WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Art Center in downtown Worthington will host its first virtual art show in light of continuing precautions with COVID-19.

Art Center Director Tricia Mikle said the new show, viewable on the Nobles County Art Center Facebook page, contains the works of 10 artists, all of whom are members of the Artisans Road Trip.

“Viewing art in person is best, but showing art virtually is where we are at currently with the gallery shuttered because of the pandemic,” Mikle said. “A virtual show gives the Nobles County Art Center an opportunity for more people to view the art and make comments if they desire.”

In the first few days of the virtual show’s June 30 opening, Mikle said there was significant traffic to the center’s Facebook page to see the art.

One advantage over a traditional show, which is normally taken down after a month, is that the virtual show will remain viewable on the center’s Facebook page for people to enjoy long into the future.

“That is reaching a lot more people than we normally get in person at the gallery,” Mikle said.

Of the 31 member artists in the Artisans Road Trip, the 10 artists showcasing works in the Nobles County Art Center’s virtual show each submitted images of two pieces of artwork. Alongside each submission, Mikle has included the name of the artist, as well as additional information provided by them.

The pieces include photographs, printmaking, fiber arts and paintings.

“There’s a large variety of mediums,” Mikle said.

Hayley McAndrews, president of the Artisans Road Trip, said the virtual gallery show hosted by Nobles County is generating an interest she and fellow artists are seeing on their own websites and Facebook pages.

“People are staying home, so they’re on social media much more than normal,” said McAndrews, noting she’s had better-than-normal sales of her own artwork through a Facebook page.

“Social media has been a fantastic resource during this time when physical galleries are shut down,” she added. “As artists, we can still connect with our audience, and people at home can connect with something other than dire news reports. It’s been a silver lining.”

At this time, plans are still in place for the Artisans Road Trip, which will feature all 31 member artists, in early October, McAndrews said. The member artists hail primarily from Iowa, with Minnesota artists from Alpha and Windom.

For more information and a brochure highlighting the Artisans Road Trip later this year, visit artisansroadtrip.com or its Facebook page.