Every four days, on average, a barn in Vermont collapses. That's all it took for a group of artists and a second group of barn owners to come together and create Artists for Barns. Gallery on the Green in Woodstock is sponsoring a three-part event in hopes of raising funds to help in the restoration of the 5-story Robinson Barn, a turn-of-the-century dairy barn just west of Woodstock.
Sixteen visual artists will begin painting on site beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15, in order to provide paintings to be auctioned off on Oct. 2. Proceeds from the sale of the original works of art and prints, as well as, the purchase of benefit cans of paint, will directly help the restoration of the Robinson Barn. The painting comes to a close on Saturday, Sept. 18, when the group will raise more funds through a Meet the Artists session, finger lickin' BBQ, and old fashioned Square Dance.
Organizers hope the event will become a model for a national initiative. “Across the country, we are losing the iconic symbols of America’s rural past” said Chip Evans, participating artist. "The partnership between professional artists and barn owners exemplifies the concern to preserve and enhance the visual landscape.”
For more information contact the Gallery on the Green at 802-457-4956.
Photo courtesy State of VT