Gallery Onyx, like other downtown Seattle business, has been hit hard by the mandated closure due to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus . We rely on the gallery space to show the Pacific Northwest community and visitors to our area the beautiful and creative visual artwork of our artists. Gallery Onyx is also used to host artist talks, art demonstrations, poetry readings, dance demonstrations, community receptions and as a venue to hold social and business functions. The gallery is also a focal where artists gather to encourage each other to continue to create art.
We are indeed a cultural focal in the downtown Seattle core offering to our community and visitors to Seattle a sampling of the rich diversity which exists in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The pandemic is showing all of us how fragile we are without the support of others. Our intention is to hold the line during this time and plan to emerge stronger than before. This can only be accomplished with your support and validation that what we do is important to our society.
During the closure, our Facebook page continues to be updated to serve as an information and cross-talk platform for our artist community and patrons. Our website is being maintained to allow our artist community to receive updates about Onyx. The websites additionally holds a list of our artist's websites which allows the public at large access to artwork and facilitate purchases during the quarantine. We are currently exploring the utilization of a virtual gallery which would allow patrons to see artwork currently on display in Gallery Onyx. The virtual gallery would also encourage artists to continue to create artwork and influence the creativity of other artists as well.
Take care, wear your mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing.
Earnest D. Thomas
Onyx Fine Arts Collective Board Members:
Ashby Reed, Vice President
Al Doggett, Treasurer
Annie P. Hudson-McKnight, Secretary
Gia Frazier Abbott
Dr. Robert Radford - Emeritus