Art in the Barn opens, hosts twice as many artists

The fourth annual Art in the Barn kicked off on Saturday.

Posted on Sept. 29, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — The fourth annual Art in the Barn opened on Friday. The art show features artists with local ties showcasing their work at the Red Tail Farm in Goshen.

Leah Schroeder, one of the original organizers of the event, said that this year’s event has twice as many artists as last year’s. There are more than 60 artists at the show, including those from ADEC, which has been participating for three years.

“We never expected it to be this big,” Schroeder said.

Adam Scharf, who owns the barn and is a co-organizer, said the event has steadily grown since its inception. Part of the appeal is the barn’s escape factor.

“It’s kind of a cozy, fun spot in the middle of a city,” he said.

Many of the artists whose work is on display have participated before. Co-organizer Elise Hofer Derstine said that artists return partly because they’re able to sell their work and for the community aspect of the event.

Friday’s scheduled performances included capoeira — a Brazilian martial art form — a reggae group, and a female folk rock group. The variety of performances draw people in.

“I think we’ve done a good job of making it new every year,” Derstine said.

Most of the art on display is on sale, including work from ADEC. All of the work from ADEC is on the first floor, which is wheelchair accessible.

The art displayed ranges from painting, ceramic, photography, prints, jewelry, 3-D work, fiber, installations, sculptures and letterpress. Even a few children have art displayed there. Schroeder said the diversity of the show is greater than what you could find in any major city.

Having the art show in a barn is a “really wonderful way to celebrate the Midwest,” Schroeder said.

The show will open at 3 p.m. today. There will be open mic readings and musical performances after 4 p.m. The show will close at 10 p.m. There is no admission fee.

The barn is at 303 W. Waverly Ave. For information, go to artinthebarn.wordpress.com.

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