Folk art is an American tradition, evolved from our earliest craftsmen and women of colonial times. In the most basic sense, Folk Art reflects the conventional values of a society; thus why we see a change in subject matter or style over time. The art form encompasses a variety of techniques; such as: watercolor, oil or acrylic paintings, wool hooked rugs, painted or carved furniture and whimsical sculptures. All of these and more have become part of the American rustic style of design known as folk art.
Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we celebrate and honor the incredible talent of our folk artists. Their beautiful renditions of American landscapes, historical figures and landmarks, whimsical portraits and familiar animals are very appealing and perfectly suited for your country home. You might also consider one of our framed prints for a great gift this holiday season for the art enthusiast or collector on your list! To give you a sample of the range of folk art we carry, take a look at some of our wall art below.
A favored theme among many of our folk artists is Americana. A majority of Sturbridge prints feature the American flag at its finest, such as our Chair with Jug Print, seen here to the left. Originally painted by artist Cecile Baird, we see an antique ladderback chair with an old whiskey jug, an American flag, and a berry wreath. For more Americana inspired prints, click below and feel proud of the U.S.A. with artwork by Billy Jacobs and Phillip Philbeck.
Historical prints with a twist, is what you’ll find in our collection of historical figures and landmarks at Sturbridge. The whimsical characters and landscapes are created by none other than folk artist, Tim Campbell. His approach to George Washington allows us to see another side to our first president. The other historical figures, such as his wife Martha and Abe Lincoln, offer unexpected facial expressions.
It’s important to surround ourselves with things that inspire our hopes and our dreams. Our collection of inspirational themed folk art is something we’re proud of. Our Living Life Print, seen here to the left, is delightfully created by artist Bonnie Mohr. Featuring lessons to live by such as, “Life is not a race – but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work Hard. Be Choosy. Say “thank you”, and “great job” to someone each day.” The others listed below also display messages of positive thoughts and sayings.
We cant forget about your pets and favorite wildlife, so when it comes to folk art animals, we’ve got you covered. From dogs and cats to rabbits and crows, there is surely to be a furry creature that you’ll fall in love with. Pictured to the left, is our Green Rabbit Print, by artist Lisa Hilliker.
Lazily stretched out in a green meadow, this black and white bunny is inspired by the natural beauty found in Vermont; available with a red background too if you prefer. A simple black crow perched on a branch, by Maine artist Leslie Mansmann or our modern, abstract boxer by artist John Golden, will find comfort on your walls and add to your home’s country charm.
~Check out our complete collection of Prints & Wall Art on our website today.