An art show on the road to the dump? We followed the signs from Route 209 and drove past the dump to an old Maine barn where there was, in fact, an art show of local artists. Andrea Brand, a Maine artist, had pulled the show together. By the next summer, she had turned the barn into a full-time seasonal gallery and we went there this week, just as her second full season was ending. We bought a sea glass sailboat, ladybug painted rocks, a photo of a juvenile sea gull swimming above its reflection in the glassy wake of a fishing boat, and a love collage.
We also got to chat with Andrea. She said that on her first date with her husband, he charmed her by bringing her out to this barn, which was at the time filled with baby pigs. Now, he is a lobsterman and she uses the barn for her art and her gallery. She also said that one of the many things she loves about her husband is that he leaves her alone to do her work.
I loved seeing the materials on her work table–jars and jars of sea glass sorted by color, shells, sand dollars, paints, driftwood, twine. I love that she has has created such space in her life to do her art–and that with the barn gallery, she created space to show and sell not just her art, but also the art of others in the community to those of us willing to stop by. And that she created it in a barn on a side road with little through traffic–other than the traffic to the dump, for which most cars would turn around after getting to the dump without ever passing the barn) and no other commercial enterprises–it was not an obvious space for a gallery, except for within her vision and willingness to create it. (She also has a blog if you want to check it out.)