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Barnabee Art Gallery


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

Come by and visit the Alma Powell Branch Library to see the current exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery, focusing on the Motown Era and the work of Battle Creek artist Ann Rather.


Ann Rather - Battle Creek Artist

Hello, my name is Ann Rather and I have lived in the Battle Creek area my entire life. I have had an interest in 2D art since an early age. Six years ago I began to pursue my studies more seriously by taking classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. I have since moved on to private lessons studying under local master artist Kenneth Freed who has really had a large influence in the way I view and create my art.

The next two months I will have on exhibit nine examples of the chiaroscuro technic (the study of light and shade drawing and painting), two examples of colored pencil drawing and an oil painting of our family pet “Snuggles.”