A Year of Challenge and Opportunity

July 15, 2020

There is no doubt that 2020 has presented us all with new challenges. That is certainly true here at the Stewart Clifford Gallery. But, at least for us, these challenges have forced us to change in a positive way. 

The first way we have changed is our new website! We realized (belatedly, perhaps) that our old website wasn’t very user friendly for people’s mobile phones. So, with the help of John O’Connor, my fabulous graphic designer, we created a new webpage that will now work much better on your mobile phones and tablets (as well as on your laptop). 

As many of you know, I worked in corporate and educational videos prior to opening the gallery. When I realized that gallery openings would be much different this year because of Covid-19, I started to work with all the artists here at the gallery to create videos. The goal is for all of you to get to know the amazing artists whose works are showcased at the gallery. Nothing can ever replace meeting the artist in person, but I hope these videos will allow you to get to know each artist a little better. This is a work in progress and we have a lot more work to do, but you can check out the videos at the Gallery’s YouTube page. 

On the subject of “making lemonade out of lemons…” When we were required to stay at home during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of gallery owners got together with Jill Sauffer, Executive Director of The Commons here in Provincetown with the idea of sharing our ideas and planning for the future. We didn’t know what was going to come, but thought working together was the best way to move forward. From this idea, the group formed a collaboration of galleries called Ptown Gallery Stroll. Now, with over 30 of the galleries in Provincetown, we have created a webpage that is updated every week with new artwork, providing a “Virtual Gallery Stroll” through Provincetown. So, even if you can’t be here in person, you can be here in spirit. On a personal level, this has proven a wonderful opportunity to get to know my fellow gallerists better. We all are so busy during the season, we didn’t have the opportunity to work together. Now we do! We share ideas every week. We’ve also pooled our resources enabling us to purchase all the supplies we need to provide each and every visitor with a safe visit to town.

Finally, the question on everyone’s mind: How is Provincetown doing? In a word, we are doing really well. The town has required masks be worn on Commercial Street to keep everyone safe. When I walk down the street, all I see are people wearing masks (except for a few people enjoying an ice cream cone or a coffee). If you’re not wearing a mask, friendly “Ambassadors” are all over town ready to provide you with one for free. Here is a fun video showing what it’s like in town this year. We do this for one reason: we want to protect each other and to keep everyone in town safe. It’s a sign of love – and that is why you see so many signs with painted hearts throughout the town.

Love wins.

I am so grateful to all of you for visiting the gallery. I feel fortunate that I am working with such talented artists and living and working in such an amazing place. Thank you all!

With love, Stewart