BarnyardArts is a not-for-profit incorporated organization founded by Virginia Hamara, Mary Martin, and Randy Brown. BarnyardArts is dedicated to providing low-cost courses in the visual arts and crafts, sponsoring shows of art, and encouraging use of the Residence Building at Riverdale Farm by the community. BarnyardArts has sponsored courses on topics as varied as ceramics, life drawing, book illustration, book arts, silversmithing, Japanese toymaking, photography, watercolour painting, quilting, garden design, and dollmaking. BarnyardArts was started when the Residence Building at the farm became available for use in 1995. The building was cleaned and painted and the First Cabbagetown Artists Show opened in December 1996, with fourteen Cabbagetown artists displaying their work. BarnyardArts is funded in part by Cabbagetown Art & Crafts, a not-for-profit corporation established by Randy Brown with partner Wendy Shingler. Cabbagetown Art & Crafts runs the annual craft fair in Riverdale Park during the Cabbagetown Fall Festival, and receives its income from renting out spaces to craftspeople. Proceeds from the craft fair have helped sponsor other community and charitable organizations such as the Cabbagetown Youth Centre, Cabbagetown Cultural Centre, Donvale Little League, and Toronto Dance Theatre.
Residence Building, Riverdale Farm, Winchester St.