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The Barnkeepers: A Celebration Of Ohio Barns and Those That Keep Them

Exhibit of Historic Ohio Barns Set To Open in Sandusky, OH

“The Barnkeepers: A Celebration of Ohio Barns and Those Who Keep Them” is a new photographic exhibit by New England-based photographer Michael S Cohen that will premiere at the Carrington Arts gallery in Sandusky, OH on March 31.  In the Spring of 2016, Cohen set out to find and showcase some of Ohio’s most historic barns, and the owners who maintain them.  Driving some 1700 miles across the state over 10 days, the photographer discovered barns dating back to the mid-1800’s that are still standing and in use today.

Ohio’s rural heritage is well known and celebrated, and “Barnkeepers” pays particular attention to the people who spend their time and money maintaining these great barn buildings for the current and future generation of Ohioans.  While there have been several efforts to showcase barns across the state, this exhibit is the first to include the people behind the barns in the portraits.

According to the Ohio History Connection, “Historic barns are not just rural relics, they are important tangible reminders of Ohio’s rural heritage. Many barns and other older farm buildings can be rehabilitated to accommodate modern farming practices.”

When asked about the idea for the exhibit, Cohen said, “I drive through Ohio every year and have seen glimpses of these great barns from the highway.  Too many people just don’t know the importance and the history that these buildings and their owners represent.  In our disposable society of processed food and instant gratification, these old barns display a longevity and character that is hard to come by.”

Marsha Gray Carrington, owner of the gallery said, “The project fascinated me from the point of view as portraiture; that of the old Ohio barns as well as the people who cared for them. I am so very pleased to present this very special body of work to the public starting later this month.”

One of the barns in the exhibit was built by a Civil War veteran and another is built on land that was deeded by President Thomas Jefferson.  Visitors to the exhibit will learn the history and see the current condition of 20 different barns from across the state.  Sample images at

“The Barnkeepers” runs March 31 – May 13 at Carrington Arts, 231 West Water Street, Sandusky, Ohio.

About Michael S Cohen

Michael is a retired advertising executive turned fine art photographer.  He is based in New England and Jackson Hole, WY and spends much of his time seeking new creative ways of expressing his view through the lens.  His award winning photographs are featured in homes and businesses throughout the country and has been shown in museums and galleries in 10 states.

About Carrington Arts

Carrington Arts opened in October of 2015.  Marsha Gray Carrington, artist and owner of Carrington Arts, lived in Los Angeles for thirty years, and a six month stint in Portland, Oregon, prior to moving to Sandusky, Ohio, with her husband Kevin O’Neill, who is from the area. She has made a living her entire adult life as an artist, illustrator, and designer, and has been working in a studio space on West Shoreline Drive since January of 2012.


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