One of the things I am most proud of here in our little town of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is the Red Barn Theatre! It is a most loved and favorite summertime activity of locals and tourists alike! An old dairy barn was renovated back in the late 60's and serves as the theatre to a lively and talented group of thespians who entertain throughout the summer (as the barn has no heat... or air conditioning).
The former haymow of the old barn serves as the theatre. The lower level is the art gallery and popcorn and coke bar where guests go during intermission for refreshments and to view the artwork of featured local artists. And I am very proud to announce that my hubby Dave and I are the featured artists for the opening play which starts tomorrow evening!
Dave, as many of you know is a super talented outdoor and wildlife photographer! He has never displayed his work before so the last few weeks we've been busy framing and organizing some of his best work. We used mostly old barn board for frames as it fits in nicely with the rustic aspect of the old barn.
My rugs, displayed as art, add the softness and textural feeling to the display.
I had to show you the steps coming down in the former silo! You can still see the round shape of the cement wall where the silo once was.
The set for this play entitled "The Spitfire Grill" ( a musical) was designed and painted by our friend and artist Nancy Dutmer. Nancy sings and acts in many of the plays at the barn, too. Dave and I have complimentary tickets to see the play Saturday night! I can hardly wait! It's our anniversary this weekend too! What better way to spend it than at the Red Barn on a nice summer evening!
More shots inside the old barn...
Dave and Don Ruedy (left) standing in the silo stairwell! Don is a fabulous artist and often displays his artwork here in the gallery. He is the art director for the Barn and was an art teacher at the local college campus here for many years. I actually had him for a teacher back in the day when I attended college.
A shot of the dressing rooms for the players!
Lots of work goes into the upkeep of the barn and the grounds.
So wish us luck for our first show here at the Red Barn Theatre!
Thank you for all the nice comments on my last post and the debut of my newest rug and pattern~
Tree Birds is part of the display at the Barn...
I will answer your questions about the wools I used in the next post! Thank you to all who ordered the pattern! I think you'll enjoy hooking it!
Talk to you soon!