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General News · 11th April 2020
Janet Turpin
To Our Art Loving Cortes Community,

Given the current pandemic, with its precautions and unpredictabiltiy, The Gallery Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Gallery Season -- at least as we have known it. We wish to pause and to take the global shake-up as a cue to let go of the present format that has grown out of the Gallery's past exhibition seasons.
And to ask:
"What is wanting to emerge, now; in the third decade of the 21st Century?"
The Gallery's third decade, too, as it turns out.

During the past winter, curiously, the Board undertook the creative process of reviewing and re-defining the Gallery's purpose and mandate. The clearest priority became broader engagement with the Island community. And re-dedication to being a flagship for the Arts on Cortes. The Old SchoolHouse Gallery began after all, in 1998, as an artist-run collective.

At this time we also re-committed to an annual Member's Show, which was missing in the 2019 Season. Interestingly, long before the current pandemic appeared, the title that came forward for this Member's Show was "What Matters Most".

So, bearing in mind the global and local uncertainty hovering over us all, the just-hatched plan for the next season of the Old SchoolHouse Art Gallery is to mount one show, of member-artists' works, over an extended period, with various Art-based activities/presentations woven throughout. We don't know, in this moment, if that will be this summer, or fall, or next year. But we hope that you will turn your creative thoughts to What Matters Most and look forward to presenting our work together as soon as we can gather again.

In the meantime, we are looking at additional alternative ways of helping keep ART alive and well on Cortes this summer. Stay tuned.

Your Old SchoolHouse Art Gallery Board,
Janet Turpin, Kristen Scholfield-Sweet, Lynne Barker, Carina Verhoeve, Meinsje Vlaming, Oriane Lee Johnston