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Gallery 62 plans reopening show

Gallery 62 West in downtown Grafton is reopening at 11 a.m. Friday.

See the venue’s COVID-19 guidelines below.

July’s show features the work of Grafton-born Frances Benjamin Johnston, an esteemed West Virginia photographer. The mobile and online show was developed by Ksenia Bradner with a grant from the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.

Johnston was an early American photographer and photojournalist whose career lasted for almost half a century. She is best known for her portraits, images of southern architecture and her work featuring African Americans and Native Americans at the turn of the 20th century.

Johnston grew up in Washington, D.C., and was given her first camera by entrepreneur George Eastman, a close friend of the family and inventor of the Eastman Kodak cameras and film process.

Gallery 62 West is resuming regular hours of  11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The gallery will be closed this Saturday for the July 4 holiday.

COVID-19 restrictions require that everyone wear a mask at all times in the gallery. Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. There will be social distancing markings on the floor and hand sanitizers at each entrance. Due to these restrictions there will be no opening reception Friday.