When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, it wasn’t only Henry Matthiessen’s art business that had to change.

The art itself needed to change as well.

Matthiessen, who owns Stoned Art Studio in Dubuque, found himself forced to close the doors of his gallery, removing the ability to show his pieces to customers in person. His custom-made stone oil lamps benefited the most from the in-person showings and were a high selling product for his business. With his store closed off from the public throughout the pandemic, Matthiessen said, interest in the lamps faded.

“If there were no showings, then I had to forget about selling a lot of stone lamps,” he said. “I had to totally rethink the plan for my business.”

The pandemic forced many local artists to adapt their art and business model in order to survive. For Matthiessen, that adaptation came from spending even more time

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MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — It’s been a year since Beth Hemeter has been able to hug her 87-year-old father despite seeing him often, but now that they have both gotten their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, that may change.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines Monday detailing what is safe for fully vaccinated people to do.

Hemeter, who owns Imagemaker Photography and Buddy’s, a bar on Delaware Avenue — two businesses deeply affected by the virus — said the pandemic has taken far too much from just about everyone by now.

“It has made us miss things that used to be so normal,” Hemeter said of the coronavirus pandemic that began a year ago tomorrow. “Early on people didn’t take this as seriously as I think it is, and I think we have come full circle now.”

The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can

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