The creative culture shines brightly in Washington!

Saturday, May 02, 2020 9:45 PM | Debbi Lester (Administrator)

Spirits are lifted witnessing creatives helping to make beautiful new ways of being during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Hats off to Lauren Gallow and Gabriel Stomberg for hosting “By the Hour” a virtual live First Thursday broadcast featuring art, gallery tours, and interviews with curators, gallery owners, and artists. Check it out at

Who knew that Patricia Rovzar had graffiti skills?! She brightened her shuttered gallery with her “Art Matters” message. How would we be getting by during the stay home order without art, books, music, and movies? A big shout out to Alliance for Pioneer Square, business owners, and the artists that partnered to create the Storefront Mural Project. These uplifting images bring joy, beauty, and hope.

BONFIRE Gallery is now a production site for face masks by artist Jack Taylor.

Artist Trust ( and Whidbey Island Arts Council ( have in-depth COVID-19 resource pages.

Many Seattle art dealers created a “How to Re-Open Galleries” type letter which you can find at They are asking you to share it with Governor Inslee. If art venues are allowed to re-open, please call before visiting to confirm hours and safety protocols.

Cascadia Art Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (#BIMAfromHome), Frye Art Museum (#FryeFromHome), Schack Art Center, Winslow Art Center, and many galleries have re-tooled to provide virtual exhibits, artist talks, and/or classes using online programs (Zoom, Facebook, etc). 

Before the stay order ends, consider using this time to re-tool, improve, and/or learn new internet programs and build a website. All premium online profiles for artists, galleries, and museums on are now free. 

Finally, Korum Bischoff from Bainbridge Island Museum of Art made me cry when he said, “We just want you (Art Access) to 

stick around!…We’re committed to this arts

community.” Dear reader and magazine participants, your support makes Art Access and art communities thrive. Thank you!

Be safe. Be well. Be kind. Be creative!

Debbi Lester

Art Access Publisher

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