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wp-1589895016511.jpgOver the past few weeks, especially this last one, people seem to be anxious to re-open, to go back to work, to return to the way we did things before we were all hit by the pandemic. It is essential that local economies begin to open, to save our community and our livelihoods. It is crucial that it be done safely…with empathy and understanding for those who are concerned about their physical health as well as those concerned about their economic health. Many people have said that the economic part of this isn’t as important to consider or that it is greed that causes us to want to open but if you are one of us who have no income without your business then you have no idea. It is not greed….it is survival! Be understanding.  As we begin to get back to our normal daily lives let us be compassionate. Take it slow. Do what feels right for you!  Apply what you have learned from reliable sources. Try not to be judgmental toward those who must work in order to survive. If you are lucky enough not to have experienced a financial downturn during this time, help those who have…not the big box stores but rather the small locally owned shops….the ones who have helped you each time you have asked for donations to your causes and your kid’s causes over the years. These shop owners are the ones who have suffered both financially and by the judgement of those who continually berate them for wanting to get back to work. Understand that many of us have no choice. We are at the point of losing everything. Just because our businesses were shut down our bills still had to be paid, our mortgages came due, none of the expenses came to a stop…just our income.  Try to keep that in mind. We know these are most unusual times. But if you feel comfortable venturing out, The Studio is resuming our schedule with regular weekly art classes on Wednesday and Thursday for adults and a variety of Paint Parties with limited number of painters and heightened sanitation of our space. The schedule is here. We hope you will attend an event with us soon…or if you aren’t ready to come out perhaps commission or purchase a painting. You can see some of what is available here. We are just trying to be here when the dust settles but that is looking less likely all the time. Until we do see you again, stay healthy.

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OpenI hear people saying, “When this is over we’ll all be enjoying restaurants again, full shelves again, socializing again.” But unless it is over soon that will NOT be the case. The landscape of our community will not look the same as it did before this started. Many small businesses that you have enjoyed over the years won’t make it through months of closure and no sales. Think about that! The businesses that you go to every time your kid needs a donation for their school, for their ball teams or scouts…the businesses you go to for fundraisers for your organizations…those small businesses that give to you every time you ask are at risk now. They’ll be gone and all that will be left will be the large stores most of which have “policies” that don’t allow them to donate locally. What will we do then? Keep in mind our small businesses that need you now as you needed them when you asked for help. Make a real effort to help them. Buy a gift certificate. Pre-pay for classes to come. Buy art. Do what you can to keep small business alive. It’s the heartbeat of our community. Please don’t let it die in all the madness. At The Studio we are continuing with small classes so if you are bored come and paint with us. It is a good time to learn something new. Adult classes are every Wednesday from 10:30-Noon or 5:30 to 7 pm, or Thursday from 2 – 3:30. Kids meet on Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:15 pm. Contact Kelly and come join us for a class. If want to help The Studio stay alive you can click here and purchase art or gift certificates.

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