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The Word Barn serves as a home and cultivation point for a variety of arts and community gatherings.

Below are a few of the current offerings you can find in this space.


Ongoing Bi-Weekly Studio Painting Classes
Christopher Volpe

Evening oil painting group classes, suitable for beginners and adventurous painters alike.

Demos, instruction, refreshments, and fertile ground for skill-building and self expression.

All you need to bring is a basic painting kit (paints, brushes, mineral spirits, canvas and easel), your favorite bottle of wine (if so inclined), and your sense of adventure, as each week a new game plan is tried out for the painting du jour.

Christopher Volpe is an oil painter creating moody, poetic landscapes in an expressive, tonalist style. Though rooted in landscape, his atmospheric paintings combine the traditional and the contemporary to express intangible feelings and ideas. Largely self-taught, Volpe has quickly established himself as an artist with uncommon vision and truly evocative style.

Learn more about Christopher Volpe’s workshops, about Christopher Volpe, or visit his website.

Writing Workshops

The Word Barn offers a variety of writing workshops in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. In addition to facilitating each workshop, an experienced writing teacher provides guidance, writing prompts, and craft instruction.

Past Workshop Leaders include:  Matt Miller, Tim Horvath, Jayne Benjulian, Mercy Carbonell and Sarah Anderson

For more information, contact Sarah, or join our mailing list to receive notice of future workshops.