The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington is reopening in a small, safe way that includes an exhibit called the "Virtual MAC Faculty Show."

After being closed for three months because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the MAC opened June 23 with the juried art show featuring works by eight faculty members.

The show will run through Aug. 5, and admission is free and open to the public. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Patrons will be on the honor system to take their temperatures before they enter – anyone with a fever is advised not to enter – and face masks, while not mandatory for guests, are encouraged for visitors and required for staff members, said Erin Blue, executive director of the MAC, 777 Evening St.

Social-distancing practices will be enforced, Blue said.

A news release from the MAC said room capacities have been limited to meet social-distancing guidelines, and staff and volunteers would clean and sanitize common places throughout the workday and at the close of business.

The release also said appointments may be made to accommodate high-risk visitors whenever possible.

The art show is part of the first reopening phase for the MAC after its March 12 closing because of the pandemic.

"It feels pretty good," Blue said. "We've been in touch with many of our members, and they're really excited to get back to their regular classes."

The regular classes will have to wait until the state starts to ease prohibitions on public gatherings, Blue said.

Meanwhile, the "Virtual MAC Faculty Show" offers exceptional original art that is for sale, a rarity at the MAC, she said.

"We don't sell a lot of work in our gallery," Blue said. "We are not a for-profit gallery."

Blue said 75% of the proceeds will go to the artists, many of whom have lost money because of the pandemic, and the rest will help pay for utilities and similar expenses at the center.

"I think the people are super excited about it, to see our faculty and engage with them in person," said Kati Serbu, director of programming and engagement for the MAC.

Only the main floor of the 3-story MAC will be open for the time being.

The MAC, which opened in 2009, is known for its gallery space, classes ranging from film to ceramics, theater and chamber orchestra, which is produced in-house.

For more information, go to mcconnellarts.org.

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