In October 2018, the City of Novi opened Villa Barr Art Park, fulfilling its commitment to David and Beth Dwaihy Barr to establish an arts and cultural center on the site of their former residence, studios and gardens.
Central to David and Beth’s vision was the desire that their residence of over four decades be used to provide artists with the inspiration and means to create artwork that encourages others to seek new paths and strive for harmony, enlightenment, and exhilaration.
For the past three years, the Novi Parks Foundation has funded a highly successful pilot program in support of artist residencies* The foundation has established a designated fund to continue the program.
Now it is up to those of us who share David and Beth's vision to donate so we can continue this valuable program.
*Eight resident artists—sculptors Kaz McCue MI, Shannon Timura, OH, and Jeff Zischke, AZ; poet Cindy Juyoung OK, IA; video artist Katina Bitsicas, MI; metal artist Patty Smith, MI; musician Joo Won Park, MI; and photographer Julia Forest, NY.
Installation of two major sculptures at Villa Barr.
Exhibitions at Novi Civic Center and Novi Library.
Classes and educational workshops at Novi High School and Novi Library.