The barn, designed and built using traditional Norwegian joinery techniques, will be here for centuries after I'm gone.

Meadowlark Designs is, of course, where my shop is and where I work everyday building my furniture designs. And I get a lot done in my 26 x 20 space! But there’s more to Meadowlark Designs.

I’ll start with the barn because it says a lot about the spirit of what has and will continue to become Meadowlark Designs.

 House of Opus Craticium excavated from the ruins of Vesuvius cir. 79 AD.

House of Opus Craticium excavated from the ruins of Vesuvius cir. 79 AD.

Like many, I find the style of a timber frame appealing. But, that it is style wrought from something highly functional is even more intriguing. After all some of these types of wooden structures are known to be over 1,200 years old making their constructors residents of AD800! (in fact the most ancient example was excavated from the ruins of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD79 - known as the House of Opus Craticium)

My ambition was not only to build a barn in this style for personal gratification, but also to create something of lasting beauty that would endure many times my lifetime. The beautiful, rolling meadows of Lyman provide the perfect setting for this to be enjoyed as a fitting landmark for many generations to come.

 

 

 

In olden days it was common for folks to get together and raise these timber framed barns and houses as a community. People of those times depended on their communities and were much closer because of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Barns made popular community gathering places for informal meetings and of course barn dances!

Today, barns have become increasingly popular for all types of events.

 

A barn raising cir. 1880

A community gathering

A "hoe down", the barn dance derived from the farming community

As I said, I get a lot done in my 26 x 20 (520 sq ft) shop space, but the barn is 40 x 40. There’s an additional 660 square feet inside, but separate from the shop, which makes perfect gallery space to show what I make.

In Lyman, or Maine in general for that matter, there is a rich and vibrant arts community. Coming from a long line of artists, I have a deep appreciation of what art really means to a community. In fact in one form or another art is the glue that binds communities and creates the lore that defines them for future generations.

The idea seems only natural. I have space to display my art, but have space for others as well and want to do something to foster arts in Lyman; a township which I believe lends itself very well to the idea. So, I’ve decided to invite select Maine artists to display a sampling of their work in the space I have available. I don’t charge any commissions or fees, but also rotate artists to give other worthy artists space. We will rotate our artists 3 – 4 times over spring to fall and hold a weekend opening for each new grouping. We plan on 3 or 4 guest artists at a time, so as many as 16 might display here over the 3 season period. We also are participating in the Art Trail of the Kennebunks, a chamber sponsored self-guided tour, on four Friday nights over the summer so a different artist grouping will be assembled for each of these. We will also include bios of sitting and upcoming artists in our newsletters, website,  Facebook, and of course here in the gallery. Work can also be seen during the week or by appointment since I’m working here almost all the time. For notifications on what’s happening here, check our events page or subscribe to our newsletter.

We hope our first year’s experiment in showcasing local artists is a successful one. At present we have a variety of painters, photographers, a few sculptors in various mediums, a potter, and maybe even music. Now that’s art! We encourage all the muses to take part in what we hope will be a unique and eclectic experience for all!

Thanks for reading!

Pete

 

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