When a global pandemic makes gallery gatherings unsafe, a center for the arts must adapt.


And that is what the folks at The Joe Center for the Arts have done.


Organizers announced this week two new shows, a summer exhibit which will be largely virtual and a members’ show in the fall, when the board of The Joe hopes the gallery at 201 Reid Ave. will be available again.


“Concerns over public health and safety have given us the opportunity to explore new options for presenting shows,” said Marcy Trahan, chair of The Joe’s board.


The summer show will be “Paws, Claws, Wings & Scales” and will run July 2 through Aug. 8.


Entry deadline is June 20.


However, due to COVID there is a twist.


This will be an online virtual show with only a limited amount of artwork to be displayed in The Joe’s gallery windows.


The online gallery opens July 2 on The Joe Center for the Arts website.


“Entries are coming in and we are excited to see that we have a number of artists from states as far as California and Pennsylvania participating in this virtual event,” Trahan said.


“So we invite everyone to view the beautiful submissions at our web site.”


Purchases of artwork can also be made online.


Prizes will be awarded July 3 for Best of Show, second and third places and Trahan said The Joe board was excited about the judges lined up for the show.


Bonnie Samuelsen is currently the Project Manager for Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird Stewardship Program and has been involved with shorebird and seabird management since 2004.


She participated in the Florida Master Naturalist Program through the University of Florida/IFAS Program has been the publisher of Adventure Florida, a newspaper highlighting Florida's diverse natural areas.


Hilary Patterson is a proud member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.


Patterson and her family live in Port St. Joe and she has been a professional photographer/graphic designer for 15 years and is a self-taught jewelry designer working with a mixture of mediums.


Patterson is also an active community volunteer, a member of the Junior Service League and a director on the board of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.


The annual The Joe Member Show arrives Aug. 21 and continues through Sept. 18.


“By then we hope to be able to have the building open for display and visitation by the public” Trahan said. “However, much will depend on the status of COVID-19 cases and health risks to the public at that time.”


She added the members show is a special event within the local art community.


“There is an incredible amount of artistic talent represented by our members and this is an opportunity for them to share that talent with the public,” Trahan said.


The entry deadline is July 31.


Entry forms and prospectus for both shows can be found at www.TheJoeCenter.org


Trahan noted that while the facility has been closed due to the pandemic, The Joe has been hosting weekly “Art Challenges” on its Facebook page, where artists could visit for ideas and the artwork that was submitted.


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