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Malibu Art Barn to leave Lumber Yard

Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
2:00 pm PDT July 8, 2014

The Malibu Art Barn in the Malibu Lumber Yard will be hosting its final day of art camp on July 23.

The nonprofit organization, which has been headquartered in the Lumber Yard on a conditional lease for four years, is run by Peter Tulaney, who stated that the location’s closing hinged on the property owners, Glimcher Realty Trust, finding a permanent tenant for the space.

“The property owners have been incredibly accommodating for us,” Tulaney said. “To make it this long was even surprising.”

Glimcher Realty Trust were the first property owners to step up and offer the 30-day conditional lease to the nonprofit after the Art Barn moved from their previous location on private property in Serra Retreat, where they were located for four years.

Tulaney said the owner’s decision not to renew the Art Barn’s lease was not entirely surprising, given that they had asked Tulaney to switch suites in the building two months ago. 

“Thankfully we’ve been able to stick around this long, but it’s been hard to develop the organization because there was always the potential that within 30 days, we’d be done,” Tulaney said. “It’s not a giant surprise, but it’s nothing we planned.”

Despite losing its physical location, Tulaney said that the Art Barn will remain engaged in civic events around Malibu and continue developing their original mission of subsidizing art in public schools. 

In addition to hosting an art walk in Malibu in October, Tulaney said the Art Barn plans to work closely with the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Board. 

“We’re not going to find another commercial space in Malibu easily,” Tulaney said. “But we’re going to try our best to accomplish our original mission for the 2014-2015 school year but it will be a lot more challenging.”

The Art Barn will be hosting a yard sale on July 18, and will be selling “everything [they] own,” from paintings to stools to paintbrushes. 

The sale will take place all day at the Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Road, Suite D210 in Malibu, and all sales will be tax deductible.