About The Arts Barn Gallery & Antiques
Deborah Cooper of Schuylkill Haven has multiple friends who wished to get their work seen so she decided to convert her country barn into an arts co-op. Years ago, she ran a very successful “Toy Barn” in the same space with creative and educational toys.
What artist is very good at marketing? Most would much rather be in the studio creating.
With horses munching only a few feet away and a babbling brook, The Arts Barn has become a great setting where residents and tourists can find unique and remarkable art & antiques. With a woodstove, hot complimentary beverages and cookies always available, she’s created a very welcoming setting in which to browse and chat with an artist and perhaps even catch one at work.
The Toy Barn was born in 1985, a few miles outside of Orwigsburg, out of Deborah’s desire to give her kids the best toys out there. Toys that were educational, fun and well made. In the 12 years since the store closed, the space became a repository of all sorts of interesting but unused antiques. The Arts Barn was born when she realized that most of her friends were artists, all hard working and very talented, and yet they had no outlet for their work except the occasional art show. The antiques became the showcases for the art, and the walls that once held shelves of crafts, music, and dolls became the walls that now hold incredible works of arts.
In the Arts Barn you can find leatherwork, chainsaw carving, forged ironwork, quilts, wildlife art, landscape paintings, photography, relief printing, jewelry, turned woodwork, painted silk scarves, pottery and much more arriving every week. All the art is original and created by local artists.
The Arts Barn is a great place to find a unique gift for anyone on your Holiday gift list. In the antique area, maybe a Hoosier cabinet or Prizerware porcelain cast iron casseroles that will catch your eye.
In the crafts department, it might be a handcrafted leather journal, handmade clay beads in a colorful bracelet, a photograph of Assateague Island’s famous ponies, a rug hooking of Santa Claus, or a quilted table scarf made of antique fabrics.
In the Fine Arts, perhaps a carving of red tail hawks, an oil painting of a beautiful scene from one of America’s National Parks, a set of hand forged dragon candlesticks, a painting of an osprey using coffee as the medium, or a wood cut of some Holstein cows will become a must have for your home.