ARLINGTON — After 10 years, the Arlington Arts Council’s annual “Art at the Barn” welcomed its last crowd of attendees to the Yantis family farmyard in Oso on June 29-30.
“It’s been great fun, but our family has been getting older, so it’s been a bit harder to cope with the stresses of helping to set this up,” said Monica Yantis, an Arlington Arts Council member and one of the hosts of the “Art at the Barn,” who presented her own oil paintings, watercolors and pencil artworks this year. “We’re looking for other adventures.”
“We’re just happy and grateful for the 10 years of service that the Yantis family has provided us,” Arlington Arts Council President Sarah Arney said. “Their farm allowed our artists to be reunited, hang out together and showcase their work in a beautiful setting. The big debate now is whether we should find a new location for a new art show.”
Arlington Arts Council Board member Roberta Baker echoed Arney’s praise for the Yantis family’s hospitality, and proudly touted the diversity of this year’s 20 artists, all of whom she credited with having fans, including the musical performers.
“One lady called me last night wanting to know when Paul Nyenhuis would be playing his flutes,” Baker said on June 29. “She’s never missed one of his shows. Attendance has stayed fairly steady throughout the event, even with the weather being a bit warm. We’ve got a good variety of art here, and it’s great that people get to meet the artists who made it.”
Rod Sylvester has been painting for 36 years, since he was 19 years old, but this year marked his first as a showcased artist at the “Art at the Barn” event.
“I love nature, and the need to express that feeling is a constant driving force,” said Sylvester, who presented his oil paintings, photography and mixed media artwork at the Yantis family farmyard. “I try to relate to people through my art by capturing moments that I can connect to in my own life, and that they might be able to connect to in theirs. Being here has been hot but fun. I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to my work.”
“I’m thankful to all the people who have participated in this event,” Yantis said. “I continue to support local art and artists, and I always appreciate it when they can converge.”