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~ Artist Bonnie White & Giclée Prints at SYW

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with fireworks on your walls? As we’ll see below, celebrating these next few months is easy to do with SYW decor. We’ll meet artist Bonnie White and also learn about the many giclée prints, like the one seen below that we offer at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.


New for summer 2012 is our beautiful Big Bang Print, pictured here to the left. There’s nothing that says 4th of July better than a sky filled with fireworks. With the help of Uncle Sam’s Firework Company, the town’s people are ready to celebrate our nation’s independence with high spirits and flags in hand.

You will see elaborate patriotic decorations at the busy Ye Olde Glory Inn and horse drawn carriages, which all adds to the hustle and bustle of the evening. Be sure to click on either the link or picture itself to check out the breathtaking details with our new zoom feature. Let’s meet this print’s talented artist, Bonnie White.

About the Artist:

Bonnie painted as a child but it wasn’t until after her youngest son entered kindergarten that she picked up a paint brush again. She grew up on her family’s horse farm in Canaan, NY and assisted with the farm until she had a family of her own. She began to explore craft shows and folk art galleries, realizing she very much enjoyed this particular artform. Inspired by her childhood upbringing and interest in historic homes, the ideas of what to paint were endless. Bonnie developed a style of using vivid colors to create her famous village scenes. This style is one that her fans have grown to love and one that we all look forward to seeing what she will come up with next. Over the years she has received many artistic honors, including recognition in Early American Life’s directory of traditional crafts for the holidays, for the past 5 years; being featured as a traditional artisan in America.

About Giclée Prints:

By definition, the noun giclée is a French word meaning a spurt or spray of liquid. In the world of mass produced art, this technique allows for artists to create fairly accurate reproductions of their work without having to paint the entire production demand themselves. A giclée print is produced through a technology discovered in the later half of the 20th century. A print making technique that first takes a high resolution digital scan. Next, amazingly accurate, high quality inks are used to apply the image to canvas or photo based paper. Specially made inkjet printers are used. An additional advantage to artists and companies who use this format, is that they can generate prints in virtually any size and in any format. So while the framed print above and other beautiful prints here at SYW are not the true original painting, they are a close second; matching the artist’s color choices and utmost attention to detail. You may be surprised to learn that many museums and art galleries feature the very same giclée printing in the artwork they display, as a means for protecting the originals.


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* Celebrate this Summer with our New Patriotic Sculptures *

Friday, May 25th, 2012

With the big Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s time to celebrate. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have lot’s of ways to help you celebrate within your decorating this season. From Memorial Day though Labor Day and 4th of July in between, red, white and blue will be easy to find with us. And while we have lots to choose from, today let’s see how our new patriotic sculptures can add festivity and cheer to your home decor.


Pictured here to the right is a new addition to the Williraye Studio collection at SYW. Meet Liberty Belle & Sam, designed by the artists and designers of Willraye Studio, Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and her husband, Jeff Schuknecht. The name Williraye is a combination of their middle names. “Willi” short for Jeff’s middle name William and “Raye” for Bobbe’s middle name. The joint effort shared in creating each of these whimsical characters, is one that they both are very proud of. Bobbe feels as though she is telling a story through her work and the detailed carving and painting brings them to life.

Liberty Belle wears a true Americana inspired dress of burgundy and blue; adorned with scattered stars. Her crown is cleverly crafted of a birds nest, with a bluebird of course. Sam the yellow Labrador is in high spirits as well, with his stars and stripes top hat.

Greetings from Aye Aye Adam, another new patriotic sculpture for your mantle or side table display. Adam, features hand painted details throughout his sailor inspired red, white and blue outfit. His rosy red cheeks and stick legs are the whimsical touches we love. Giving a proper salute with a paper American flag in hand. The original design is handcrafted by well-known, folk art artist and designer Lori Mitchell.

Lori has always been inspired by children’s themes and literature, old illustrations and toys. In 1999 she began making her first paper-mache pieces for the folk art world and has never looked back. Full of whimsy and charisma, her characters have won a place in the hearts and collections of folk art enthusiasts worldwide. Also new this summer, is Adam’s companion Gloria. Gloria is dressed in true patriotic style, complete with stockings and red Mary Janes. Her cute face seems surprised and in true Lori Mitchell fashion, is highlighted by her rosy red cheeks. We hope these new friends will provide that extra Americana inspired charm, for your home this upcoming season.

~ Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend Sturbridge Fans, from all of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.


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