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Scenic icons in peril

Local artist’s series on historical barns is meant to raise awareness of their destruction

Vanishing Barns Red is a painting featured in Carole Warburton’s exhibit displayed at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center.

Vanishing Barns Red is a painting featured in Carole Warburton’s exhibit displayed at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center.

— Each barn has its own unique characteristics based on the culture that built it.

According to Warburton, English barns were a popular design and were used to store crops instead of livestock. Dutch barns were often connected to homes and had gabled-roofs.

The series is now on display at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center in Niskayuna.

Jewish Cultural Director Irit Magnes said the series was selected as the center’s latest exhibit because the pieces depict local scenery by a local artist.

“I think it’s an interesting idea,” she said. “Most people live in the area and they see these barns along the way. Sometimes they are taken down because of new development, and it’s always sad to see them go.”

Magnes said she tries to promote exhibits at the JCC that provide members with a different life perspective.

“The exhibit may not have a Jewish connection, but it has a local connection which will make the pieces close to people’s hearts,” she said.

The “Vanishing Barns” exhibit will be displayed in the art gallery of the Schenectady JCC until the end of January.

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