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'Barnstorming' mixes art, historic barns

June 15, 2007

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Landmarks Foundation will showcase 12 older and unusual barns during a one-day "Barnstormers Tour" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

The tour also will feature painters at the barns. The public can watch artists capture the old buildings on canvas. Paintings will be sold at the end of the day and a portion of the proceeds will go toward Landmarks Foundation efforts to preserve the barns of Frederick County.

Artists will meet at the Ramshorn Farm with their paintings for a show and sale from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the show and sale is free for Barnstormers tour ticket holders, or $5 per person. The paint show and sale will include refreshments provided by the Home at Braddock Inn, live music by Out of the Blue, and an opportunity to meet and chat with artists.

Local artist Walt Bartman, whose original painting is featured on a promotional poster for the Barnstormers Tour and Paint-Out, will be on hand to sign posters. In addition, Ira Wexler, an advertising and architectural photographer, will share his vision of these barns with a display of special giclee prints.

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Any artists interested in participating should call Paula Rubin-Wexler at 301-371-3420 or e-mail paularw@earthlink.net.

The self-guided Barnstormer's Tour includes 12 Middletown Valley barns: Hawk Wood Farm, the Gilligan Barn, High Cirrus Farm, Joe Brown's Store Barn, the South Mountain Barn, the old barn at Surreybrooke Garden Center, the Stone Manor Barn, Well Intended Farm, the Ramshorn Farm, the Segal Farm, and Ostertag Vistas.

Docents will be at each barn, providing information and escorting people to areas of interest. Tickets to the event include a brochure with a detailed map and descriptions of the barns.

Tickets cost $15; free for ages 16 and younger. Tickets will be available the day of the event at any of the participating barns. Call 301-293-2215.

The tour will raise funds for Landmarks Foundation efforts to increase public awareness, create understanding and inspire a passion for the older barns of Frederick County.

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