Recording the history of Luther Barn - Part II: From livestock stalls to artists’ studios

A resident of Los Angeles, Calif., Rachel Dean focuses her work as an artist on painting and fiber works with her dog, Otis, often by her side. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

WASSAIC — Whether finding space for artists to work or space to hold seasonal exhibitions and activities, The Wassaic Project has had Luther Barn in its vision. What was once known as a popular livestock market and auction ring operated by the Luther family has since been altered to house makeshift studios for resident artists. Many changes have been made to the barn since it was purchased for The Wassaic Project in 2007. Much of its history has been preserved and retold over the years, even as the barn developed a new purpose in the hamlet of Wassaic.

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