Carmel Visual Arts — COVID-19 Update

UPDATE June 13, 2020

Huihan Liu: New Date July 23–25, 2020 — All plein air workshop
Angus Wilson: New Date July 27–29, 2020 — an interactive workshop via Zoomcast
Sean Cheetham: New Date: Sept 30–Aug 1, 2020
Calvin Liang: New Date: Sept 21–24, 2020 — All plein air workshop
Matt Smith: New Date: May 24–27, 2021

Carmel Visual Arts Director, Rich Brimer talks about workshops that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hello everyone my name is Rich Brimer. I am the director and owner of Carmel Visual Arts in Carmel, California, and The Art Distillery in Springfield, Kentucky. It was seven years ago when Carol Henry and I moved to Carmel with the intention of providing an artistic space for inspiration on California’s Central Coast. Since then we have hosted over 30 exhibitions in Carmel, with well-over 100 workshops. We are extremely happy to share that more than a thousand artists have taken these workshops with top professional instructors in both painting and photography.

In late 2019 we expanded to include a bed & breakfast as an art destination in Kentucky—on the property of a historic farmhouse we call Wildflower Ranch Inn. Since this is Bourbon Country, the art studio was named The Art Distillery. This location is surrounded by beautiful nature, history, and plenty of space to create. In Carmel, we also added a Studio Manager — my daughter, Hannah Brimer who has been doing a fantastic job facilitating classes and workshops.

We launched the new 2020 season at both locations—with many sold-out workshops—only to be stunned with the quickly changing developments amid the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the speed this occurred, we are not only taking the current situation seriously by postponing workshops through May, we are also developing new online art education platforms for you. We will share more on that as we schedule them.

As a small business with a big heart, we’ve built this creative collaboration with your ongoing support. We want to thank you for that. I also want to recognize our outstanding instructors and the impact this situation has placed on all art professionals. Believing that art provides inspiration for our society—we plan to rally-on in the face of this crisis, by looking for new ways to create together.

Oil Painting of Carmel Beach by Randy Sexton

The safety and well-being of our students, instructors, and staff are always of the highest importance to all of us at Carmel Visual Arts. We are monitoring the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 closely and taking precautions to keep our Students and Staff safe.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

We have canceled our Monday night Figure classes for now and will reevaluate this in the coming months.

We postponed our Spring workshops

For now, other upcoming workshops are still on track. However, we will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from federal and state public-health authorities. If workshops or classes are canceled or postponed, we will notify our students via phone, email, through our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook) and here at carmelvisualarts.com.

Safety During Your Visit

Carmel Visual Arts will maintain a high standard of cleanliness throughout the gallery and studio, while taking additional precautions with sanitizing surfaces. We also would like to remind our patrons and students that our classes and workshops are very limited in size and we are not planning any large public events at this time. Our scheduled evening demonstrations will be for students of the workshop and you can watch from your home as we will broadcast them live via YouTube.

We are in unprecedented times and I want to assure you that we are taking some necessary precautions for everyone’s health and safety during the upcoming workshops.

When you arrive at a workshop, you will notice a few things that will be in place.

  • Touch-less temperature checks – we will advise you to leave if you have an elevated number
  • Face covering required! We ask everyone to wear a mask or face shield while in the presence of others (Students bring their own masks)
  • We will provide disposable gloves and hand sterilizer
  • During indoor portions of the workshop, we will keep the doors and windows open for airflow
  • There will be enough distance between easels (6 ft)
  • We will clean the surface before and after the session with alcohol
  • We may have a Wireless Tour-Guide type system available so everyone can clearly hear the instructor. All units will be sanitized between each workshop with alcohol followed by a UV light array, assuring each user will have a safe unit to use.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. Do not come to the school. Contact a medical provider and follow their advice.
  • Conduct self-screenings throughout the day – If you or someone around you exhibits symptoms of illness: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other indicators you /they should leave and seek medical attention.

We will remain committed to the safety of our visitors and staff. We will be updating our policies in accordance with the spread of the virus as we can. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we all navigate this together.

Rich Brimer, Director
Carmel Visual Arts