Based on the latest government mandate, the Eastern Shore Art Center will be temporarily closing the facility to the public through April 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, the Art Center’s plan is to reopen the galleries on May 1st.
The following exhibits will be held over through the month of May: Breanna Earls “Layers of Sentiment”, Fred Marchman “Mind of Marchman” and ESAC’s Annual Members’ Juried Show. These exhibits can be viewed online in a special virtual gallery, along with work for sale!
The health and well-being of the Eastern Shore Art Center staff, their families, visitors, students, exhibitors and many volunteers who assist on a daily basis is their top priority. In this vein, they will not be hosting First Friday Art Walk on May 1st.
A difficult decision was also made to cancel the entire Spring term, including both classes and workshops for adults and children. Academy Director, Reanna Watson, is currently working with Spring instructors on hosting virtual classes to keep students active with the Art Center. Next week, home-bound students will be able to log in and learn acrylic painting techniques, contour drawing secrets, and more! Watson aims to offer the virtual sessions year-round if students enjoy themselves, “We are hoping that this is a successful venture that will mean a new direction we can take with homeschooled students and more!”
ESAC has decided to shorten 2020 Summer Art Bash Camps to a 4 week session, beginning June 15th through July 13th. Website Registration is now open for both half day and full day camps. With every registration, students will receive a Creative Cargo kit full of art supplies! Summer Adult Classes will begin on July 20th.
“We will continue monitoring the COVID-19 virus pandemic updates and will follow directives of the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, or other national, state, or local governmental agencies,” states ESAC Executive Director Bryant Whelan. “Staff availability will be limited during this time, so please follow us on social media for continued updates.”