Deck the Walls Exhibit

Deck the Walls Exhibit

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The 4th annual “Deck The Walls” exhibit and fundraiser a the Carriage Barn in Waveny Park, will feature small works by member artists and a curated artisan market, with all items priced at $250 and less. One of a kind holiday wreaths created by local artists, decorators, floral designers and other creative members of the community will be for sale or auctioned to the highest bidders. In a new twist for 2019, various designers will stage 'Holiday vignettes' of furniture, artwork and home decor in the gallery.

Deck The Walls was conceived to showcase the creative community while raising money for educational arts programs at the Carriage Barn. The exhibit will open Sunday December 1 and continue through Saturday, December 14 (gallery hours are Wed-Sat from 10am-3pm and Sunday 1-5pm).

The Carriage Barn will host a festive “Deck The Walls” patron party and shopping event on Thursday, December 5 from 6.30-8.30pm.
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Tags: arts and entertainment, art, wreaths, gifts, holiday shopping

Posted By: Carriage Barn Arts Center



Event Details

Date: December 14, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location:
Carriage Barn ARts CEnter

New Canaan CT 06840

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Contact:
Hilary Wittman
2035943638
admin@carriagebarn.org


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More About this Event Poster: Carriage Barn Arts Center

MISSION

The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc. is to promote the visual and performing arts, and to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center.

The New Canaan Society for the Arts (NCSA), a member-supported, non-profit cultural organization, was founded by a group of artists and art-lovers in 1895. Much as it is today, the organization’s goal was to encourage creative expression, celebrate artistic achievement, and enrich the community as a whole. The Society vanished for approximately 80 years until 1977, when a group of New Canaan residents banded together to re-establish the NCSA and create the Carriage Barn Arts Center for the public. Dedicated volunteers restored a charming 100-year old building on the grounds of the former Waveny Estate — and re-opened its doors to once again offer unique cultural experiences in an exceptional gallery space to the New Canaan community and beyond. Twenty years later, the Society was approached by the New Canaan Sculpture Group, a collaborative of Fairfield County artists, who offered to poor a cement floor in the basement and rent the space as an art studio where they have since convened weekly to study under a master sculptor and tend to their varying practices in a range of media.

Today the Carriage Barn Arts Center’s “Betty Barker Gallery” is home to eight premier art exhibitions annually, including four major juried events, as well as curated exhibitions featuring both members and invited artists. In 2011, the Barn launched an initiative designed to showcase the work of talented high school students annually — and every spring, the Barn sponsors “Art in the Windows,” which places art in retail shops in New Canaan for the enjoyment of pedestrians and shoppers. The Carriage Barn Arts Center is open September through June, Wednesday – Saturday, from 10 am – 3 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm. Entrance to the gallery is free with a suggested donation of $3. All exhibitions are open to the public.

Your support makes it possible. Learn more about becoming a member and help the Carriage Barn continue to be a community treasure.

For a more in depth history, read “The Carriage Barn and New Canaan Society for the Arts” written by 2015 New Canaan High School Intern Charlotte Engel. To view an interview with Deborah Haines, former Board President from 2012 by Channel 79, click here.

The Betty Barker Gallery

“A gem of a gallery, well-lit, spacious, and a wonderful space for showcasing art.”

– William Zimmer, The New York Times

Who was Betty Barker?

Betty Barker, after whom our main exhibition space, the “Betty Barker Gallery” is named, was a painter, supporter of the arts, and founding member of the New Canaan Society for the Arts.

Elizabeth Shelly (‘Betty’) Barker was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 19, 1920 into a family that prized art of all kinds. She studied for many years at the Philadelphia Museum School where she developed the foundation for her talent. In 1942 she married Robert Barker, moved to New Canaan, and continued her studies at Silvermine Guild of Artists for the next two decades. At Silvermine she studied with Victor Candel whom she acknowledged as a major influence in her painting career. She also had a busy career as a mother and wife, raising four children Jim, Margaret, Ben, and Ann. Betty was an accomplished and award-winning painter who was celebrated in a series of solo and group shows during her five prolific decades as an active painter. Having completed over three hundred finished works and hundreds of other sketches and unfinished paintings, it is known that she was constantly making art. She described her creative process as follows:

“I paint by combining an abstract pattern with the representational… “; “Sketching and drawing are key ingredients for my paintings…”; “I start a lot of my paintings by sprinkling paint on a canvas laid out on the floor… it gives me a freedom of gesture … I then develop that gesture.”

Betty Barker was a key figure in the effort to save the Carriage Barn from demolition, in the reclamation of this space for art of all kinds, and in the establishment of the New Canaan Society for the Arts. She served as President and as a Board Member of the Society, and curated many of the Society’s shows in this space. Betty Barker died on April 27, 1997 after a long struggle with cancer. A major exhibit of her work was staged at the Carriage Barn the following month, including a painting entitled “Cancer.”



Robert Rankin Barker (1915-2002) and Elizabeth Shelly Barker (d. 1997), Harvard University Portrait Collection, Commissioned by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for the Barker Center, 1997

The Carriage Barn Arts Center is home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We are located in Waveny Park in a 19th century stone barn, refurbished as a gallery and performing arts venue. Our mission is to support the work of local and regional artists, and to maintain the Carriage Barn as a cultural arts center in New Canaan, open to all members of our surrounding community and everyone who is interested in the arts. During exhibitions, we are open Wednesday - Saturday 10-3pm and Sundays 1-5pm.

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