Amid museum closures, ‘Masks’ exhibit using virtual tour technology



Family and friends gathered to want Stanley Sepulbeda a contented 100th birthday from exterior his window on Saturday, Could 9 in Fort Collins.

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Masks are a hot topic these days, however not the kind which can be at the moment sitting behind the Museum of Artwork Fort Collins’ locked doorways.

For 16 years, the downtown Fort Collins artwork museum has placed on its annual “Masks” auction and exhibition, which showcases tons of of ceramic masks which have been remodeled by Northern Colorado artists and group members.

With coronavirus closing companies and cancelling occasions, the museum’s “Masks” exhibition grew to become one of many pandemic’s casualties. Whereas guests would usually be meandering by its rooms of displayed masks proper now, the Museum of Artwork Fort Collins’ halls at 201 S. School Ave., are empty and can doubtless stay so into mid-June, in line with a information launch.

As a result of the masks are auctioned off on the finish of every exhibition — elevating greater than $1.6 million through the years — the museum was additionally vulnerable to shedding eyes on its largest annual fundraiser.  

However due to a Fort Collins actual property dealer and a few on-line tour know-how, “Masks” has continued on — just about, after all. 

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Fran Hardman, a Museum of Artwork board member and managing dealer for RE/MAX Superior in Fort Collins, urged the museum showcase “Masks” utilizing the identical 360-degree digital tour know-how she does to characteristic on-line house listings.  

“… Doing a digital tour appeared like a pure match,” Hardman mentioned in a information launch from the museum. 

RE/MAX agent Roland Kuehn volunteered to {photograph} the exhibition’s 220 masks and create the digital tour. He had it published to the museum’s website within a day, the discharge mentioned. 

Beginning Could 6, guests to the museum’s site have been in a position to just about stroll by the exhibition, touring the displayed masks at any angle and getting up-close views. The Museum of Artwork Fort Collins’ “Masks” online auction is also live online and will go through June 28.

With the Museum of Artwork Fort Collins hoping to reopen to public viewing subsequent month, there’s a likelihood guests will have the ability to catch the top of “Masks” in particular person, the discharge mentioned. 

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Till then, you’ll be able to soak up somewhat native artwork “from your personal front room in your PJs,” Kuehn mentioned. 

“Our hopes are that till individuals can come to the museum and go to in particular person, they are going to get pleasure from their very own museum expertise from the security of their house,” mentioned Museum Government Director Lisa Hatchadoorian. “And, after all, bid on a masks.” 

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