The Barnabee Art Gallery was established in the 1989 by Walden Baskerville, a Kalamazoo sculptor and psychologist, as a way to highlight the artistic talents of Kalamazoo school children and local artists. Created with funds from an anonymous donor, the gallery was named after an imaginary friend who played with Baskerville’s children. Today that tradition continues with several exhibits each year featuring the work of local artists of all ages.
“I always have the fear that elementary art is something we do early in our lives, then we lose it. Once we start making choices, it limits your options and imagination. I’d like to keep those options and imaginations open because it influences so many other things.”
—Walden Baskerville, Kalamazoo Gazette, 16 November 1989
Dr. Walden Baskerville
Sadly, we’ve received word that Dr. Walden Baskerville passed away at his home in Las Vegas on February 11, 2014. “He was such a delightful person,” recalled Michael Cockrell, head of adult services at KPL, “the kind of guy with a constant twinkle in his eye - and what an amazing life he lived.” Read Dr. Baskerville’s obituary...
We are very pleased to announce our current exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery loaned to us by Diane Washington. Diane is an artist from Grand Rapids. She paints African scenery and ethnic motif in acrylics. Come by and visit the Alma Powell Branch to view this great show.