for this years fine art exhibit is August 19 through Sept 5.  Look to our website and weekly eSketches for the most up to date information.

• THANK YOU! We made it through our first half of 2021… BUT it is going to be a challenging rest of the year!  We are calling on you—our faithful membership and art patrons!  We will have our traditional fundraising campaigns: “60th annual Art in the Redwoods” and our year end letter campaign, “Bridging the Gap.” It is your generosity that has kept the arts alive and thriving for 60 years.

• YOU make a difference and are playing a key role in continuing the legacy of Gualala Arts. Thank you! Thank you! Thank YOU!!!

These are uncertain times 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 our revenue stream loss, 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.

WE make a difference with our choices.

David Sus Susalla

Executive Director

Gualala Arts

Promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961