by Dave Warner

According to Executive Director Jane Malin, of the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, they still don’t have a firm date for their opening yet, but they are working on the policies and procedures needed to do so.

“I believe we’re now allowed to open the Selective Eye as a gift shop and we’re going through all of our protocols and verbiage and signage that we have to have. The last little bit is to get the cleaning products. We’re going to be very vigilant about cleaning,” she stated.

They have bought ultraviolet lighting to help with the cleaning process. “We’re working hard to open this up and do it in the right way, obeying all of the rules and regulations.”

She went on to say that they feel it is vitally important to keep the customers safe and healthy, as well as all of the volunteers that work in the store.

Malin said, “we’ve had two or three meetings now and one full board meeting on it. Jeff Smith and I are going to be what we’re calling the site coordinators. We’ll be the two that are contacted if there are any issues or questions from either customers or volunteers.”

Plans are to have a soft opening for a week or two to see how things go, and then they’ll open it fully up.

“That will let us know if there are any changes in procedures that we need to make,” she said.

“We are very encouraged. We’ve weathered the storm with a little bit of money from the PPP loan plan, so that definitely helps since we’ve had no revenue since the middle of March,” she said.

When open, they plan on doing some membership drives and fundraisers to make up the shortfall. They would also like to plan an event to just thank the community and everybody for making it through this period.

“It may be virtual, but hopefully not. We want it to be something we can do as a community. It might not happen until late summer or early fall,” said Malin.

She said that they plan on getting some new things in the shop as well.

“It’s a tangled mess, it really is. Obviously we cannot clean some of the artwork, so we’ll put signs on that. We’re doing everything we can do to get ourselves open. We’re excited to be focused on opening,” stated Malin.

At this point though, the gallery is closed and they have not set a date for opening that portion of the business.