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.
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
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.
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!
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!)