I worked for years as an arts administrator with a touring theatre company and a visual arts organization. The way arts organizations are able to transform a space always amazed me. When the theatre company set up for a show in the local fire hall, it was transformed into a theatre by 8 pm that night, complete with a stage, lights, sound and seats arranged for an audience. In this case, a juried exhibit, youth exhibit and exhibit of work from the community workshop filled this church basement with art. The arrangement of the art work made you forget you were in a church basement which was more often the location of Brownie and Guide meetings, AA meetings and church lunches.
Although chairs were arranged for the opening, it was standing room only. Gathering of the Arts opening receptions in Antigonish always draw a big crowd.