The mission of the Art Barn School of Art is to promote and conduct visual arts education classes and activities for children and adults in a unique, rural, creative environment. Our vision is to be a vital, financially stable, community-based organization, recognized as a quality forum for people to come together to celebrate art and nurture their artistic endeavors.
Established in 1970 and incorporated as a 501C3 not-for-profit organization in 1984, the Art Barn School of Art, Inc. is located in the restored country barn on 69 acres of pastoral land. As Jan wanted, each season inspires oil painters, watercolorists, sculptors, paper makers, mixed media and photographers. The Sunflower Festival hosted at the farm through the 90’s was a chance to invite the community in to see 7 acres of sunflowers and paint them. It was named Festival of the Year. The artists have since brought countless hours of inspiration to children through classes, watercolor classes and art camps and adults through classes, nationally known artist workshops, plein air events and an annual art show. Janet truly believed that “anyone can do art” and her enthusiasm was contagious. Through the years, countless volunteers have supported the activities of the Art Barn, develop opportunities for beginners, encouraged those who are coming back to art to continue where they left off or experienced artists who display their works in the gallery and become mentors to those just starting. It is a place of inspiration for the creative soul and support for the artist within.