After year of “pandemic ups and downs”, Banning Art Gallery reopens

Beverly Rashidd contributed to this article.

BANNING, Calif. — After a challenging year of COVID-19 pandemic-related ups and downs, the Banning Art Gallery and the Cultural Alliance of the Pass are excited to announce that the popular art gallery is reopening its doors to the public.

“It is a pleasure to, once again, have a place for accomplished and novice artists to share and sell their creative and original works to the public,” Beverly Rashidd said in a release announcing the gallery’s reopening.

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As the only private, nonprofit visual art facility in the immediate San Gorgonio Pass Area, the Banning Art Gallery continues to focus on its goal of enhancing the cultural and artistic climate for the community at its new location in downtown Banning.

Although the gallery had just relocated to its new location and was planning a grand opening event last March, the nearly year-long COVID-19 public health crisis forced the cancellation of the much-anticipated event. 

“Expectations for a year of increased success due to more public traffic and attracting new artists were shelved,” explained Rashidd.

As news of the gallery’s reopening spread, gallery coordinator, Cindy Watson said, “Our artists have missed the gallery and patrons appreciating their work.”

“I look forward to seeing a bustling downtown emerge again and our wonderful Gallery and artists being a part of it all,” Watson continued, adding that the public is once again invited to come in to view and purchase fine arts and artisan pieces, created by local artists.

With initial plans to be open three days a week, Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rashidd explained that face masks will be required and strict protocols for social distancing will be in place as the gallery reopens. 

The Gallery is located in the building with The Haven at 42 W. Ramsey, Ste C; next to the Fox Theater in the City of Banning. Examples of the gallery’s incredibly unique and one-of-a-kind artwork can be viewed online banningculturalalliance.org or on Facebook. For more information, the gallery can be contacted at (951) 849-3993.


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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

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