Art Guild to host annual juried show Sunday

Published 11:51 am Monday, August 24, 2020

After an initial postponement in light of COVID-19, The Selma Art Guild’s Annual Juried Show will take place this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Selma Art Guild’s Headquarters at 508 Selma Avenue.

Before COVID-19 forced the Art Guild to make other plans, the annual show was scheduled for June.

Though the show is happening a little later in the summer than usual, it is happening. A fact Selma Art Guild Co-president and Publicity Coordinator Jo Taylor is proud of.

Taylor called the annual art show a tradition for not only the Art Guild, but for the community as well.

“It was important to us to maintain some sense of normalcy,” she said.

Taylor added that, like every other business and industry, the arts are suffering due to COVID-19.

“We want people to see that people have been creating things… beautiful works during this time of trauma,” she said.

According to Taylor, Sunday’s show features 59 works from artists both local and across the state of Alabama from cities like Montgomery, Prattville and Birmingham.

“Our numbers [of submissions] are down a little this year because of COVID, but we’re not at all upset,” said Taylor. “We’re thankful to all the participating artists. We don’t want to see the visual arts suffer during this time and we know that they don’t either.”

Sunday’s show will be a bit different than shows from year’s past. Rather than the usual spread of homemade treats provided by the Art Guild to spectators, refreshments will include bottled waters and prepackaged snacks to as a COVID-19 safety precaution.

Spectators at Sunday’s art show will also be required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing and the crowd inside the building will be limited.

For those fearful of getting out in large crowds during these COVID-19 times, Taylor said special accommodations are being made.

Beginning Thursday, Aug 27, the gallery will be open from noon-4 p.m. on Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays until Sep 26.

“We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to see these beautiful works,” said Taylor.