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Avon library to host American barn paintings exhibit in June

"Crested Beauty," by Joan Willoughby.
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What: Vail Valley Art Guild “Barns in the American Landscape” art exhibit.

Where: Avon Public Library.

When: The month of June. A reception is set for June 11 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit http://www.vailvalleyartguild.com.

AVON — During the month of June, The Avon Public Library will host an exhibit of Vail Valley Art Guild (VVAG) artists featuring barns as a motif. The exhibit opens June 1 and the public is invited to a reception on June 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Barns come in all sizes and shapes, from simple lean-to buildings sheltering feed to elaborate structures housing thoroughbred horses. The design and exterior appearance will vary by region and whether the structure is made to hold animals, grains and/or machinery. Barn construction may include logs, stone foundations, stucco, or wood siding. Many barn designs were influenced by European immigrants who would copy designs from their homeland. Some designs have doors on the ends of the structure, while others have doors in the middle. Shaker barns are round, while New England and eastern Canadian barns may consist of a series of connected buildings. Weather vanes, Hex symbols and painted advertisements may also embellish the exterior design. Some barns are meticulously maintained while others are allowed to weather and fade into the landscape.

The barn has been an inspiration for many artists. Andrew Wyeth is famous for painting weathered buildings in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and connected barns in Maine. Georgia O’Keeffe painted many one-story barns with central doors in Lake George, New York, and on the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada. Wolf Kahn is famous for his bright pastel depictions of Connecticut barns. Architects have also been influenced by the barn mystique as shown in the community of Sea Ranch in northern California where homes look like weathered barns overlooking the Pacific.

The following local artists will be exhibiting oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings at “Barns in the American Landscape”: Patricia Bain, Vida Kijauskas, Joann Carhart Levy, Andrew Graham, Hatsie Hinmon, Barbara Holden, Steve Holden, Henry Mankina, Hertha Von Ohlsen, Christine Sena, Shanny Shatterstrom and Joan Willoughby.

Visit http://www.vailvalleyartguild.com to learn more about the Vail Valley Art Guild.

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