Posts Tagged ‘American folk art’

Decorating Americana All Year Long

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
The joyful spirit of American pride is always celebrated here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Americana themed decorating can be bold in style or expressed through subtle patriotic undertones. It can be shown through obvious use of red, white, and blue or it may simply highlight the idea or message of pride, honor, and patriotism. Americana could be your new decorating style of choice and at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we make it easy to do.
Patriotic Pillows Americana Wreath
Liberty Coasters Americana on Parade

Showcase your patriotism in every room, all year long if you wish, with simple home accents like Americana themed candles, coasters and more, it is easy to spread your style across the house. Americana Coaster Set features artwork by Patrick De Santis on four stoneware coasters in their own storage container. Americana Candle Jar features sweet smells of your favorite desserts: Baked Apple Pie, Vanilla Crème Brulee and Blueberry Muffin. Patriotic Flowers Potholder is perfect for that special addition to your kitchen, or for giving as a gift.

Americana Candle Jar Patriotic Flowers Potholder

Patriotic Wall Art

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have a wide variety of patriotic themed prints and signs for your wall as well. Historic faces, events, and vintage inspired signs will be just the addition you need for your Americana decorated home. Start simple with an American face we all recognize, that of Abraham Lincoln, shown here on Gettysburg Address Print by folk artist Tim Campbell. Rustic Metal Stars offer country charm in addition to patriotic symbolism inside or outside your home. It is easy to see why Chuck Pinson’s American Roots Print would be a welcome addition to any Americana themed home.

Gettysburg Address Print
American Roots Print Rustic Metal Stars

Star Hooked Wool Pillow Red, White & Blue for Pillows, Too

Accent every seat in your home with patriotic pillows that offer style and comfort, all at the same time. Star Hooked Wool Pillow is a sweet touch anytime of year, matching with other star shapes in any room. Liberty Stripe Toss Pillow can be used either inside on a couch or settee or outside on a porch or deck chair where it can be enjoyed by all during warm weather events. George Washington Pillow features a delightful folk art inspired image by artist Tonya Crawford in hand hooked wool.

Liberty Stripe Toss Pillow George Washington Pillow

Wave Your Flag with Pride

We see a lot of symbolism created through the use of an American flag and we have a variety of flags to choose from. Use a flag outside the front or back door to set the tone for your patriotic theme, and then carry that theme into your home by adding just the right accents to showcase your style in every room. 50 Star Flag, is crafted from quality antiqued cotton for a truly vintage look. Mini Fan Flag offers a festive option, and Patriotic Clock will look great all year long in a kitchen or even a home office.

50 Star Flag
Patriotic Wall Clock Mini Fan Flag

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See What’s New from Artist Billy Jacobs

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Today’s blog post features an artist profile on another customer favorite folk artist, Billy Jacobs. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are happy to have such an assortment of framed art from this artist. Recently added to the collection this winter season, is our The Mouser Print; pictured here to the left. Billy is a highly established artist of the modern era, now living in Navarre, Ohio with his wife and daughter. Billy was born in Detroit, however he spent most of his life growing up in Ohio with his four older sisters and one younger brother. Creative from the very beginning, he is a self-taught artist who has many artistic ventures to keep him busy.

A Man of Many Talents

After working for over 20 years in the craft and gift industry, he began to learn a thing or two about the nature of the folk art style. Billy uses a variety of paint mediums currently and even has worked with digital forums. In addition to being a great artist, he also enjoys creating imaginative fonts, songwriting, and even has spent time as an amateur puppeteer.

The Mouser Print shares a moment near a large red barn where a sly cat carefully awaits his next meal. At the bottom edge of the barn we spot the opening; large enough only for a mouse. Artist Billy Jacobs doesn’t disappoint with his usual attention to detail and appreciation for a farmstead landscape. It appears to be a cold winter’s day, yet no snow has fallen. We are able to assume the barn’s old age, due to its weathered barn board and distressed presence. In the distance there is another white farm house, but nobody appears to be home. Its textured finish gives it the look of a real oil painting. Set in a black, wood-look frame, this print is made here in the USA.

The Road Home

Taking a perhaps more serious note than The Mouser, is The Road Home Print, shown here to the right. Leading our eyes up a rural path back “home,” this painting was also the inspiration and cover for Billy’s 2010 publication of The Road Home; a collection of over 100, full color photos of his amazing art work. Interestingly, the authors of the book were his daughter Sarah, and niece Rachel, who help to explain how Billy Jacob’s art became what is is today.

~ Browse more artwork from Billy Jacobs at SYW today.


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Artist Profile: Charles Wysocki

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The late artist Charles Wysocki became well known for his detailed pieces of American folk art, notable farm scenes, and a unique primitive style that was all his own. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are pleased to welcome this artist’s work, with a new framed print by Charles in our fall 2012 catalog. Yesterday July 29th, marked the 10 year anniversary of his death. Today, we celebrate this talented artist. Let’s take a look below.


Artist Charles Wyscoki lived a full life amongst his exciting lifestyle, his family and friends. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928, he actually was inspired to be an artist from a very young age. While his father who worked at Ford Motor Co. on the assembly line was more hesitant in his support, Charles’s mother fully backed his artistic ventures. He went on to focus on the art program at Cass Technical High School. For a brief time before being drafted in 1950 during the Korean War, he had the opportunity to apprentice for Detroit Art Studios. After a two year tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Charles was excited to begin his studies at the Art Center in Los Angeles, California (now in Pasadena). Completing a major in advertising illustration and design, in 1955 he joined the staff at McNamera Brothers, based in Detroit. Mr. Wysocki grew restless of being away from the west coast howver, and in 1959 he and three other artists formed the advertising agency, Group West. His career as a freelance artist had never been better and commercial artwork was his primary focus.

While living and working in Los Angeles, he received numerous awards, and also met his wife, Elizabeth, who was an artistic individual working at an ad agency as well. Elizabeth had grown up on a farm and Charles became instantly drawn to the simplicity and American values instilled in such a lifestyle; this is considered by his family to be a turning point for Charles’s artistic style. After marrying in 1960, the newlyweds traveled often to the east coast. Vacationing in such places as Martha’s Vineyard, Vermont, Boston and Maine. The primitive and Early American artist was emerging within him, and while his commercial work proved successful, it was time to make a change. During the 1960’s Charles and Elizabeth had three children, David, Millicent, and Matthew. Charles supported his family on the original paintings he sold. The next 20-30 years would bring much achievement working with companies who transferred his work to greeting cards, calendars and more. He also toured the country, making personal appearances at a variety of art galleries.

Charles Wysocki received the highest medal of honor from the National Society Daughter’s of the American Revolution. In addition, he published two books, “An American Celebration” in 1985 and “Heartland” in 1993. Later into the 1990’s, he opened his own gallery in what was now the family’s hometown, Lake Arrowhead. He even had the privilege to paint for and attend the White House during their Independence Day celebration in 1981; the painting by Charles Wysocki may still hang there today. Artwork he created in his later life, is said by those who know him to be some of his best work, and were all made into canvas transfers or limited edition prints.

Selling brooms, brushes and barrels, Beny Jeremiah has his work cut out for him on this bustling day at the farm. In our Mr. Swallowbark Print shown above, we receive a glimpse into the everyday life of the swallowbark and the happenings within this small village. A horse drawn carriage draws our eyes in, to see the amazing details originally painted by the great, Charles Wysocki.

~Be looking for more prints by this artist in our holiday 2012 catalog.


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