After closing its doors to the public to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the Main Street Gallery will next month again allow in-person visitations and receptions with precautions in place.
The Artists of Ketchikan annual invitational reception on July 3 will be the first event hosted in the physical gallery since March.
Katy Posey, the program director at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, spoke with the Daily News on Tuesday about the opening.
Posey said that the invitational happens every summer, and aims to spotlight a list of artists who are registered with KAAHC.
The list of participating artists is different each year.
"In a three-year chunk, we try to invite a third of them (artists) each year," Posey said, adding that there is a large number of artists registered for the invitational, so rotating the list is necessary to include everyone.
The invitational will feature a reduced number of artists this year. These creators include Barb Bigelow, Dale Clark, Mimi Kotlorov, Marilyn Lee, Chip Porter, Dave Rubin, Leif Sivertsen, Peaches Walin, Evon Zerbetz, Emalee Oshima, Jess Bavilla and Jeff Fitzwater.
Usually, an exhibit's reception will be held at 5 p.m. on a Friday night, but the invitational's reception will be extended as a health precaution.
The reception for the event will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 3 at the Main St. Gallery.
"It's an extended opening reception so that we can stagger people through the day and not have the congestion of a normal, typical opening," Posey explained.
The Main St. Gallery will remain open to the public after the July 3 reception.
The operating hours for the gallery will be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Posey said. The reopening also comes with precautions in place to maintain social distancing.
Masks will be required for patrons to enter the gallery, Posey said. The gallery also will not have a public restroom available.
A designated path that covers the gallery floor will provide a course of travel for attendees. The marked path was implemented in order to minimize traffic and congestion while viewing the exhibits.
Posey said that patrons may call the KAAHC to either request a private viewing time or inquire if there are other people in the gallery.