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BCAC is now BAAA!

Ten years ago a group of local artists dreamed up the Barrington Cultural Arts Center (BCAC) – A place that artists of all levels would be welcomed, celebrated and encouraged to create and grow in their chosen area of the arts. This ambitious undertaking is still going strong. To better reflect who we are today and to take us into the future, BCAC has chosen to update its name. As of May 4, 2020, Barrington Cultural Arts Center is known as Barrington Area Artists Association.

At this time, we are unveiling our new logo, created by BAAA member Anna Toberman. A new website and Facebook page are in the works. Until then our current BCAC website and Facebook page will continue to be active. The feedback from our members on the new name and logo design has been overwhelmingly positive. We hope that you like it too!

And… Members of the newly titled Barrington Area Artists Association are still making art happen…

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The Barrington Cultural Arts Center (BCAC) is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization made up of local artists.  BCAC fosters a community of local artists by planning and promoting the exhibition and sale of members’ artwork and by providing learning opportunities for its members and the community through workshops and demos. We also help to create fun, cultural activities in our village for everyone to enjoy. All visual and functional art media are welcome – sculpting, painting, jewelry design, stained glass, mosaics, cartooning, etc.

Would you like to make art happen?

Become a member…(click here for info)

…and share art inspiration, join in workshops and demos, exhibit your work with us and enjoy the company of a great group of artists.

COVID-19 Update

As we all shift to a new ‘normal’ under limitations dictated by the pandemic, we at BAAA are searching new ways to continue making art, celebrating and sharing art in our community.   Workshops, demos, meetings via Zoom?  Plein air at a safe social distance?  Pop-up Online Exhibits?  Please visit us from time to time to see what’s happening.

Members in the News

Anna Toberman was recently highlighted in Country Magazine, Barrington’s Style & Substance.  Click here to read the article and view Anna’s beatiful portraits.


“Eli’s Medal,” oil painting of the artist’s father’s hands holding a Congressional Gold Medal

Next Member Meeting

  • TBD

Upcoming Local Art Events

Barrington Art Festival 2020 

Postponed until September 12-13, 2020.  Please visit our BAAA exhibit representing artwork of 14 of our talented members!



Lee Radtke

BCAC members have lost another very special colleague and friend, Lee Radtke who passed away suddenly on December 23, 2019.  Lee’s beautiful artwork is spread throughout the country as are his many awards and honors.  An active member of a number of art organizations, including the Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Lee was a prolific painter of cityscapes, small town scenes, portraits, special cars, and docks, boats and more recently, huge beautiful ships.   Lee’s sense of humor, kindness and companionship will be missed by his many friends.  Lee’s outstanding artwork will be available for sale on February 22nd and 23rd in Lake Zurich. (please see above for more information.)

Chuck Sisson

Our dear friend, colleague and BCAC member, Charles W. “Chuck” Sisson, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019. Among our membership, Chuck will be remembered not only for his beautiful oil and graphite portraits and paintings but also for his contributions of companionship at Open Studio portrait sessions and Plein Air outings; his stories and humor, and; always ‘showing up’ for the hard work of setting the scene for art exhibits. His artistic talents took him well beyond the visual arts to performance art of singing (including performing with his award winning barbershop quartet, ‘Chiefs of Staff’) and acting.

Chuck’s artwork was most recently featured in the December/January 2019 Country-Barrington Style & Substance Magazine.

Chuck will be deeply missed.


Art Quote of the Month:  

More important than a work of art itself is what it will sow. Art can die, a painting can disappear. What counts is the seed. … Joan Miro