By Molly Schecklman —
Oftentimes people get caught up in the outcome and forget their journey. However, this is not the case for the customers of local business owners Rick and Mary Bygd of The Barrel Room. “We want to offer a unique experience. It’s all about experience in the hospitality and tourism industry; it’s not about the food you eat or the wine you drink, but the experience you had while you were there,” said Mary Bygd, co-owner of The Barrel Room.
To make this experience worthwhile, The Barrel Room features a different artist’s works on their walls. “By allowing local artists to fill the walls, it is a way to not only avoid seeing the same old artwork every day, but it allows for exposure,” said Bygd.
However, the month of February is quite unique. The show is titled “The Arts Coming Together,” and allows for more than one artist to be featured on The Barrel Room’s historic, brick walls. Not only is there a variety of artists, but there is also a variety of mediums being used. Upon entrance, one will be greeted by watercolors, photographs, acrylics, alcohol inks and mixed media.
“Since the start, we haven’t had to reach out to people, but rather people have come to us asking for their art to be featured,” said Bygd. The walls of The Barrel Room are completely booked through the end of 2016.
For the Bygds and The Barrel Room it’s all about the experience, and to miss out on such an opportunity would be to miss out on the chance to learn from those around you.
“The Arts Coming Together” can be seen Tuesdays through Fridays from 4p.m. to 10p.m. and Saturdays from 2p.m. to 10p.m. through the month of February.