Magazine article Sunset

Arts Center Takes Shape in Marin

Magazine article Sunset

Arts Center Takes Shape in Marin

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Arts center takes shape in Marin Imagination and elbow grease are collaborating to transform an abandoned fort in the Marin Headlands into a bastion of creativity. Fort Barry, built in 1907 and vacated by the Army in 1971, has been resurrected as the Headlands Center for the Arts. There, resident artists working in a wide variety of media draw inspiration from the headlands' unique combination of natural and historical richness. Three years ago, boards covered the windows of the fort's two barracks, and layers of aging paint covered all interior surfaces. Patient work has revealed some of the buildings' surprisingly handsome pressed-tin ceilings, maple floors, redwood wainscoting, and oak balustrades. Besides providing artists with an environment conducive to site-specific projects, the center also offers programs to the general public. A series of field seminars led by guest artists continues in June with two Saturday programs, in mask making (June 4; $25) and dance (June 18; $15); both incorporate objects gathered by participants from around the headlands. …

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