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Yantis hosts fifth annual Art in the Barn, without a roof

Monica Yantis and her daughter Kristina Hebert paint together in Yantis’s studio in preparation for the upcoming Art in the Barn at the Yantis farm in Oso. - Sarah Arney
Monica Yantis and her daughter Kristina Hebert paint together in Yantis’s studio in preparation for the upcoming Art in the Barn at the Yantis farm in Oso.
— image credit: Sarah Arney

OSO — Art in the Barn will be a bit different this year — there’s no roof. The barn collapsed under the snow last winter. The end walls are still up, however, and 20 participating artists will be setting up their tents on the cement foundation and around the yard.

“We felt we had built up a good reputation and didn’t want to lose our regular patrons,” said art show host Monica Yantis, who is a member of the board of directors for the Arlington Arts Council. Presented by Yantis for the AAC, the participating artists are many of the group’s members.

“We’ve developed a good following through the years,” Yantis said, adding that the show will include many of the same excellent artists and some new ones, too.

“We’ve got a new high school student who does wonderful photography,” Yantis said.

The participants all agreed the show should stay at the Yantis farm even without the roof.

Another board member, Carey Waterworth supported keeping the same location.

“The Yantis’ yard is so beautiful, and the scenes of the valley are great fodder for inspiration,” said Waterworth, who teaches classes on Fridays in Yantis’ studio at the Oso farm. She will launch a new series on the first Friday in July, with a class on oil painting from 9:30 a.m. to noon and watercolor painting from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Another AAC board member, Nyna Doriety will offer a basic jewelry class from 12:30 - 3 p.m.

The painting classes cost $60 for four sessions and the jewelry class is $20 plus $15 for materials, each session.

Along with the host, Art in the Barn includes Arlene Swartz, Carey Waterworth, Christina Harvey, Kent Baker, Roberta Baker, Katherine M. Mardock, Rocky Barrick, Norman Kearsley, Fran Kaufman, Nyna Doriety, Lucinda Van Valkenburg, Shirley Fulfs, Helen Lueken, Laura Kuhl, Pat Oakes, Nita Dew, Erika Bruss, Kristina Hebert, Louise Magno, Sierra Engle and Elizabeth Young.

The artists offer a broad range of creative expression. From the many oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings of landscapes, still lifes and barns, to photography by Kent Baker, jewelry by Nyna Doriety, woodwork by Lucinda Van Valkenburg, wire sculpture by Erika Bruss, and pottery by Laura Kuhl, the show includes many AAC members who also show their work at Art Along the Way in offices around Arlington and at the Arlington Library.

Yantis said that her family has been instrumental in getting the collapsed barn cleaned up, with some extra help from Jim Doriety and two employees who brought some heavy equipment to remove the parts. Her sons, Brian and Barry Yantis, and her daughter and husband, Kristina and Chris Hebert, also helped, as well as the grandkids.

“The whole family chipped in,” Yantis said.

For information about the art show and the classes call Yantis at 360-435-8815 or Waterworth at 360-631-9242, or check the blog at

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