AVAM moves programming online for remainder of 2020

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The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger.

The American Visionary Art Museum is moving the remainder of its talks, movie screenings and other events online for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of the White Elephant Barn Clearance scheduled for Aug. 8.

Billed as a “picker’s paradise,” the sale of books, cases, memorabilia, cards, art and other items will have ticketed entry times with a limit of 20 shoppers inside at once, cashless sales, and a requirement customers wear masks and bring reusable bags.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the museum dedicated to self-taught and outsider artists.

AVAM only has events scheduled through Aug. 20 on its online calendar.

The Bazaart Holiday Art Market, a popular holiday shopping destination on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, is postponed until November 2021.

“We will sorely miss welcoming to our classroom and event spaces the bubbling creativity of young and young-at-heart participants to our programs. Though, we’ll continue providing group visits, art workshops, and other such public programs online,” museum founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger said in a statement. “As for Bazaart, every season, makers and artists get to meet their admiring public to enjoy up-close, personal interactions that simply can’t be replicated any other way.”

Hoffberger encouraged fans of the market to buy works online from their favorite artists.

The museum said in a release that steps are being taken to re-open the gallery and exhibit spaces to guests “in the near future.”

“The Secret Life of Earth,” an exhibit tied to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, has been extended to January 2021 to give people more time to view it, the museum said.

In June, AVAM canceled its popular outdoor film series, Flicks From the Hill, and turned the July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade into a virtual celebration. The museum plans to resume those events next year.

Brandon Weigel

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