Forrest Musselman, shown above, has founded BarnYard Gallery, along with his wife, Missy, and created a unique store in Lanesboro that features items made from recycled products and art that features barnyard animals. GABRIEL MUSSELMAN/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Forrest Musselman, shown above, has founded BarnYard Gallery, along with his wife, Missy, and created a unique store in Lanesboro that features items made from recycled products and art that features barnyard animals. GABRIEL MUSSELMAN/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
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Along the historical downtown stretch of Lanesboro, Forrest and Missy Musselman have created a unique store of art that symbolizes visions which may normally be seen in a barnyard or on a farm.

Going on its second summer of being open, BarnYard Gallery, located in the same building as Barb Ristau's shop, Town Klippers, has gone from having artwork from six artists to 20 different artists.

"We are very happy on how the first year went because we were able to build our inventory and essentially break even," said Forrest. "It's a lot of fun for both of us. We both enjoy it. Missy is really good at picking out the art and designing the shop."

Some of the artwork in the store includes Story People products by Brian Andreas from Decorah; Steel Cow by Valerie Miller from Waukon, Iowa; Dock 6 Pottery by Kerry Brooks from Minneapolis; recycled silverware jewelry by Sophia Garcia from Rochester and Rusty Birds from Washington.

"We have a mixture of art here," said Forrest. "The art has to be what we're interested in and like. It also needs to fit our theme of what the BarnYard Gallery is. We like art that is made from recycled products or art that features animals."

The Musselmans also provide the store with their own work including butterfly houses, birdhouses and wooden frames made out of barn wood.

"We're always interested in barn wood. A lot of our products we make come from recycled barn wood. I do the building and Missy does the painting," said Forrest.

Christmas art is also available as the winter season gets closer.

Finding artists for the store, the Musselmans had contacts through Story People, because of Missy working there. Sophia Garcia was a student of Forrest's while teaching at Studio Academy Charter School for the Arts in Rochester. Dock 6 Pottery was discovered at an arts and crafts show in Minneapolis.

Other artists were discovered when they simply walked into BarnYard Gallery.

"We're always bringing in new artists," said Forrest. "We play around with what sells and doesn't sell. The popular items are the ones we expand on. The ones that aren't doing well we'll sell out and pick up a different artist. We always try to do something different. We can guarantee that a majority of the items you find in the shop you're not going to find anywhere else in the area."

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

BarnYard Gallery is a member of a wholesale group. It's a website that features all the store artists who sell their own work at a wholesale cost.