Grant helps art gallery pay expenses from COVID-19 closure
Thursday, September 03, 2020
In June 2020, Scott Milo Gallery at the Framemaker was awarded a $5,000 grant during the first phase of the Skagit County Small Business Grant Program, funded through the CARES Act and administered by EDASC.
We are profiling some of the businesses who have received local COVID-19 relief grants to demonstrate the importance of supporting and strengthening the incredible business ecosystem in Skagit County.
About Scott Milo Gallery at the Framemaker
Scott Milo Gallery at the Framemaker provides quality fine art and custom picture framing. They help their customers to enhance and personalize their environment while promoting the arts, selling various mediums from Northwest artists while offering hundreds of popular frame samples and new mat cutting designs.
Gallery owner Katherine Khile said she loves doing business in the community-centric Skagit County.
“I am thankful to be located in Skagit County because our community has made a conscious effort to support local businesses,” Khile said. “Our community, as a whole, has respectfully worn their masks and abided by social distancing guidelines, helping me and my employees stay healthy and be able to work with the public ... This COVID pandemic is such a financial and emotional event that it takes a professional and planned response on all levels to make the most effective decisions for our community.”
How they used the grant funds
Scott Milo Gallery at the Framemaker had originally closed in late March 2020 and then reopened during Phase 2 in June with limited hours. Despite being closed to the public Khile still had expenses, such as a lease, utilities, insurance, alarm monitoring, advertising contracts, social media contracts and increased website maintenance costs.
“I was grateful to receive the grant to help offset our overhead costs and to help pay for the new COVID response items, like new signage, disposable masks, sanitizer equipment and other PPE supplies in addition to helping with the additional cost of social media updates due to ever-changing business hours and services being offered,” she said. “Due to our continued, limited hours of operation, I have had to set up a home office to keep in contact with clients, and do advertising and accounting without leaving the house.”
It’s important to support local businesses
Scott Milo Gallery at the Framemaker offers monthly, regional fine art shows and custom picture framing services. They have been in business over 25 years and encourage the community to see them for their art and framing needs.
“I am grateful to all the clients that have actively engaged with me on our social media and website to set up appointments for their special needs and to actively come by the gallery to enjoy our art shows in person, following recommended COVID guidelines Khile said.
Their hours of operation are currently minimized to limit virus exposure. They encourage people to continue to engage on their social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram @scottmilogallery and visit their website, www.scottmilo.com, where art shows and business hours are regularly updated. Khile invites people to sign up for their monthly e-postcards highlighting new art shows and specials since they are no longer mailing paper postcards.