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Artist Profile: Ed Wargo

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Within the pages of the new fall 2012 catalog at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, there are many new items to make note of. In regards to new wall art and framed prints, we have a few new selections that we’ll feature throughout the coming months here in our blog. Today, we present an artist profile on New Jersey artist: Ed Wargo.

Edward John Wargo is a new artist for Sturbridge and we’re pleased to share his artwork with you this fall. Growing up, Edward was influenced by his uncle Edmond and his father, Edward, who were both highly talented artists themselves. The home in which he grew up in was old and filled with numerous antiques, memorabilia, vintage advertising and timeworn magazines. These items provided an interesting backdrop to Ed’s environment that would continue to inspire him throughout life and his art.

Going on to pursue a career in commercial art, Ed completed a commercial art program at a local college. Life-long resident of Edison, New Jersey, he continues to support his community today, working at that very same college as a teaching assistant. Currently, Mr. Wargo works as a freelance artist for various organizations, creating advertising tools and logos; this is of course in addition to his personal painting that he does each day. Winning many awards over the years for achievements both artistically and scholastically, he attributes his success to a “whatever it takes” attitude. He is willing to integrate any art medium that will help him accomplish his “vision;” markers, computers, pencils and pastels, just to name a few.

Edward enjoys the hustle and bustle of Edison, but for the most part has a relatively simple and quiet lifestyle. In his paintings, you can really see the care and respect he has for life and the beauty of nature he witnesses in everyday life. Pictured above is our new Shiloh Creek Farm Print. The sheep casually graze on a quiet day down at the Shiloh Creek Farm, which hosts a large red barn house with notable barn star. The leaves in the trees are just beginning to turn, but the sheep carry on as usual this early fall. Seen here to the left is another new print by this artist, our Windy Ridge Farm Print. A horse enjoys a brisk gallop around the farmstead, while the crisp fall air surrounds the stone farm house. If you look closely, you can see a kitty near the large tree in the foreground, carefully watching the Windy Ridge Farm perimeter. Perhaps the owner has left in a hurry, as we note tire marks from the dirt driveway leading into the road and an open mailbox; Ed Wargo makes sure no detail goes unnoticed.

Both new framed prints are proudly made here in the USA, and are set under glass to protect the finish of the print. Be sure to click on the links and pictures shown above, in order to get a close-up look at all of the beautiful aspects within each piece of art, originally painted by the brilliant artist, Edward Wargo.

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~ Artist Profile: Bonnie Fisher

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Over the last year at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have been adding to our collection of framed prints with the help of artist Bonnie Fisher. With two more recent additions from her, for the summer 2012 catalog, we felt now was the perfect opportunity to learn a little bit more about this talented folk artist. Let’s take a look.

Pictured here to the left is our Bennington Flag Barn Print. The detail and ‘ode to summertime living is beautifully captured in this American made print by artist Bonnie Fisher. Showcase your patriotic spirit on a living room or bedroom wall, with this unique, yet subtly familiar, country farmstead.  An old ‘76 American flag with a colonial inspired arch star pattern, still hangs proudly on the old barn with muted red roof. This giclee, texture finished print is ideal for summertime wall decor, though is perfect to hang anytime of year.

As with most of Bonnie Fisher’s framed prints at SYW, the print is framed in a distinctive, three-dimensional, black wooden “floater” frame. The floater frames offer a chance for the collector of Bonnie Fisher, to display the prints in a pairing, or larger grouping on their wall. Also new for summer, is our Mail Pouch Barn Print; which is presented in a complimenting, vertical design. Both of these additions to the Bonnie Fisher collection, are now on sale for $79.95 during our made in the USA promotion.

About the Artist

Bonnie Fisher always had a passion for art, painting and in particular, the use of watercolor. “Watercolor has been my favorite medium since high school, when I used to drive out to farms and paint in the car on weekends,” she recalls. She studied at Moore College of Art in Pennsylvania and graduated with a major in in Illustration with a minor in Fine Art. After completing her B.F.A., she would go on to work as a freelance illustrator and watercolor artist for over 25 years.

Her work can me found in a number of art galleries and has been featured in several art shows around the country. Bonnie’s rural country paintings have been adapted to other mediums such as calendars, books and greeting cards. Other hobbies include bird watching, gardening and caring for her many pets. Bonnie enjoys working from home where her workspace provides both creativity and inspiration. “I try to express my appreciation for God’s creations and love for the world in my work,” Bonnie says about her love for the surrounding environment. Bonnie’s artwork is highly recognizable in the folk art and Americana art community. She appreciates the stillness of farm life and captures the beauty of such places throughout all seasons. The above print is entitled, Old Willow Print and depicts an early spring day of cows grazing in front of a large, weeping Willow Tree. This framed print is on sale now for $69.95 during our made in the USA sale, all this summer at SYW.

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