The Woodstock Art Gallery has been closed now for approximately three months and during that time, the team has been busily and bravely exploring this new world of virtual programming. The gallery’s education department has developed a whole suite of activities and experiences that are accessible via www.cityofwoodstock.ca/en/live-and-play/wag-virtual-resources.aspx.
The most recent foray into the fully virtual world is the mounting of the Visual Elements 62: Annual Juried Exhibition. The juried exhibition is a cornerstone of the formation of the art gallery itself. It was the activity and response from the annual exhibitions organized in the early 1960s in Woodstock that led to the creation of the Woodstock Art Gallery. It is eagerly anticipated each year and generally boasts our largest attendance numbers. Due its importance, I was not going let a “little thing” such as a global pandemic stop the show. I am pleased that we are moving full steam ahead and will be mounting this significant project entirely online for the first time in its 62-year history.