Marla Rae is not just an Artist. She is a woman who wears many hats. 20+ years ago she and her husband Brian founded the Barn Festival, a unique shopping experience in the country. The last two weekends of May and September of each year, tens of thousands of customers road trip out to a dirt road, surrounded by corn fields, to shop over 100 vendors unique wares from across the country.
Marla has been in the gift industry for 30 years, working from home...a home that happens to be the upper two levels of a 1930 Sears and Roebucks Barn. In 2011, after selling an international candle company that she and her husband founded and grew for over 12 years, Marla started her career as an artist with publisher, Penny Lane. The timing could not have been more perfect...something she likes to refer to as a “God thing”. She is always thinking of what might be next, but hopes to continue with her art work for years to come, as that is what brings her the most enjoyment of all. “I love my life! I am so blessed, and do not take a single day for granted. Each day is given as a gift, and it is up to us what we do with that gift.I am choosing to live my dreams, and am living life to its fullest”. Travel is important to Marla as well. She and her husband, Brian make sure to get away as often as possible to explore different cultures throughout the United States. “We hope to get our passports soon, but until then, we continue to enjoy our little trips from the east to the west coast. We both grew up in rural Nebraska, just a few miles from each other. We live a simple life. It really doesn’t require much to completely enjoy ourselves... A bike ride on the trail through Hastings is as close to heaven as anything, as well as family get togethers.”