FOSTORIA - Richard H. Carter's color photographs of historic barns is on exhibit through Nov. 27 at Wesley Memorial Gallery in Fostoria. This is the gallery's 100th exhibit since it opened in 1996, and this collection has returned to honor Carter's memory and life. For 15 years, he supported the gallery in many ways, including designing its lighting fixtures and serving as a trustee.
Taken over a 20-year period, the photographs feature structures that are or were in the Fostoria area. At least one has been demolished. Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York are the nations leading states with barns built before 1900, according to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. Of the 250,000 that stood at the turn of the century, only 30,000-50,000 remain. Carter was mindful of the area's changing landscape.
"The barn scenes we take for granted today will only be memories of long ago to generations to come. It is my hope that images such as are on display will help those to follow to understand the love of the land evidenced by these wonderful structures," Carter once wrote.
Located at 1200 Van Buren St., the gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and other times by calling (419) 435-8551. Admission is free.