Just a few of our favorite things—art, barns, entertainment, food, and raising money for a good cause—will all come together at the 45th annual Art in the Barn (AITB) to be held on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 28 and 29. The treasured juried art show features more than 175 selected artists exhibiting works throughout the barns and tents situated around the property.
This well respected art show and community event draws a large audience of new and repeat visitors every year to enjoy art, entertainment, food, and other fun for the entire family. Juried art will include all mediums including oil, watercolor, pastels, drawing, acrylics, fiber, glass, photography, decoupage, jewelry, printmaking, encaustics, gourd art, reclaimed materials, ceramics, sculpture, wood, and mixed media.
Live entertainment will range from performances by Barrington Youth Symphony Orchestra and Barrington Children’s Choir to music by Tom Morris, Terry Doran, John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart, and The Allstars Unplugged, to name a few. Food and drink for purchase will include the Brat Tent sponsored by Good Shepherd Hospital, MJ’s Coffee, Riverside Chocolate, The Great Grape, Kountry Kettlecorn, and Nothing Bundt Cake.
This year, Country magazine is pleased to give readers a snapshot of four local Barrington artists that will be exhibiting at AITB next month:
Anita Peters has lived in Barrington, where she raised her children, for more than 20 years. She expresses her artistic creativity through her wire jewelry. “My designs are ancient art forms of wire sculpture, chain maille, and metalsmithing, which I hand-fabricate by manipulating mixed metals into one-of-a-kind designs that blend modern and ancient arabesque styles,” she says. Peters has been exhibiting her jewelry at AITB for 10 years. “Art in the Barn is my favorite show because it supports our hospital and brings the community together. There is no other show around like this, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” she adds.
Jeani Allaway moved to Barrington 40 years ago with her family. “We settled in two old homes needing total renovation and currently live in our second home in Barrington Hills” she says. As an ASID interior designer by trade, she made her career in interior design for 30 years before deciding to phase out her business in 2008. That was around the time that she took a class in watercolor painting, then later, oil painting classes at Mainstreet Art. Currently, her artwork is focused on animal and children’s portraits in watercolor and oil, which is what she will be show- ing at AITB. “I am honored to be selected by a jury to show at Art in the Barn and in my hometown,” she adds. “Being surrounded by fellow artists in this show is a testament to our love for the arts. It is a festive environment with dedicated people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to organize the event. I am grateful to be a part of this fundraiser doing what I love with an opportunity to give back to our community.”
Rebecca Kay grew up in Barrington and now lives in Lake in the Hills with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. She remembers watching her mother paint in the desert, and began taking art classes at age 10 from local artist Jill Funk. At Barrington High School, Kay took full advantage of the art program. “BHS’s art department offered a phenomenal program, launching me into experiencing various mediums, like etching on litho-stones, lost wax, and processing my photography,” she says. After earning her BFA from Millikin University, she went on to learn techniques of glass fiber rein- forced concrete (a type of sculpture), which be- came her chosen artistic medium. She has created quite a range of pieces from countertops, with integral sinks and islands, to tabletops, side tables, medallions, and planters. This will be Kay’s fifth year exhibiting at AITB. “My current body of work is relatively new; it incorporates design and textural elements found in nature and allows people to bring nature design into their homes,” she adds. “I grew up experiencing Art in the Barn and loved being able to share it with my kids. I also love the wonderful eclectic blend of fine art mediums; there’s always something different on exhibit.”
Karen Plummer has lived in Barrington since 1987. “I love the older homes, the friendly people, and the feeling that you are living in the country. It’s a great place to live and raise a family, and still have access to art galleries, museums, and other artists,” she says. Plummer currently focuses on fiber art. She has also taught classes or workshops on watercolor painting, wool needle felting, and silk painting around the northwest suburbs. She has been exhibiting and selling hand-painted silk scarves and wool felted items at AITB since 2012. “This was my first large art fair and my fellow participants were very friendly and supportive,” she explains. “They freely gave me advice and shared their knowledge on how to sell my work.” Plummer says that she values her participation in the annual show and now tries to pay that help forward by welcoming new artists and helping them have a successful show. “Most people don’t realize that an artist creates in a tiny bubble,” she adds. “I love to hear the comments about my art from people who attend the show.”