"No art or people were harmed in the making of this situation," says the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's marketing and communications representative Donna Wellard, laughing. It's been an understandingly long day for the gallery after last night's announcement that a flaw in the sprinkler system will have the gallery's north building, including the permanent and temporary exhibits, closed for at least a week.
"Routine sprinkler preventative maintenance showed when the system changed from wet to dry some pipes were left half full of sediment," says Wellard. The fire marshall closed the gallery until everything is tickety boo again. We repeat, no art was damaged, or even slightly dampened.
"There will be a a full walkthrough with the engineers and construction crew tomorrow morning," says Wellard. "We won't have full picture of repairs until midweek, next week."
Until then, the Maud Lewis Gallery, the gallery shop and Untitled Eats restaurant in the south building will be open and the AGNS will be participating in Open City on Saturday and Telus Family Sunday this weekend. Admission is free to the Maud Lewis Gallery until the repairs are complete. Until then, "we'll keep smiling, it's spring and it's sunny," says Wellard.