[image above: Ana Maria Botero – “After Midnight” – sold May 9]
Arizona is in the process of relaxing restrictions on retail businesses. As of Friday, we were able to open our gallery, though with some modifications. We have implemented a sterilization protocol for high-touch areas of the gallery, we are enforcing distancing, limiting staff and the number of concurrent visitors in the gallery, and are open for reduced hours. The health and safety of staff and clients is paramount.
The situation is certainly far from ideal. Most of the galleries in our area are still closed, and there’s very little foot-traffic on our street. In spite of this, we did have several sales out of the gallery over the weekend! Two came from visitors who wandered in when they saw we were open, and one was the result of an email we sent out announcing that we would be reopening.
It is very exciting to have the doors open again and to be creating some sales, but there is still a lot of uncertainty ahead. How long will it be before clients feel comfortable venturing out? What will happen if the easing of restrictions leads to a surge in new Covid-19 cases?
We are continuing to push forward with our online and social media marketing campaigns, and expect them to remain the primary drivers of our business for the foreseeable future.
Are You Seeing Businesses Open?
Are businesses in your area beginning to open? If you show your art in galleries, are you hearing reports that the galleries are opening? Are you seeing continued sales online? Share your updates and experiences in the comments below.