Date: 
Sat, 09/19/2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

The festival is designed to encourage visitors and residents of all ages to actively engage in various art activities.  Art Barn’s retreat-like atmosphere provides plenty of inspiration for creative minds.  Our galleries will be open duirng the live streamed event for those who might wish to view our exhibitions.

Due to COVID-19 concerns this year’s Art Blitz will be live streamed to enable us to reach the maximum number of individuals.  Access can be reached at artbarnschool.org or directly from our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ArtBarnSchoolofArt/.

“The safety of our students, volunteers, staff and visitors is a top priority. After much discussion the Art Barn board and staff decided to transform the programming elements of Art Blitz into a virtual event”, said Art Barn Executive Director, Amy Davis Navardauskas. “We want the event to be accessible to everyone, and this is the safest way for us to provide that.”   

Scheduled live-streamed activities include a watercolor demo with Julia Holmaas, a clay demo with Harold Woodridge in our Ceramic Arts Studio, and a drawing demo with Sharon Angelina in our main classroom. Witness the process of weaving - from raw fiber to woven completion - with 3 Moons Fiber Works.  Watch a demonstration of nature Impressions with clay with Gail Woolever in our Ceramic Arts Studio as well as our Art In Quarantine Awards presentation, and finally a demo on cell phone photography tips & tricks with Steve Bensing.  There may even be a unicorn sighting, and a few other surprises along the way!

A highlight of schedule will be an awards presentation to the winners of Art Barn’s highly successful “Art in Quarantine” exhibition.  More than 60 art works were submitted by 35 artists. The online exhibition is on view on the Art Barn website and the award winning works are on display in the Art Barn lobby through September 30, 2020. Also on exhibition is our annual Children's Art Exhibit which celebrates the work of 14 current and former students ages 5 through 17. The 2020 show features work, created both in class and at home. In addition to Art Blitz hours, our galleries are open during regular business hours which are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

“A live-streamed Art Blitz gives us the opportunity to present to the public the phenomenal art resources of the Art Barn,” said Navardauskas.  “You will be able to see art demonstrations in many media, for adults and children on our beautiful 69-acre campus.”  Art Barn, with a 40 year history of serving experienced and emerging artists in the region, is engaged in a growth strategy with expanded art offerings, coupled with upgrades of its historic facilities.

Art Blitz is the kickoff of the fall educational program of art instruction in drawing, painting, pastel, ceramics, photography as well as our popular summer camps for kids.  In addition to instruction for beginning and intermediate students, Art Barn has a reputation for drawing teaching artists from around the country for exceptional weekend intensives including the upcoming fall workshops with Mark VanderVinne (August 27-30), Peggy Macnamara (October 10), and Eileen Sudzina (November 6-8) which are currently accepting registrations. Information for all programs is available at https://www.artbarnschool.org/.  

Art Barn offers both on-line and in-person instruction.  The 69-acre Art Barn is particularly suited for in- person classes in full compliance with health requirements.  Art instruction is conducted with social distancing, ongoing sanitizing, handwashing protocols and mask requirements being carefully observed.