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“Barn Art” exhibit opens at Compass Center

Friday, April 6, 5 p.m.—BRANDON—The Compass Music and Arts Center’s new exhibit “Barn Art” is a collection of works from 31 different artists in celebration of these functional, yet stunning, architectural gems — Vermont barns. The exhibit runs April 6-June 16, with an opening reception on Friday, April 6, 5-7 p.m.

The different ways in which these 31 artists see, portray, and feel about barns are inspirations in themselves.

Watercolorists C. Asheley Kapelewski and Barbara A. Brosnan focus on the not-so-obvious tenants of a barn, like the birds who use it to perch on, or the back shed often used by cats as a shelter.

Conversely Jeanne Lamoureux-Wood’s mixed-media piece reflects her idea that barns are an “integral part of a highly functional, working unit” and by incorporating photographs of her farm animals confirms that, to her, the “true essence of a barn is derived from its inhabitants — the animals.”

Other work in the exhibit offers an artistic record of barns that no longer exist. Leonard Duffy calls them “icons of time and place.” Daniel Doyle’s photograph shares the continual loss of Vermont’s dairy history. Peg Lawrence’s work, “The Last Farm,” is her response to the fact that we are losing old barns due to urban sprawl.

Other exhibiting artists include: Glen Bartolomeo, Terry Boyle, Gayl M. Braisted, Carol Calhoun, Jean Cannon, Marie LaPre Grabon, Norton Latourelle, Phil Laughlin, Anne Majusiak, Christina Morris, Julia Purdy, Judith Reilly, and Lowell Snowdon Klock; among others.

Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr., Brandon. For more information, visit

Photo by Daniel Doyle
This photo of rolling hills, local bovine, and a fallen barn, was taken on Route 2 in Richmond.

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