BARN opens its door for public tours

BARN is opening its barn doors for its first live event in a couple of years due to COVID-19.

The Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network’s “Spring Sampler” offers tours and demonstrations May 1 from 1-4 p.m.

The free family-friendly event will allow visitors to do a self-guided tour of all 10 BARN studios, meet artisans in action, watch live demonstrations, and participate in hands-on activities. Registration is required; sign up for a time slot at BARN, located at 8890 Three Tree Lane, is limited in the number of people it can have there at any one time.

Attractions include:

• Electronic & Technical Arts: Watch 3D printers in action and learn about the laser cutters and other tools

• Fiber Arts: Try your hand at weaving on a loom

• Glass Arts: See a display of different types of glass art created in the studio

• Kitchen Arts: Help make (and eat) hand pies.

• Media Arts: Make a short video and audio recording about what you’ve seen at BARN

• Print & Book Arts: See linocut printmaking, letterpress and book-making demonstrations

• Woodworking: Volunteers will be demonstrating the use of the many tools in the woodshop

• Writers: Interactive magnetic poetry

BARN is a maker space and learning place on BI whose mission is to grow and inspire a creative community through craft, learning and service.

To accomplish that mission, BARN

• Maintains a well-equipped facility with a variety of craft studios.

• Offers access to all the studios for members as well as the public.

• Offers classes and events that increase the ability of participants to learn and expand their skills.

• Supports other nonprofits through community service work.