Having a respect and appreciation for nature, while understanding the beauty of Maine and all it has to offer, is a talent that Maine artist Harry Smith knows hows to capture in his work. We are proud to carry a selection of Harry Smith’s designs on some of our 100% jute accent rugs. His artwork evokes feelings of summers past, peaceful countrysides and vacations spent in both rural and coastal Maine. Currently, Harry is living and working in an old sea captain’s home of the 1860’s, on Mt. Battie along side the coast of Camden Hills (Down East coast of Maine) with his wife Marsha. The home provides inspiration to all aspects of his work, due to the rich nature that surrounds him.
Seen here to the left is a new rug offered at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop that could be used as an accent rug or doormat in your home. A multi-colored, braided border frames the image of a red covered bridge surrounded by forest. There is an emphasis of green within the colored braid, highlighting the lush, Evergreen trees ever so nicely. We know you’ll love this Covered Bridge Rug, as it really is artwork for your floor. Made of 100% natural jute, this rug offers a tranquil moment in an entryway or hallway of your home. As with all our jute rugs, made from a biodegradable fiber, it is an eco-friendly choice.
Another option to inspire Maine living, is none other than
our Blueberry Rug. Blueberries and Maine have become synonymous over the years as it is our official state fruit, producing 25% of the low bush blueberries in North America. These treasured little blueberries are seen here in a small basket, peraps after a long day picking in the fields. Atop a bush of more blueberries, the image is set against a cream background and displays a distinctive deep blue braided border.
On a daily basis you might find Harry sketching various Maine objects, of wildlife or food, while also creating original designs in his studio. He is not just a painter though, as we know him at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Harry is also an accomplished author, illustrator, sculptor, graphic designer and miniaturist. His books include such titles as, ABC’s of Maine and Windjammers of the Maine Coast. He is featured in “Who’s Who in American Art,” as well as on Early American Life’s list of “America’s Top 200 Traditional Craftsman.”