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Arts Barn prepares for collaborative show, auction

June 23, 2014

By Gabriella O'Grady, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.

June 23--Schuylkill County's first Collaborative Art Show and Auction will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven.

The event is a fundraiser by The Arts Barn, Schuylkill Haven, a nonprofit art and education gallery.

Artwork being presented and put on auction include a wooden chess set, a chess set made of stained glass and beads, lamps, sculptures and framed two- and three-dimensional pieces.

"Between two and 10 people have worked on these pieces," Deborah Cooper, director of The Arts Barn, said.

The collaborating artists are some of the area's best in their respective forms, which include woodwork, stained glass, pointillism, hand-painting, felting, metalwork and claywork.

There will be entertainment by the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble and catering by Ruby's Kitchen.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Tickets are available at The Arts Barn by calling 570-366-8736, or through Ruby's Kitchen and the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble.

The funds raised through the event will help The Arts Barn continue offering free classes and camps, Cooper said. One class that Cooper plans to fund is The Arts Barn Art and Nature Kids Camp, a weeklong program where children learn about mammals, fish, birds and flowers. Camp attendees will also be able to work on projects they can take home and, depending on the age group, different experiments.

"When I first decided to start the camp up, I wanted it to be a little bit different than the other art camps being offered," Cooper said.

In addition to funding the classes and camps, Cooper said she wants to be able to provide students with scholarships.

The Arts Barn also collaborated with the Schuylkill Conservation District to bring Patrick M. "Porcupine Pat" McKinney once per session with nature scopes and magnifying glasses to work with the kids in environmental education.

Camp times for ages 6 to 8 are from 9 to noonJuly 14 through 18 and from 1 to 4 p.m.July 21 through 25. Camp times for ages 9 to 12 are from 1 to 4 p.m.July 14 through 18 and from 9 a.m. to noonJuly 21 through 25. Each weeklong session costs $99. Those interested in signing a child up for the camp may call 570-366-8736.

Cooper has been the director since The Arts Barn opened five years ago.

"We started with six local artists, now have over 110 showcased," she said.

She started The Arts Barn as a place for friends to display their art, but it eventually grew into a place for children's programming as well.

"I wanted to give them an opportunity for somewhere to put their work," Cooper said. "The education kind of just grew on us. We started classes and everyone loved it."

Cooper said she hopes to continue the kids' camp in the future.

"We will keep adding and growing," she said.


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