Special to the
Opelika Observer

Following is a message from Sarah West, founder of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art in Smiths Station, to her students and patrons about their reopening and studio classes resuming last week.

“We are preparing to welcome your return to (the) studio! While we do feel quite jubilant and anxious to see all of our students back at their easels, we proceed very well aware that nothing can be left to chance.

Your health and well-being is our priority.

Over the many recent weeks, we have taken every precautionary measure to protect ourselves and our family, all with the awareness that we also must be sure that when The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, A Center for Cultural Arts reopens that we can do so in the safest way possible.

Having voluntarily isolated for more than 60 days, we continue to practice daily precautionary measures to maintain our good health and prevent any interactions with others. In addition to upholding the national rule of 6-foot social distancing, we wear masks any time we step out, we wear gloves and change them, hand wash all the time and use antibacterial hand cleaner as well. Every door knob, light switch and steering wheel is cleaned thoroughly and often. All of this is to say that we carry forth this new way of thinking, positively. For surely, we have all become healthier and more mindful people.

The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, A Center for Cultural Arts will soon reopen, and we would like to take this time to bring your up to speed on new methods by which we are prepared to provide you with an exceptionally enriching and safe educational experience.”

New guidelines for the studio include:

– Wearing a mask or face covering

– Maintaining 6-foot social distancing

– Practice frequent and proper hand washing

– Each student will occupy a single studio space, maintaining a distance of six feet at all times

For more information, call 334-480-2008. The studio is located at 2750 Lee Road 430.