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Pandemic edition of studio tour safely connects artists with art lovers

'People really appreciated being able to see quality art in person again', Newmarket Group of Artists president says
Artist Robin Burnett by one of her paintings at the 12th annual Newmarket Artwalk & Studio Tour: Gallery Edition. Greg King for NewmarketToday

The COVID-19 pandemic edition of the annual Newmarket Artwalk & Studio Tour was able to safely connect artists with art enthusiasts, organizers said.

"I believe our gallery approach was the perfect way to connect local artists with art lovers in our community while  keeping them all safe with our COVID-19 protocols," said Stevie Stefano, president of the Newmarket Group of Artists' 12 annual event held Sept. 26 to Oct. 4.

The "very successful show considering  this year's limitations with COVID" attracted more than 270 people, who were requested to register beforehand to help control the number of people at the single gallery location on Gorham Street. 

"People really appreciated being able to see quality art in person again," Stefano said.

"I could not be more proud of the group of volunteers that make up the NGA board. All their hard work and planning ensured our show would run smoothly," he added. 

A "special thank you" goes Jennifer Shigetomi of Matsu Jewellery for providing the show location and managing the website, he said. 

Debora Kelly

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