Located in a historic stone barn on Pothouse Road, just outside Phoenixville, the gallery's grand opening celebration also included live entertainment by a local jazz quartet, along with light refreshments.

With five large exhibit spaces, Barnstone is one of the largest galleries in the region devoted exclusively to contemporary American fine art. Barnstone represents more than 35 artists and craftspersons from throughout the United States, all working in different styles and media. In addition to painting and sculpture, Barnstone exhibits a full complement of original crafts, including glass, ceramics, and jewelry.

The airy, two-story space currently features the work of ten painters and craft artists, in such diverse fields as jewelry design and ceramics.

Barnstone is the fulfillment of gallery director Lynn Detwiler's lifelong dream to present fine art in a friendly, down-to-earth setting.

The gallery is housed in a renovated 19th-century dairy barn that has been in the Detwiler family since the early 1940. Over that time, the property would become a lumber yard, antique store, and finally, Barnstone Gallery, when Lynn and husband Brint Detwiler reinvented the space to meet the cultural needs of their rapidly growing Chester County community.

As the mother of three children, Detwiler's goal is to share her experience making art part of her family's everyday life. She envisions Barnstone as an artistic community center that involves people in surrounding neighborhoods. She plans outreach programs to local schools, including a separate gallery space for student art. Other events will make use of Barnstone's ample meeting and conference facilities.

Barnstone Gallery is located at 388 W. Pothouse Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; call 610-917-0140.

- Submitted for the Barnstone Gallery

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