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.
“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
Today that tradition continues with several exhibits each year featuring the work of local artists of all ages.
Students from Northglade Montessori Magnet School and Greenwood Elementary present “Peace Portraits.”