Hickory – Trade Alley Art is pleased to announce that despite the pandemic over 60 artists entered their works of art for the first juried show, which can be viewed October 6th-23rd. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 12 to 4 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, with Covid19 precautions observed.

Announcement of prizes will be made during the 6–9 pm reception on Friday, October 9th, with cash awards made for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention, and people’s choice. Judging will be done by artist Clay James, a native of Maiden and former art program coordinator at LRU 2012-2017. He received his MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco, and is currently the set designer for Hickory Community Theatre.

The gallery understands that people are still unsure about attending events during these times and wants to assure their safety by following the Governor’s guidelines for maximum occupancy, social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, providing hand sanitizing stations, and wiping down surfaces throughout the evening. Drinks will be provided for this special event.

The public is encouraged to support the area’s local artists by coming in to view their work, and voting for the people’s choice award, as research shows that the sheer act of looking at a painting can light up one of the pleasure centers of the brain.

Trade Alley Art, 25 2nd Street NW, Hickory, NC 28601. Phone (828) 578-1706.