Surry arts and events, is both new and old. Its roots go back to 1965, when the very gifted and visionary Walter Nowick first began an international series of concerts with young Japanese students and professional musicians. In the 1980’s, the Surry Opera Company, which was based in the same iconic coastal Maine Barn, became internationally known by way of photo essay articles in the New York Times, People magazine, Down East Magazine, and major network TV news coverage.

In 2015, we revitalized the Barn and expanded upon the range of music and artistic offerings and rebranded the name as Surry Arts and Events at the Barn. We are a community resource with international and cross-cultural outreach. The Barn now features a classical, jazz, and singer-songwriter series of music. In addition, we have branched out into dance, other ethnic musical genres, films, community dinners, art exhibitions, and more.

Dear Friends of the Barn,

Please see above for a short documentary film about Surry Arts, created by the very talented Drew Beasley. Drew stayed on the farm for 2 weeks, producing, interviewing, and editing to create this fine video illustration about the history, the present, and the potential for future growth at Surry Arts. 

We are so thankful for Drew’s diligence and dedication. What an awesome result! 

Please click the link below to view Drew’s YouTube channel and support his efforts. 

Drew YouTube Channel

For more history and performances at the Barn, please see the videos below: