Museum of Northwest Art: The Barn Show

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Name: Museum of Northwest Art: The Barn Show
Date: May 4, 2020 - June 14, 2020
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From Susan Parke, Guest Curator
Third Friday of November, Fir Island.  Lavone's birthday.  The Barn Show.
I became MoNA's, (then the Valley Museum of Northwest Art) executive director in November 1990.  Almost immediately I heard talk of an annual fine art show featuring area artists, fantastic food, and interesting people, held annually in a barn on Fir Island.
1990 was the year of the great Fir Island flood.  The Barn Show wasn't canceled.  We couldn't get there by usual routes and had to take I-5 to the Conway exit to reach Lavone's property.  I'm glad we persevered.  That was the first of many November evenings spent in the company of our region's art community.
And, the art was good!  Here I was introduced to Clayton James, Bill Slater, Paul Heald, John Simon and many more whose work would end up on MoNA's walls during my tenure.  The show was so popular and so well attended that the County Fire Marshal closed it down a few years ago.  It remains, however, a highlight of our art history.
I feel particularly honored to bring the Barn Show to MoNA, as a recreation of this fine community event, albeit without the creaky floors, stairs, and Dick and Lavone's marvelous gardens, but including all the original artist participants.
Museum of Northwest Art
121 !st St
La Conner, WA
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