For Rome’s art community, an event this week might provide a sense of normalcy after months of pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions.
The Rome Art Association is hosting its 61st Annual Membership Exhibit in a recently renovated space at 250 W. Dominick St.
The reception — which is free and open to the public — is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, said RAA president Adam Chrisman.
This year, 75 pieces of artwork will be on display in a recently renovated space. Chrisman said there was a bit of extra legwork in finding a place available that was shut down for coronavirus restrictions or due to construction.
This is the RAA’s first foray into an open, in-person event in quite some time, Chrisman said.
At a July social hour hosted online remotely by the association, about one dozen people participated, Chrisman said.
In order to hold this event, plans needed to be changed up in order to adhere to the new way of life.
For starters, masks and social distancing are required and there will be a single point of entry and exit in order to flow visitors through the space in one direction.
There will only be about 20 people allowed in the gallery for viewing at a time, but there are outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy company.
Also, there will be live music and Coppercino’s coffee house next door has agreed to stay open for refreshments, Chrisman said.
Chrisman indicated that the extra planning for a public event during a pandemic was a bit of extra legwork, but is happy to be able to pull it off.
“It’s not a bad thing. It’s just different,” Chrisman said of the task of slightly re-imagining the event to fit a pandemic world.
“The RAA is a non-profit organization founded in 1958, as a place for artists of all skills
and mediums,” according to information.