The following is an update of our current situation as of today, March 3, 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 Gardens also remain 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, masks required from front gates of property, one person allowed in restroom at a time, requested 6 feet apart outside and 12 feet inside, We have literally been up all night thinking of ways to go above and beyond any requirements for the safety of our volunteers, staff and visitors. In December we decided to only have one family pod per room at a time for extra caution and we have continued this request into the new year.
- Barry Weiss passed the Gualala Arts presidential torch to Eric Wilder on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The Annual Members meeting was a success, and we welcome our incoming board members and thank the retiring directors for their service! Barry successfully stewarded Gualala Arts for 3 years as President and was an inspiration in leadership in his last year through this pandemic. Eric was one of the first Gualala Arts Youth Artists scholarships, and we look forward to him coming full circle and at the helm of Gualala Arts as we reinvent the next chapter of Gualala Arts history to serve our coast.
- We also welcomed our new volunteers of the year, heartbeats and created a new category: “Volunteer of the Decade,” at the annual members meeting. Along with Barry Weiss’ leadership, Joan Wood stepped up to the challenge of creating an Online! platform for our visual artists so we would not miss our 59th annual Art in the Redwoods. These two volunteers certainly earned the title of Volunteer of the Year and join a short list of volunteers of the year that will hang in perpetuity in the Gualala Arts Hall of Fame. From 2010 to 2020 he worked more events, set up more chairs, handed out more programs, helped serve more meals, took more tickets and attended more openings than another other volunteer to date! In doing so PD is an example of a true renaissance man in his appreciation of all art forms and is very deserving of this new category of “Volunteer of the Decade.” Every volunteer hour matters, and we are so grateful for our 300 plus volunteers that make up our Gualala Arts Family. For a full list of honorees this year, please see the plaque hanging on the wall in our volunteer Hall of Fame at Gualala Arts Center or at GualalaArts.org.
- 2021 exhibits are scheduled for 1-2-month periods at the Dolphin, Burnett, Jacob Foyer and Coleman Hall Galleries. Openings will alternate months & days so that every month there will be an opening day the First and Second Saturday of the month from 11 am to 7 pm. We managed to figure out a safe way to host large group exhibits in person AND Online! New this year: “GARTS Members Only Preview” of the gallery exhibits on the Friday 11 am to 4 pm before the public opening on Saturday.
- The deadline for 2022 exhibit proposals is April 1 and fast approaching! Details on how to propose an exhibit idea, artist or group exhibits for the Dolphin and Gualala Arts Center Galleries can be found on our website under the “call to artist” section and “how to propose an exhibit” link. The Exhibit Committee welcomes new concepts and proposals. You do not have to be an artist to propose an idea. Proposals must be received by April 1st and applicants will be notified by April 30 for exhibits in the following calendar year. Call the Arts Center at 707-884-1138 if you have questions about the proposal process.
- “Shelter from the Storm” exhibit was well received. We exhibited over 150 pieces of art by over 70 artists. Artists ranging in age from 2 to 82 years old displayed a wide variety of art. We had many local and traveling tourists view the art, and sales were higher than expected. Thank you to all who participated! Plans for our next 2 group exhibits for 2021 “Gualala Salon & Refuse” and “Art in the Redwoods” are in the works and online applications for the Salon are now being accepted.
- “Animalia Musicale: A Chorus of Critters” and “Random & Reason” March exhibits are opening Saturday, March 6. Gualala Arts members are invited to see the exhibit a day early on Friday March 5. Galleries are open everyday 11 am to 4 pm. We are also happy to give virtual tours to anyone interested via Zoom, Facetime, Facebook video chat or Instagram Live. Please call 707-884-1138 or email email@example.com 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.
- THANK YOU! We made it through 2020! Our annual fundraising letter and year-end campaign was a success! Please continue to remember us with your contributions; it is going to be a challenging 2021!
- More good news! We have applied early and received our PPP2 (Payroll Protection Program) funding that will help us get through the first couple of months of 2021. We have also received confirmation that our first round of PPP loan will turn into a grant. Thanks to Westamerica Bank & the Small Business Association for facilitating this much-needed revenue to keep our staff employed!
- 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.
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With your strong support we can build an inspiring future for Gualala Arts that will maintain its relevance in our community and strengthen its reputation and capabilities. (Full letter below donation options)
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Dear Gualala Arts Supporter,
2021 will be a busy year at Gualala Arts. We continue to live out our mission by carefully expanding the variety of offerings to our community and completing a full calendar of 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 continue 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
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