Gilmer Art’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Statement

March 24

Gilmer Arts is closing the gallery and the Playhouse until further notice. On March 24th, the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners issued a declaration of emergency, ordering Gilmer County to shelter in place, part of which includes requiring nonessential employees to stay at home. While the Gallery is not part of the county, we support the county in the desire to keep our residents and employees safe.

Although our physical locations will be closed, keep checking our website as we update with new things. Since you can’t come to the Arts, we will bring the Arts to you. Online we will provide virtual views of our latest exhibits. You can also join our Facebook page for creative things you can do while sheltering in place.  Visit the Gilmer Fine Artist Group. Our artists are continuing to come up with ways to stay in touch and be creative.

Until we open again, please stay safe and healthy!

March 17

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop at a rapid pace, Gilmer Arts is following the advice of the CDC guidelines that have been issued to ensure the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, members and our patrons. As of Sunday, 15 March, the CDC has revised their recommendation to cancel all gatherings from 250+, to 50+ for the next 8 weeks.  The Federal Government has suggested cancelling groupings of 10+.  This will impact several events in the next few weeks at Gilmer Arts and at the George Link Jr, Gilmer Arts Playhouse.  Here is list of events:

Spring Chorus Rehearsals/ Performance – Cancelled.  (Check back for Fall schedule)

Storytelling (3rd Thursday of month) Cancelled for March and April 2020

Acoustic Blends (3rd Friday of month)Cancelled for March and April 2020

Volunteer Brunch (28 March)Cancelled (will be rescheduled for a May date)

Exit Laughing (27 March – 5 April)Postponed.  Opening will be June 26th and will run 3 weeks

Auditions for Arsenic & Old Lace (14-16 April) – Cancelled (play in June will be replaced with Exit Laughing)

BEST Visual Art Opening and Show (17 April-20 May) – Cancelled.  New date TBD

Meet the Author (18 April) – Postponed. New date TBD

Concert, Connor Lorre (25 April) – Cancelled.  New date May 23.

 

The above schedule takes us out for the next 8 weeks.  As the advice from the CDC changes or as new State/Federal mandates come out, so may our future scheduling.  Please check the website and social media sites frequently for any further changes or call the Gallery at 706.635.5605.

 

As you can imagine, these changes are happening at a very fast pace. As soon as we have all the information, you’ll need for each show cancellation or change, we will provide updates and details to ticket holders directly through emails and/or phone calls. We will also continue to post the most up-to-date information on our website and social media pages.  The Gallery will remain open for you to come see the latest art; however the hours will temporarily change.  The new Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12-6PM and Saturday’s 12-5PM.  Please stop by and see the current Youth Exhibit through April.  We rarely have more than 2-3 people in there at a time.  We assure you we are doing are part to sanitize and keep things clean and sanitized for you.  Also, some classes may still be available.  We will update schedules as they change.

For Tickets you have purchased:

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Gilmer Arts relies heavily on donations and ticket sales for events.  It is our hope that for all purchased tickets of a cancelled event or in the event that you are sick and cannot attend an event that you have purchased a ticket for, you will select one of the two options:

  1. Accept a gift certificate for the face value of your ticket(s) which can be used for any future event, performance or class at Gilmer Arts.
  2. Convert the ticket amount to a charitable donation.

We sincerely thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this challenging and unprecedented situation. Gilmer Arts is so grateful for the ongoing support of all our patrons, and we look forward to seeing you back in our venues when this crisis has passed.

March 9

Gilmer Arts and the CORONAVIROUSI’m sure everyone is worried about the spread of germs, whether it be the flu, a cold or even the Coronavirus. We have not had any problems with any virus that has led to any concerns or cancellations. We’re functioning regularly and will make adjustments if the need arises to event schedules. If you have purchased a ticket for an event but are uncomfortable with large gatherings or you are ill, please call the Gallery or the Playhouse and we will happily exchange your ticket for another concert of live theater performance.  While in attendance at an event, we strongly suggest the following guidelines:

  1.    If you have a cough or are feeling ill and/or running a fever, please stay home.
    2.     Please refrain from shaking hands with others at this time
    3.     Please cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue if you cough or sneeze and dispose of that tissue in one of the many trash cans available
    4.     Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    5.     Alcohol-based sanitizers will be available for your use in the lobby of both the Gallery and the PlayhouseWe thank you for your support and let’s do all we can to stay germ free!

Thank you.