Sep. 10—Art organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic — adapting to new safety guidelines, at times having to reduce the number of visitors to a specific time slot and even temporarily closing for stretches to keep citizens safe.

On Sept. 17, BMoCA’s Artmix — an annual fundraising auction, featuring the diverse work of over 100 creatives — presents an opportunity for folks to support the museum and participating artists by casting bids either online or in person.

“Artmix is always an exciting time for the museum,” said Gwyneth Burak, deputy director of BMoCA. “There is great artwork from so many artists and that brings a unique energy to the museum that visitors and staff always enjoy.”

All work in the 16-day event is for sale and tickets to access the auction online and visit the exhibition for the duration of its display are $15, or $10 for members.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild has been showcasing local talent for the past 20 years.

According to its website, the guild is a program of Main Street Vermilion, a collection of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

Marilou Suszko, executive director of Main Street Vermilion, said the showcase is a way to feature unique art and support local creatives.

“We have a lot of local talent here,” Suszko said. “It’s also a way for artists to come together and learn from one another.”

Gallery shows feature watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography, jewelry, potters, fiber art, wood and hand-crafted items.

The ‘Sea and Shore’ Art Show displays sunsets, beaches and beautiful summer pieces.

The Arts Guild hosts multiple shows per year and aims to showcase artwork that reflect the season.

After not being able to hold any

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Valley native Lillie Cummings grew up with her head in the clouds, daydreaming about various art mediums, bouncing between photography, drawing and crafting. In October, Cummings signed up for a virtual art journaling class through The Making Space and was inspired by the freedom of fusing of her creative interests to begin Art Hour with Lillie.

In early December, Cummings created Art Hour with Lillie, an independent project geared to investing more in her creativity over open video forums.

Cummings is partnering with Harrisonburg’s community creative platform, The Making Space, to bring her art hour to the Valley to guide locals in a variety of prompts and musings over Zoom tonight.

For the past four years, The Making Space has worked to provide a safe space for Valley residents to explore their artistic inklings through classes and open art hours. The pandemic has not budged the nonprofit’s

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