Friday, August 5, 2016

Waunakee's Barn of the Day!

Today's pick: "Don't Forget Your Roots"
Artist(s): Carly McGowan and Pat McGowan
Materials: Enamel paints on steel
Location on Main Street: In front of Lone Girl Brewing Co.

In their own words – Artist’s Inspiration: " “Don’t Forget Your Roots” is all about reminding us where we came from, what built us, and what continues to support us. It is an ode to the farm town roots of Waunakee as well as a subtle reminder to Waunakee residents that no matter where you go, you can always return to your roots. Pat, who was raised in Waunakee and is now raising his own kids here, has seen Waunakee grow from a rural farming town to the vibrant, growing community that it now is. Carly, on the other hand, just returned from her first year of out-of-state college and is realizing the importance of having a place to call home. It is important, both as individuals and as a community, that we remember where we came from, and where we can return to."

You're invited!
Join us for an afternoon full of Wisconsin tradition as we auction off 15 unique steel barns from the 2016 Barns on Main Waunakee Public Art Project! Stop by on Sunday, September 18 during
Wauktoberfest to take a one of a kind piece of Wisconsin art home with you!

his project brought together 15 artists, all from Waunakee, who created what Wisconsin meant to them on a 27" steel barn donated by Endres Manufacturing Co. The barns have been on display along Main St. in Waunakee since June, but now it's time they find a permanent home.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. This year the recipients of proceeds from the project are: Endres Manfacturing Co. Foundation, Schumacher Farm Park, and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative.

Stay tuned as we will feature a couple of barns each week leading up to the auction on September 18. Keep an eye out for the next installment of Barn of the Day. For more information on Barns on Main and to see photos of all 15 pieces of art, visit For photos, click on the "2016 Barns Auction" tab on the left side of the page.

Hope to see you at the auction!