My enthusiastic friend Gina Michel came up with the bright idea to put on an exhibition of local artists during the Whidbey Island Garden Tour. The Garden Tour proceeds provide funding to local groups, including the food bank and the veggie garden at the middle school. Over the past 22 years, the tour has raised more than $300,000 for charities. That's a group worth supporting.
Jean Brown's gardens were on the tour this year and it seemed like the perfect place to hold the show, especially because the barn holds a secret...
It holds a beautiful little gallery space!
The gallery sits right in the middle of the old hay loft, with the soaring ribs of the barn ceiling way, way above. So Whidbey Island.
The moody lighting in the dark barn makes you feel like you've entered another little world.
We had a steady stream of visitors all day. After a day of wandering in the beautiful outdoors, I'm sure it came as a complete surprise to wander into the barn and find a gallery full of art.
Here's a pic of the intrepid art promoter with a piece she made to help raise money for the garden tour charities.