Galleries and museums are open, at least at limited capacities, and for a few months now, visitors have been able to enjoy the unique experience of seeing art in person. But the chance to meet the artists and mingle with fellow art lovers at exhibition opening parties is, for now, still a bit out of reach — large indoor gatherings aren't too compatible with social distancing.
Qualia Contemporary Art has found a way to deliver the best of both worlds during these unusual times. The Palo Alto gallery is opening two solo exhibitions, "Site" by Tommy Fitzpatrick and "The Youth, the Magic World" by Peng Lyu, and will mark the occasion with an online party April 10, 7:30 p.m., that offers virtual gallery walkthroughs of the exhibitions, artists' talks and a Q&A session so that the audience can interact with the artists.
For the works featured in "Site," painter Fitzpatrick used Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to model works before translating them to canvas. "The Youth, the Magic World" features surrealist works by Lyu. Both shows opened April 7 and will be on view through May 28 at 328 University Avenue, Palo Alto.
To register for the opening party, visit eventbrite.com.