Greetings and welcome to Barn Swallow Artists’ (BSA) website and blog! We’re Lauri and Lynn and we invite you to travel along with us on our adventure. We’re just regular people with big ideas and plenty of energy. We started BSA in the fall of 2018. Until then, we’d been creating in our own home studios and dreaming of an outlet for our art and our ideas. We knew there were many talented artists and makers out there wanting the same thing… a way to share and market their creations. With that idea in mind, we “hatched” our business, Barn Swallow Artists. Our first BSA market took place in November 2018 in Lynn’s barn in Carlton, Oregon. Twelve amazing artists set up their booths in the barn. Our goal, for each artist booth, was to provide an “experience” for the shopper by being unique, engaging and unusual. No draped folding tables for us… our artists hit a home run with custom displays, chandeliers, tree branches, lights… you get the idea. It was amazing! And, in spite of torrential rains, Barn Swallow Artists soared.
With that success under our belt, our BSA business model evolved.
Gathering the flock:
We gathered a collective of dynamic artists and makers in the Willamette Valley region. Once vetted and approved, an artist is invited to became a Barn Swallow Artist. As participants in BSA, they have the opportunity to participate in our markets; be part of a collaborative, a dynamic group of artists; and receive BSA promotion and support as they grow their craft. Our Barn Swallow Artists “flock” continues to grow.
Spreading our wings:
We offered Barn Swallow Artists, as a vetted group, to venues and businesses for events. This allows the venue or business to host an art market with high caliber artists and makers without the need to source them on their own. BSA organizes and collaborates with artists, manages the market, and promotes the event through social media.
Building a nest:
Lastly, we built a website to include our other passions; teaching, learning, and hunting vintage. On our website, you can track our events, meet our artists, seek out or teach a class, and/or make a purchase. We invite you to visit Barn Swallow University, and our Founders’ Shop, follow our blog and sign up for our newsletter.
Thank you for being a Barn Swallow Artist fan, and for your interest in following our adventures. We know your time is an important asset, and we promise to give you a good return on your investment.
Lynn and Lauri