Tryon Painters and Sculptors Opens With New Show
Yes, we all agree these past few months have been “difficult, challenging, unprecedented” and other labels we have seen in print or heard used by the media. Businesses shuttered, people told to stay home, schools closed, restaurants changing their mode of operation in order to feed their clientele, Tryon Theatre selling popcorn instead of movies, wine and beer delivered on the curb and many other changes made to stay safe.
The streets of our communities lay bare with greatly reduced traffic. The sidewalks had few people browsing the towns. The picture was sad and seemingly hopeless. And a formerly vibrant part of what makes our area attractive to residents and tourists was greatly affected as well. The arts organizations and galleries were shut down. No more art shows free to the public; no more wonderful shows at TFAC; no wonderful sounds of music coming from the Tryon Concert association; no classes at TAC and on and on.
What most of you may not be aware of is that during this time the arts community has come together via Zoom to meet each week. This was the brainchild of Marianne Carruth at TFAC and includes Tryon Arts and Crafts, Lanier Library, Tryon Little Theatre, Tryon Concert Association, Children’s Theatre Festival, Upstairs Artspace and the group I represent, Tryon Painters and Sculptors. We have discussed the challenges each group has during the closure as well as how to reopen when the time comes. The challenges are different depending on what each group offers to the public.
Most recently we had Jake Johnson, State Representative, as our guest. Jake gave us an update on the state of North Carolina’s budget. He is well aware of the impact the arts have on our area and was interested in learning more about how we were handling this time financially. He supports what the arts mean and is interested in telling our story in Raleigh.
Yes, I am leading up to let you know that Tryon Painters and Sculptors will reopen on Saturday, June 13th with a new show, “Show Your Style”, which is open to all TPS member artists and sculptors. The gallery will have a slightly different look with 6 feet tape markings on the floor, face masks and hand sanitizer available when you enter our gallery and employees and board members wearing face masks. Everyone entering the gallery will be required to wear face covering and if the guests don’t have theirs with them, TPS will provide one.
We at TPS look forward to seeing you out and about and visiting our gallery. Life will go on and we are proud and excited to be a part of it. We will make your visit comfortable and safe.
Tryon Painters and Sculptors appreciates the support from Polk County
Community Foundation and our members and patrons.
President, Tryon Painters and Sculptors