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New art gallery opens in The Cove in Litchfield (01-27-12)

Lori Barker of Goshen, above, is running the new Artists' Path gallery in Litchfield with her husband, Ernie, and Elizabeth Schmidt. Below, Ernie Barker shows one of his wood cutting boards to Tom Carey of Goshen during the gallery's grand opening on Thursday. BZ photos
Litchfield's newest art gallery held a grand opening celebration on Thursday at its home in The Cove on Bantam Road.

The Artists' Path is a gallery of local art, sculpture, new and used books and collectibles and is run by Ernie and Lori Barker of Goshen and Elizabeth Schmidt of Southbury. The partners are artists as well and are displaying their work in the gallery, which will also have an artist of the month program and will be used for workshops, meditation, poetry readings and lectures.

Artists' Path is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located between Litchfield Pet Supply and Love Hearts Bakery. The bakery is owned by the Barkers' daughter, Allison Barker-Croce. Elizabeth Schmidt is the mother of Amy Hoffman, who owns Chowderheads in The Cove.

Ernie Barker and his wife decided to open a gallery three weeks ago after seeing the space. They quickly transformed what was a retail store into a bright gallery to showcase their work and the work of other artists.

"We have so much work and thought why not have our own gallery so we can show it," Lori Barker said.

Lori Barker is a painter and Ernie Barker makes sculptures from wood. He also has an extensive collection of books, many of them on the Civil War, and novels, along with books he has written. The couple runs a gallery at their home in Goshen during the summer months. It is known as the Purple Door Gallery. Schmidt and Barker will be among the artists teaching classes at the gallery.

On display at the Artists' Path through March 8 is an exhibit called "Boardwalk" by the River Artists, a group of local artists who have painted scenes of the boardwalk around Little Pond in Litchfield. In addition to Barker, the artists are Kerwin Mayers, Gail Jacobson, Joan Pavlinsky and Mary Donaldson.

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Below, the River Artists include, from left, Kerwin Mayers, Lori Barker, Joan Pavlinsky and Gail Jacobson. Also, a view of the wall displaying their work. BZ photos