• Deniz Ozan-George

First the Plague, then the Flood; could the Locusts be far behind?

So we're in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Boston has been in stay at home mode since mid-March. I had been proudly displaying a pair of paintings in the Alcove Abstract Expressions show...we had a terrific First Friday Opening Reception on March 6th...the gallery was packed! Little did we know that the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus was already circulating freely at the same time as the hundreds of visitors to the wonderful show.

Now, I have no idea if I have had this thing, but I had returned from a weekend trip to NYC on February 24, and I did develop mild but weird symptoms a week after the First Friday event. I haven't heard that any gallery member has been sick and I really hope not! Anyway, by March 16, we had an order from the governor to close all "non-essential" businesses, including of course, art galleries. The shows of many wonderful artists were brought to a grinding halt; the art still left on the walls while everyone tried to figure out how long the closures would last and how to handle the upcoming shows, into which, much work and money had been expended. As the closure seemed less temporary, Galatea Fine Art went online in a beautiful way. So that's good!

My show as an affiliate member was scheduled for this coming July, in the smaller but sweet Gallery 3. With an abundance of optimism, the decision was made to postpone the April and May shows to later in the two year contract period, but to go ahead with planning the June and July shows. I knew that there would be no way that I could do my long-awaited show in July, in the teeth of the pandemic, so I requested to upgrade my membership the General, and grabbed the only open exhibition slot--the lovely Gallery 2 in November of 2021!

I feel much better now...maybe there will even be an effective vaccine by then,,,

So that covers the plague, as of May 1, 2020, but what of the flood, you ask?

At about 9:18 pm on April 15th a water main broke in Boston's primary gallery district, aka SOWA, and the massive amount of water flooded the streets and especially the lower level galleries at 460 Harrison (Thayer Street). The beloved Galatea was not spared. The art on the walls from the March exhibits was somewhat spared, but art that was stored in the cabinets was destroyed and several of the wonderful wood sculptures and hand crafted furniture pieces on display were damaged or destroyed. I was really lucky; my twin paintings were untouched. Insurance should cover much if not all the damage to the gallery walls, technology, appliances and electrical, and hopefully will cover all of the artist's losses. The gallery will come back, when everything else comes back, and I'll be there. Forget about it, locusts...

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