Barrier-Free is a non-profit, disability service organization that provides inclusive art, self-advocacy, and social programming to the community for adults with disabilities across Carroll County.
Barrier-Free offers two inclusive theater companies where neurodiverse adults ages 18+ come together to create original full-production musicals. Additional offerings include expressive arts classes covering a variety of themes including improvisational acting, dance, and more!
At Barrier-Free’s Life Skills & Social Studio in Downtown Sykesville, programs support the development of life skills and social skills for neurodiverse adults through an integrated-arts model with a focus on interpersonal interaction, authentic practice, and group collaboration.
Actively reviving the centuries old art of Nordic rya rug making, Byrdcall Studio, LLC offers quality traditional supplies from Norway, Finland, and vintage USA spun rya yarn. Melinda Purcell Byrd published RYA RUGS–Design and Make Your Own in 2020. The 298-page book teaches history, knotting techniques, color blending and designing. Rya rug making has been compared to “painting with a needle” where the blended wool strands create unlimited potential for color.
She lectures, demonstrates, and teaches classes suitable for beginners and advanced artists. Byrdcall Studio, LLC is located at her home in Woodbine, Maryland as is open by appointment. The Studio holds occasional “Rya Sewing Circles” and Open Studio Days for drop-in visitors.
In addition to being the go-to person in the USA for off-loom rya rug making, Melinda is accomplished as a printmaker and visual artist. Her studio is full of multifaceted art including hand-printed shirts, frameable woodcut and linocut originals, weavings, collage, and nature sketches.
This 140-acre museum features life on the farm in the late 1800s with period artifacts and antiques. The grounds include original farm structures, such as the Farmhouse and a bank barn, as well as a Smokehouse, Broom Shop, Saddlery, Springhouse, Living History Center, Wagon Shed, General Store exhibit, and a One-room Schoolhouse.Traditional arts classes are offered throughout the year, including folk art painting, basket making, blacksmithing, broom making, chair caning/seat weaving, quilting.
A non-profit arts organization offering roots-based concerts from October-April; arts, music, dance, & cultural arts classes in July; and festivals in June/July.
Sells handmade pottery and some pottery supplies. Pottery classes for adults and children. Tours, demonstrations, and hands on workshops are provided for youth groups, such as Scouts and church groups.
Terry Whye enjoys a career in ceramic sculpture and pottery spanning over 30 years at her Whye Clay Works studio. Her nationally exhibited work has been highlighted in Ceramic Art and Perception, American Crafts, Ceramics Monthly and Carroll magazines. She accepts commissions and visits to her studio are by appointment. It’s also a teaching studio year round for ceramic arts classes for youth and adults and home schoolers.