My Art Barn Reveal-Come on in!

At long last we had a photo shoot this past weekend to showcase the interior of the art barn, and I am really thrilled to share with you detailed shots of this building that took just about two years to see to fruition.




Barn for web

The front of the barn has three glass garage doors (they are all open in the above shot). I wanted glass garage doors so 1) the view can be enjoyed while working inside, 2) lots of natural light can come in, and 3) the porch can essentially be an extension of the work area.  What is lovely about the Bay Area/Napa, is the climate is very mild here (I don’t even own an a/c unit in my house or in the barn). So more often than not, I have those glass garage doors open.


Here’s a shot from the right side of the barn with the closest garage door open. The upstairs leads to my office and sitting area with a sleeper sofa. (I’d share a picture of that area but it is my office space…nothing to see except files of paperwork and a very cluttered desk.)


Detail of the left side of the barn. All of these tables rise and lower for either sewing (sitting) or screen printing (standing). I have 15 of them, and they are so lightweight and easy to move around. (Note: if you are looking for tables that rise and lower, you won’t typically find them in a big box hardware store, you have to order them online. I purchased mine online from Home Depot.)


Panoramic view of the barn from the bar area.


And yet anther angle.



My bins of fabric are about as organized as I will ever have them.


This antique hutch (anchored to the wall in case of an earthquake) houses all of my fabric yardage. I’ll come clean and tell you I took a lot OUT for this photo so it looked organized and neat, and you can’t see what a fabric hoarder I really am.




Above is an old antique workbench I found and where I house my ironing station. You can’t get a sense for how big this table is in this photo but it is enormous and great to put projects-in-progress on. The art quilt above is by Betty Hahn; it reminds me of my beloved city by the bay.


The sitting area for scheming new ideas.


Behind some very tall sliding barn doors is my wet studio with a deep, wide sink for fabric dyeing. To the left of that sink is a stacked washer/dryer and a shelving system where I store all of my printmaking materials.



The Pokey Pour bar area for wine and coffee, with a (smallish) Pokey Pour of a wine from a vineyard up the street.

Thanks for having an initial look! I have a lot more pictures that I’ll mostly be sharing on social media. All of the offsite workshops for Craft Napa 2017 that are taking place here at the barn are sold out, so shortly I will announce some other smaller offerings here and there.

Now I am going to do what I have wanted to do for a LONG TIME, and that is I am going to go turn this place into an arty mess.


*Photo credit for all photographs: Indigo Perez

43 responses

  1. It is glorious!!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It’s a beautiful dream come true. Everything you deserve.

  2. The time & care you took to get this space ideal truly shows. Would love to experience it in-person sometime. Well done

  3. beautiful, hope some day to see it in person.. One suggestion, I found this out later in my studio. I had open shelves stacking my fabric also.. problem, because of the beautiful windows and sun, seeing to the outside etc, my fabric had fade marks where the folds were… So naturally I had to over dye the fabric, but in some cases had to cut out those areas..

  4. Congratulations Pokey. Your vision has materialized. You are an inspiration to so many. God bless you in all your new ventures.

  5. I love it! You must be so thrilled to see if completed. And you know most of us hoard fabric, or hedging against inflation as,I like to think of it!

  6. Stunning snd breath taking. I am thrilled for you that you made your dream a reality. Are you planning to
    Rent this space to groups in the future? Are there B and B’s nearby? Well done congratulations

  7. I am looking forward…. so much …. to coming to the workshops in January. I am taking the art history and Jane LaFazio’s class. Will either of them be offered in The Art Barn? Mary Ritter | pokeysponderings posted: “At long last we had a photoshoot this past weekend to showcase the interior of the art barn, and I am really thrilled to share with you detailed shots of this building that took just about two years to see to fruition.   Th” | |

  8. Pokey, The photos of your art barn are breathtaking! You must be very proud of all the planning and hard work it took to see your vision come to fruition. I hope to see it in person someday!!

  9. Your beautiful and inviting Art Barn Rocks! The lovely garage doors make my heart go pitter patter! How wonderful to have all that natural light shining upon the creativity that will occur in this very special space. May you have the best of times for decades to come! Hopefully, I can take a class in the future.

    Hope Your Day is Merry & Bright,

  10. My comments:
    1) you’re such a doll!!! Okay,
    2) Can I just please move in? I won’t even be noticed probably…
    3) Where is the room full of tubas?
    4) Wow. If I had 1/50 th of your artistic organizing ability I’d be happy.
    5) Wow, it’s completely mind bogglingly gorgeous!
    6) see comment #2. 🙂

  11. Hi Nikita, Thanks for your interest! This blog is migrating to a new site, new name in a matter of days, but I have not announced it yet. I will post the change very shortly. Thanks so much for asking!~Pokey

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