In 2003, Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) established the art gallery in the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore. Rotating painting, photography, and educational exhibits several times a year, themes of the selected shows reflect the natural or cultural aspects of the Seashore and surrounding area.
The Red Barn Art Exhibitions of 2011 included:
Grounded: A California Indian Life
Artist Kathleen Rose Smith's artwork depicting California Indian life was on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, October 10, 2011, through Friday, January 6, 2012.
In conjunction with this art exhibition were two events held at the Red Barn Classroom.
"Limantour Estero Paintings"
Artist Leslie Allen's oil paintings of Limantour Estero were on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, July 8, 2011, through Friday, September 30, 2011. There was also an artist's reception at the Red Barn Classroom on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Mill Valley painter Leslie Allen's large-format oil paintings feature views from and within Limantour Estero, just south of Drakes Estero, on Point Reyes. They are recollections of one blissfully warm and windless, very low-tide afternoon in September. They are also faithful and lovingly rendered, authentic representations of the particular ecology and natural history of this extraordinary place.
"My goal is to distill that sense of spacious calm, to declare my reverence for this interface between the ocean and the earth. I have observed that in seeking the subtle patterns in nature, they become apparent only with prolonged looking, which gradually becomes deeper seeing."
"In and Around the Point Reyes National Seashore"
Artist Carol Branan's oil paintings of scenes in the Point Reyes area were on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, April 11, 2011, through Thursday, June 30, 2011. There was also an artist's reception at the Red Barn Classroom on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
"A Celebration of Art and the Community"
Artwork from Volume III of the West Marin Review was on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, January 10, 2011, through Thursday, March 31, 2011. There was also a Book Release Party at the Red Barn Classroom on Sunday, January 23, 2011.
Last updated: February 23, 2019