What's Happening at Art Barn


4th FRIDAY OPEN MIC-- Performance at the Barn plus a Facebook LIVE Event

July 24, 7-10pm

August 28,  7-10pm

September 25,  7-10pm

October 23,  7-10pm

November 27,  7-10pm

Hosted by Tim Rounds.

Register online to perform in our next event! Join us for a night of music, drama and laughter! Performers pay $2 and audience pays $4 at the door. 

You can also tune in to watch live performances from home by tuning into our Facebook LIVE stream.


To access live event click here.


Summer 2020

A paint-out reminder, with directions, will be emailed early each week.  

All paint-outs start at 8:30 am.  

Because of the Covid19 pandemic NO public restrooms will be available at ANY of our painting sites.  We will be social distancing during painting and critiques.  Bring your mask, hand sanitizer and a lawn chair for critique (and your lunch if you would like).  We will be following medical advisories and make changes to our schedule as necessary.

You may post “pop-up” paint outs on our facebook page to let others know they can join you to make up for inclement weather on our painting days.




September 19, 2020


Immerse yourself in all things creative. Roll up your sleeves or just relax and watch. Mini art lessons, art demonstrations, unicorn sighting, sunflower picking and more! There will be fun for the whole family at this free admission event!


Art Blitz helps the Art Barn highlight its educational art offerings with participatory activities, an outdoor exhibition of regional art, and collaborations with other arts organizations. The festival is designed to encourage visitors and residents of all ages to actively engage in and view various art activities.  The Art Barn offers a beautiful natural setting ideal for outdoor Plein Air painting, and a variety of creative activities. An engaging schedule of demonstrations and hands-on art activities for the whole family.


Joe Rauen Musical Experience

August 22, 7:00-8:30 pm

Joe Rauen is an artist and musician who makes one-of-a-kind musical instruments from things lost, found, or repurposed. His work incorporates the use of canes, hockey sticks, tennis racquets, household plumbing, salad bowls, cat food cans, and even a kitchen sink. His live performances consist of Rauen playing numerous instruments in combination, beatboxing, improvisation, and humor.

Rauen received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Berklee College of Music 

His appearances include:

  • The WGN Morning News

  • A year-long residency at the Ace Hotel (Chicago)

  • Fulton Market Kitchen (Chicago)

  • Cafe Mustache (Chicago)

  • Eye on the Arts

  • Art on the Air

  • Opening Reception For Things Go Bump In The Night (South Shore Arts)

  • Gary Love Fest

  • Art Blitz

  • A solo art exhibit at Union Street Gallery


In the summer of 2019 Rauen was awarded an Individual Advancement Program grant by the Indiana Arts Commission. His proposal to build a massive, colorful, sculptural musical instrument will culminate with a performance at the Art Barn. The instrument is called the Asteroidea. It stands over six feet tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has 21 strings. Some of the inspiration for this instrument comes from the instruments of Indian Classical Music. Rauen will perform the Asteroidea solo and in combination with his other creations, discuss the process of making the instrument, and take questions from the audience.



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