Legendary Chicken Farm Art Center continues Roger Allen’s legacy under new ownership

SAN ANGELO – The iconic, legendary and famous Chicken Farm art center on MLK Blvd. in San Angelo has been sold and the new owners are excited to continue the legacy of the late Roger Allen.

According to reports Friday night, the Chicken Farm Art Center, one of San Angelo’s top tourist attractions according to Trip Advisor, was recently purchased by Chasity and Juston Oakes of San Angelo. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

Founded in 1971 by famed potter Roger Allen, the Chicken Farm Art Center is a vibrant and grassroots art community featuring popular attractions such as the Star Keeper Gallery, Inn at the Art Center guesthouses, Una at The Silo House Restaurant and many artist studios allowing artists to create, exhibit and sell their paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, hand-woven textiles and more. Several artists also live at the Chicken Farm.

After Roger’s death in 2019, Roger’s widow Pam Bladine and co-owners Jerry and Susan Warnell began discussing the future of Chicken Farm and their own retirement. The decision was made to gently market the property with the highest priority of finding someone with the heart and passion for the folk art community. Steve Eustis, a local commercial real estate broker, was retained to help with the search. In a statement, Pam Bladine and the Warnells expressed their excitement at what the new owners will mean for the future of Chicken Farm: “They are young and energetic and love the atmosphere of Chicken Farm. We couldn’t be happier and can now retire knowing that the legacy of Rogers’ dream in this artistic community will live on. We’d like to think that Roger provided a bit of help finding them as well!

Chasity Oakes grew up in St Lawrence, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in construction management. Her husband, Juston, grew up outside of Charleston, SC and proudly served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps after graduation. He earned a BBA and a Masters in Information Technology from Kaplan University. The couple moved to San Angelo from Dallas two years ago to be closer to Chasity’s family. They are the parents of a 2 year old son, Emery. Shortly after moving to San Angelo, they “fell in love with the Chicken Farm Art Center” while on a date at the Silo House Restaurant, Chasity noted. According to the couple, “our plans are not just to preserve the spirit of the art center, but to create a space where people can host friends and family for special events and create lasting memories.” The couple also plan to provide additional galleries and studios for artists and provide more opportunities for live performances and music during ‘First Saturdays at the Chicken Farm’ and ‘Friday Night Backyard Concerts’. before the first events of Saturday. The next first Saturday will be August 6e 10am-5pm.