At 5pm on May 1st Jane and Mike Brumfield will be presenting the work of John Westmark and Lisa Bryson in their gallery in Cannon Beach. The work is beautifully presented on the walls of the gallery, but the gallery doors are closed, and the artists and audience will not be there. Instead the Brumfield's hope that you will join them from your home via Facebook. They will simultaneously broadcast from the gallery so you can see the show and ask questions, will launch online exhibitions of the work with additional resources, and will post two films about the artists. And… the artists will be there - in a fashion. John and Lisa will in attendance via a FaceTime call shown on a large TV screen.
What they really want to do is create a real moment in this temporarily virtual world we have all been confined to by the Covid-19 pandemic. Jane Brumfield, the gallery’s curator explains that, “We have been trying to find ways to engage with our collectors and promote our artists, and their work as best we can with the gallery doors closed. We have done quick virtual tours and daily posts of exhibits, but it's so difficult to come close to anything that is a shadow of the real experience of visiting the gallery. Cannon Beach usually hosts its Spring Unveiling Arts Festival in the first weekend of May. It’s my favorite festival because it’s all about presenting new work, and we usually introduce new artists to the gallery. This year we were to introduce the work of John Westmark and Lisa Bryson. The festival have been pushed out to June, but I still wanted to do something special to mark the arrival of this great collection of work. We hope this broadcast will do that by adding in the dimension of the artists being available to answer questions in real-time. We will all be there, so now all we have to do is convince an audience to join us. It wont be the slickest production, but it will be a real interaction with us and our artists."
Pour yourself a glass of wine or other suitable refreshment and go to facebook.com/imprintgallery at 5pm on May 1st. They encourage you to ask the artists questions via comments, which they will voice to the artists. It will be you… the audience that make this a real viable experience.