hand carved driftwood
eventually (2007, Christina Frederick Gasperi)

See update below, we have had to demolish our gallery building after Hurricane Maria heavily damaged it, and are fundraising to replace it:

The ARTbarn was an old underutilized ten by twelve foot tool shed on the west side of the farm. We needed to move it out of the way in order to finish lining a rain catchment pond, so we decided to crane it up and see if it held together long enough to relocate over near our farmstand. Indeed she did, so we cut an extra door in her and set her on a nice fresh concrete slab.

The ARTbarn gallery – as you enter the farm!

She now serves as an art gallery and the entrance to our farmstand. Customers park in our parking lot and walk through our gates, through the ARTbarn, and under a tree to the farmstand. It’s still a somewhat breezy and exposed location, so we don’t generally hang delicate works that require climate and humidity control.

Other outdoor spaces for the display of art are available, too. Eventually we would like to see sculptures around the farm entrance and in the pastures.

By default we hang a show of Christina and Luca’s work in the ARTbarn. But we are interested in showing other artists, too, and have done so several times. One of us is usually nearby during the farmstand, and we are both artists and arts professionals. Any artists interested in showing their work in the ARTbarn or in the pastures of ARTfarm, should make an appointment to come visit us on a Saturday during farmstand hours and show us what you’ve got!

Post-Hurricane Maria Update

Our ARTbarn, which serves as a studio and gallery, exploded up and out during Hurricane Maria, losing the south roof as well as the north and west walls.

Unfortunately the ARTbarn gallery was irreparably damaged in Hurricane Maria, September 2017. We temporarily repaired the roof to use it for storage during the summer following the storm season, but it has now been demolished to the slab.

PBS film crew with host LaVaughn Belle in the remaining wreckage of the ARTbarn gallery, interviewing Farmer/Artist Luca about his inspiration.

Luca had one last hurrah in the storm-halved ARTbarn gallery in August 2018, when local artist LaVaughn Belle came out to interview him with a film crew for a new program she is hosting for our local PBS station about local St. Croix artists and their inspirations. We’re looking forward to the announcement of the title and air date of the show, and will post it to our website!

…and then it was gone. ARTbarn preventatively demolished during the height of the exceptionally busy 2018 storm season.

September 2018 graced the Caribbean with more much needed rain, but plenty of PTSD: multiple massive hurricanes looming on the satellites. Sadly, it was time to fully demolish the unstable ARTbarn gallery building that was mostly destroyed in Hurricane Maria. (We are continuing to raise funds to rebuild our ARTbarn gallery as well as our destroyed seedling house to better shelter, steward and serve our customers and our seedlings!)

8 thoughts on “ARTbarn Gallery

  1. Hello! Your friend John Ogden sent me your way! My husband and I live on our Art Farm in Indiana. Your place looks amazing and I’m sorry to see that you lost your art gallery building. Best of luck raising funds for a new one, it’s no small chore! John found us via a spot about us on PBS News Hour that aired last night. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/6103GzxRfTc

    1. Hey Lisa! You and Paul are making the art Luca and I would make if we weren’t so busy raising a teenager, caring for elderly parents and running a food business. But I would agree with your response to the inevitable capitalist question, financially we are not ‘getting ahead’ but ‘making a life.’

      I appreciate the inspiration! Living on a small island full of artists it sometimes feels redundant to make art but it heals the soul.

      I do love reclaimed object art. The landfill here is so finite. Visitors often don’t get it and save half their garbage for ‘recycling’. Another myth from the plastics/oil industry.

      Congrats on the PBS piece. I wish they had focused more on your work. Do you guys have a website portfolio?

      1. Oh yes, the “recycling” of plastics, what a load of b.s. Anyway, yes we have a website http://www.ArtFarmIndiana.com the images of our work are a few years old but still totally representative of what we are doing today. We are also on Facebook and Instagram (of course) it’s how we gotta play these days. Sounds like you too are living an authentic life AND on a beautiful island – how lucky is that?! Here’s to making a life!

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