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The World of Frida
Bedford Gallery
Walnut Creek, CA:
Through Sept 2018


Arlene's Artist Material
Albany, NY


​Albany Center Gallery

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Elissa Halloran Designs

Albany, NY


Sanctuary Home
Beacon, NY


Great Finds
​Valatie, NY


Soul to Sole
Falmouth, MA

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ARLENE'S ARTIST MATERIALS
'Til December 24th
@ Arlenes, Albany, NY

THE SHOP AT THE ARTS CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION
Nov. 25 Dec. 23, Troy NY

HUDSON VALLEY HULLABALOO
November 17-18
@ Andy Murphy Center
Kingston, NY

ALCHEMY INITIATIVE HANDMADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
December 1-2
@ Stationery Factory
Dalton, MA


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 challenge your assumptions of permanence, look carefully at the world around you and discover charm in unusual places.  Respect what our foregoers have gifted us and find the beauty in our shared past.   


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

(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.

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


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 stationery features eye-catching, vintage photographs with lively illustrations and ponderous thoughts.  

 

Our medium of choice is architectural elements, vintage photographs and caches of all things lovingly worn by time and use. We are proud to partner with area carpenters and historians who share our passion for infusing new life into the lasting vestiges of a bygone era.  Together we are caretakers of the past.  


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 down, 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, photo 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!  

{Anita + Betsy}