It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the way the world runs. Since "business as usual" is no longer an option for the time being, arts organizations—including Winchester Galleries—have gotten creative with how they execute events and engage the community. Fortunately for art lovers, with careful and methodical planning, some of the events that are so integral to the vitality of the art world have been able to safely take place.
Winchester Galleries has successfully hosted several virtual and in-person events over the past several months. Last month, the gallery hosted local artist Lesley Finlayson to speak about her works which were on display here in September. While we do have to limit the number of attendees of each event for safety reasons, we also stream these events on our social media accounts to make them accessible to a broader audience. The aim of these events has been to make the bleak days of the pandemic more palatable and to boost community engagement with the local arts community. Our next event will be an artist talk with Robert Burke, whose artwork is currently on display at the gallery. The event will take place on Saturday, October 24th at 3:00 pm and will also be live-streamed on our Instagram story. You can RSVP to the event if you would like to attend in person or tune in to our Instagram live stream (@wgalleries).
We hope that these events offer an escape from the sometimes overwhelming stress of the pandemic as well as a way to appreciate the beauty that arts have to offer.
Even in the darkest of times, the arts can find a way to bring us joy and lift our spirits.