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Preserving the magic of 'The Barn Shows'

To preserve an important piece of Skagit magic, Lavone Newell-Reim and Cathy Stevens have teamed up to write a book about a key period in Skagit County’s art history. Starting in the late 1980s, they were involved with local artists participating every November in a phenomenon called “The Barn Shows.” These annual events showcased the most talented Skagit artists of that era.

Lavone and her husband, Dick, hosted a preprint celebration of the book, approppriately named “The Barn Shows” on Jan. 27, at the very barn where the art shows took place.

Newell-Reim is a painter, and Stevens a photograp...


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