Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tsunami Closes Gallery and Artists’ Reception

Friday, March 11th was supposed to be the day for Gallery at Marina Square’s Artists’ Reception for featured artist, Debi Basile, and for guest artist, Susan O’Connor. For the first time in eight years, the gallery had to cancel its monthly reception.

This was a great disappointment to all the gallery’s artists and patrons, who look forward to the monthly receptions, but especially to Debi Basile and to Susan O’Connor, our guest and featured artists for March. Their exhibitions are up for the whole month, however, until March 29th, and Gallery at Marina Square is open every day from 10am to 6pm.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from low lying areas in Morro Bay, like the harbor and the Embarcadero, because of concern about the tsunami created by the devastating earthquake in Japan, and of course, this included the gallery.

As the tidal surge came in, the force was strong enough to knock out a dock pylon along Tidelands Park, not that far south of the gallery. That caused a section of dock to collapse where a boat was tied up along it, and the police said that swells also knocked some boats loose when the initial surge arrived Friday morning. The police told Gallery owner, Jane Siragusa, that the Embarcadero would be off limits until 10pm, so there was no choice but to cancel the reception.

Every month, on the second Friday of the month, Gallery at Marina Square holds an artists’ reception, from 5pm to 8pm. This March’s reception will sadly be remembered as the one that didn’t happen.

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