Kamloops Arts Council plans return with new exhibit and COVID-19 safety measures

The Kamloops Arts Council will soon return with a new exhibit at the Old Courthouse.

Eva Soukoreff's Storytellers will be on display in the KAC main gallery starting July 24. An opening reception will be held that Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The gallery at the Old Courthouse, 7 West Seymour St., is operating at reduced hours, open on Fridays at Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Shuswap artist learned to love painting after trips to a parent's hometown of Vienna, Austria, where she "was exposed to art and music with such intensity that it would define her path to become a true renaissance woman," as the KAC put it.

To attend the opening reception, register for a free ticket online at eventbrite.ca.

The KAC says it will be "doing all we can" to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. That experience will include physical distancing and a maximum group size of 13. Sanitizing stations will be provided and the gallery's washrooms are closed.

Among other safety measures currently in place are: a maximum occupancy of 25 people in Old Courthouse's main floor at one time, a maximum of 11 people in the main gallery at one time, a maximum of five people in any other gallery at one time and sanitizer use upon entry.

Interior gallery doors will also be propped open and exhibits are being designed to be touchless.

Additionally, KAC staff members have been directed to self-assess using government guidelines before coming into work.

The arts council has also posted its complete safety plan on its website.


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