Introducing Don Kelly, Market Vendor & Owner of Red Barn Gallery & Gardens in Mount Joy, PA

Don Kelly does wonderful woodwork!

Here’s a little something about one of our vendors. Watch for more vendor highlights to come!

Intoducing Don Kelly, proprietor of Red Barn Gallery and Gardens in Mount Joy, PA.

Don graduated with a master’s degree in aquatic biology from Bucknell University in 1987. While waiting to get a job in his field he has worked delivering flowers, repairing a greenhouse, nature & ecology director at a camp, carpentry and renovations, plumbing and electrical assistant, historical restoration, mason, roofer, photographic researcher, diesel mechanic, and bar tender. 15 years ago Don married Jennifer Neiss and they purchased their property on Milton Grove Road in Mt. Joy. He gave up all ideas about going into a career in his field of expertise and used the interim knowledge he collected to renovate the house, barn, and property. It took close to eight years to convert the land from a soybean field to six acres of chemical-free orchards, berry patches, flower gardens, and wildlife habitat. Six years ago he and Jennifer started the Red Barn Gallery, where local non-professionals (Don says, “No one makes a living at it!”) could keep shop, and a studio for his wood, metal, glass, and concrete products to have permanent displays, and sometimes sales!

Don works with found, repurposed, or salvaged materials. His projects depend on what he’s accumulated, and for the most part determine what he will make. The metal work is mostly hammered copper, and ranges from garden decorations to Christmas ornaments. His glasswork is recycled windows and bottles that are worked with a plumber’s torch into twists and pulls. “They tend to be on the fragile side,” says Don. He has done decorative pavers, trivet tiles, and columns, as well as some cast planters anda few countertops around his property. The woodwork really varies, as he tries to fit each project to the wood he’s working with. There have been a lot of spoons and bowls, some tables, benches, and chairs, toys, chess boards, and full sets, along with some larger specialty items like mantle pieces.

Four years ago Don was approached by a member of the Susquehanna Waldorf School about teaching their woodworking courses, all using non-power tools. He has been there ever since, and recently added landscaping, maintenance, and facilities management to his resume there! He has also taught archery, gardening, electro-mechanics, and home school classes.

Don also gives garden tours and small classes in all of his artistic mediums (for all ages) at his gallery.

We have been so thrilled to have Don as a vendor this year at Marietta Market, and we hope you will stop by and check out his wonderful creations next time you’re at Market. Thank you, Don!

“Food As Medicine” this week at Marietta Market!

Marietta Market is hosting a guest speaker on Sunday, August 26th, at 11:00 am. Renee Awad, ND, will present a talk on “Food as Medicine” with a focus on cancer prevention. Dr. Awad is a Naturopathic Doctor and owner of Avalon Natural Health in Columbia, PA. She also serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Awad is licensed as a Naturopathic physician in Washington state but functions as a natural health consultant in Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in nutrition, wellness, and/or cancer prevention is highly encouraged to attend. Feel fre to bring a chair or blanket to sit on!