The John D. Barrow Art Gallery is a red brick building at the north end of Skaneateles Lake located at 49 East Genesee Street. Designed and built by John Dodgson Barrow to properly display his paintings, the Gallery opened its doors to the public on October 8th in 1900. The gallery was given in trust to the Skaneateles Library Association for the Skaneateles Community with a restriction that only Barrow paintings are to be exhibited. Art critics have written of the “exquisite effects of light and shade” and “the careful study of nature” in Barrow’s paintings.
At present, the Gallery displays 268 paintings that highlight the historical and cultural being of the local community in mid to late 1800’s.
A unique feature of the gallery is the wainscoting display of many of these paintings. In the 1970’s, the Gallery was completely renovated with community funds, and reopened in 1977. Every year thousands of people from around the world visit the Barrow Art Gallery. Perhaps the most often heard comment is “What a treasure this is!”
To learn more about the John D. Barrow Art Gallery, please visit their website.