{Anita + Betsy}

​​​"Barn's Burnt.  Now I can see the moon."


Made from architectural elements and re purposed materials, the art from Burnt Barn Studio is food for the eyes.  Often featuring vibrant hues and striking images, pieces range from functional to decorative and are created in Hudson Valley New York by mother and daughter team, Betsy Gorman and Anita Bernardi.

 

Our shop name takes inspiration from a 17th century Japanese poet and samurai.  After watching his barn burn to the ground Mizuta Masahide wrote the haiku, "Barn's burnt, now I can see the moon."  It reminds us that with every challenge, every transition or setback there are opportunities and glimmers of divine grace.  And, within every discarded or abandoned door, window or fragment of crown molding lies a storied canvass, itself a symbol of strength, resilience and optimism.  We love the synchronicity in that.  Welcome to Burnt Barn Studio!  

Our medium of choice is architectural elements and caches of all things lovingly worn by time and use. We are proud to partner with area carpenters, contractors and farmers who share our passion for infusing new life into the hardworking, beautiful old building materials that grace the venerable homes and barns in our region. Together we are caretakers of the past.  

(Betsy) I love working with images of Frida Kahlo.  My love for all things Frida is linked directly to my grandmother Anita Consuelo Madriaga.  Like Frida, my Gramma Anita was born in 1907 and like Frida she was half German and half indigenous Mexican (Mexican Indian).  Both lived in Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution and were greatly shaped by the city's fierce independent spirit and its European influence. Gramma Anita was worldly and feisty and she introduced me to the vibrant work of Frida when I was a child.  She spoke four languages, traveled the world and loved pretty things. She influenced me tremendously-- I named my first born for her--and she imparted her love of art, exploration and independence. She lived to be 102. Every time I invoke Frida Kahlo and her transcendent force, I summon my adored Gramma and it feels like home.

Betsy's Frida Fido was a commissioned installation of the Downtown is Pawsome, the 2017 outdoor Placemaking project that features 20  3-foot-tall sculptures of Albany’s famous canine resident,"Nipper", the RCA dog.  The sculptures are on display at locations throughout Albany, New York's downtown business and entertainment corridors from June 2017 through May 2018. 

We deconstruct, then we reconstruct, our challenge always being to see beyond disparate parts to create a new whole that looks like it always existed.  An eclectic collection of images adorn our designs, each one different, each one hand crafted in the bucolic realm of our Hudson Valley, New York studio.  


Our work inspires you to look carefully at the world around you and discover charm in unusual places.  Treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, the ordinary: whatever is made out of caring.  Respect what people have built for themselves.  Find the beauty in a battered old wooden storefront, porch or barn while it still stands. 


Thanks for stopping by!  We  hope you find something that delights you and makes you smile.  And remember, "There is beauty in everything, just not everyone sees it."
- Anita + Betsy

upcoming 2017 EVENTS: 

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SNOW FARM SECONDS SALE
November 10-26th

@ Snow Farm
Williamsburg, MA


THE SHOP AT THE ARTS CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Nov. 25 Dec. 23, Troy NY


HUDSON VALLEY HULLABALOO
November 18-19
@ Andy Murphy Center
Kingston, NY


SELF MADE: A MAKERS COLLECTIVE
December 2-3
@ American Legion
Beacon, NY


ALCHEMY INITIATIVE HANDMADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

December 2-3

@ Stationery Factory
Dalton, MA

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MID-HUDSON MARKETPLACE FALL FESTIVAL
Sunday October 8th 5-9PM
@ Nostrano Vinyards
Milton, NY


FALL FOR ARTS
Thursday Sept. 7th 5-9PM
@ The Chateau
Kingston, NY 


413 MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Sat-Sun August 19-20
@ The Stationary Factory
Dalton, MA

MARKETS AT ROUND LAKE
Sat-Sun August 12-13
@ NY 31 Village of Round Lake, ​Round Lake, NY


​SELF MADE: A MAKERS COLLECTIVE
​Sat May 6th
@ University Settlement Camp
Beacon, NY


TROY COLLAR CITY CRAFT FEST:
Fri-Sat April 28-29 
@
Art Center of the Capital Region
Troy, NY


FIND US HERE:

Arts Center of the Capital Region "Collective Charm" Group Exhibit 
Foyer Gallery: 
Through-October 2017
T
roy, NY


Albany is Pawsome Public Art Project, Albany, NY: Through May, 2018


​Five & Dime Vintage,
Hudson, NY


Elissa Halloran Designs Albany, NY


Sanctuary Home
Beacon, NY