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
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...
Now On Display
The Alma Powell Branch Library is proud to display the work of local photographer, Thomas Hansen. Mr. Hansen has retired from his passion of photographing youth of all ages and nationalities from all over the greater Kalamazoo area and abroad. These photos are of school students, athletes, graduates and musicians that date back two decades or more. Mr. Hansen has gifted his entire collection of photographs to the care of local author and publisher Sonya Hollins. Sonya works with a board of several students who have taken responsibility for the upkeep of this massive collection. The collection offers a diverse display of Mr. Hansen’s handiwork.
Come by and visit the Alma Powell Branch Library to see this great exhibit.