Ames Free Library

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January's Featured Artist at the AFL

On the Wall & in the Glass Case: Wren Barger

Wren Barger will exhibit her photographic work on the first floor brick display wall of the library, and the glass case located in the Fireplace Room. Wren’s work runs from the mastery of traditional photography to some very unusual and interesting photographic experiences. Her vibrant colors and imaginative designs will capture your attention.

“This series of photographs is only a small representation of the work I did in a recent photography workshop I attended in Mexico in October, 2019 for Day of the Dead, which is the most stunning and eclectic celebration of its kind in the world, and is deeply rooted in family tradition. I visited three families, one dedicated to weaving, the other to candle making and the third to traditional dancing. Over the years, the workshop leader has built a strong bond with these families and they granted us access to photograph not only their altars, but also their family members.” 

Wren Barger is an Easton resident. She is active in the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op and has exhibited her art in various venues throughout Easton and surrounding towns as well as participating in numerous art shows. Wren has received awards in several local juried shows, and has had her work accepted for publication. Although her first love is photography, Wren is currently working with an alcohol ink process producing colorful, abstract work on tiles, wall art, clocks, earrings and pendants, and other surface. For more information, visit her website at or her Etsy Shop, INKONSTUFF.

Learn more about previous artists that have displayed at the Ames Free Library HERE