When we were enjoying the art work a woman from the gallery approached me and asked me to turn my backpack to the front. This was a perfectly reasonable request and I was happy to do it. However, she then proceeded to lecture me about the two signs they have on the door at the entrance. I found this particularly rude. First, my husband held the door open for me, so I did not see the signs. Second, I was not even greeted in a friendly manner, no hello, nothing. Every gallery we went to on Julia street was a pleasure except this one.
Our studio has been exhibiting glass for the past 40 years engaging visitors in hands-on class in glass blowing, metal sculpture, and printmaking. We have had to post two posters 11x17 one in the front of the building as you enter and the other as visitors step up to the recessed front door. We also post a large poster as you are inside the door. This is for the safety of the glass, not braking.
When a visitor turns around with the backpack sticking out from their back or backs up they will hit the glass sitting on a pedicel .. Once the glass is broken it can not be replaced. When a visitor passes the 3 colorful posters and has not acknowledged the posters to remove the backpack.... one of the volunteers who greets all visitors explains that there are Posters as they approach and also enter the studio to please take the backpack off their back. The volunteers who greet all visitors explains that they can either hold to the backpack in front of them or bring the backpack to the front desk. The volunteers always explain that there are 3 posters as they approach the studio and enter the building. We want to be sure that the visitors do not feel that they are singled out.
We are the only galleries in the area showing glass. The other galleries in the Art district have paintings on the wall and do not have to be concerned with glass breaking as a visitor walks around with back packs in the studio