From 1945-1991 the Red Barn Studio in Lyndsborg, Kansas was the working studio of professional artist and craftsman Lester Raymer. Although Raymer studied at the Chicago Art Institute, his art has a decided "outsider" feel.
The Red Barn Studio is filled with Raymer's art and handiwork, including paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, stitchery, woodcarving, furniture and metalwork. He even built much of the studio, starting from two small barns which he connected.
Many of Lester Raymer's art and crafts, including the Red Barn Studio itself, were made from recycled materials. He took discarded objects, and transformed them into beautiful works of art and crafts, gifts, toys and decorative elements for the studio. Almost every item and surface in the Red Barn Studio was created or modified by Lester Raymer.
The Red Barn Studio Museum opened to the public in 1997. It is operated by the Raymer Society for the Art, which also sponsors an Artist in Residence program.
copyright 2008-2009 by Keith Stokes