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New Seasonal Framed Prints by Artist Bonnie White

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Artist Bonnie White has shared with us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, many of her beautiful folk art prints over the years. She presents charming scenes depicting country village life, across all seasons. And for the holiday season, Bonnie White does not disappoint. Let’s take a look below.

Pictured here to the left is our new Fresh Baked Pies Print, proudly made here in the USA. It’s that time of year again, and everyone in town is prepared to help with the autumn harvest. The traveling aroma of ‘freshly baked pies’ inspires folks to lend a hand; apple, pecan, and pumpkin varieties available. Horse drawn wagons carry barrels full of fall’s best crops and recently picked apples to various spots in town. This wonderfully detailed piece of wall art is perfect to display during the entire fall season, highlighted particularly well for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Available now for $20 off the original price at just $99.95, customers will be happy to learn that this item will SHIP FREE for the holidays.

Next up, and also new for the holiday 2012 catalog at SYW, is our On Our Way to Christmas Print. Shown here to the left, this print could be the ideal piece of wall decor for the winter season. As mentioned, Bonnie enjoys seasonal paintings; although slightly similar in their essence, each print offers great attention to detail and you’ll have fun discovering all of the activity she manages to create in one scene. Step back to a simpler time when Christmas traditions included visiting local shops in town, taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, and watching children play in the snow. This charming New England village scene portrays Christmases of long ago, for the low price of $99.95 this season.

On Our Way to Christmas Print is also available with FREE SHIPPING during our current holiday promotion. Have a Bonnie White fan on your shopping list this year? Add to their collection with the gift of a Bonnie White print for their home. Both of the Bonnie White prints featured here, are a giclee print with textured finish, and are set in a black frame with brown trim detail. (Be sure to click on the images to get a close-up look with our zoom feature).

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. When the duties of family and farm life settled down, she had more time to revisit her artistic ability. Bonnie began to explore craft shows and folk art galleries, realizing she very much enjoyed the style. Inspired by her childhood upbringing and interest in historic homes, the ideas of what to paint were endless.

Bonnie has been recognized 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. Today, her husband, Scott, their three sons, dog ‘Misty,’ and cats ‘Mittens’ and ‘Scooter,’ all live happily on their Spring Gait Farm.

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New Framed Prints at SYW — Artist Charles Wysocki

Friday, October 12th, 2012

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are pleased to now have a fine art selection from the talented artist, Charles Wysocki. For the Holiday 2012 Catalog we have added two more prints from Charles; well-known pieces by the those who are familiar with his work.

Pictured here to the left is the whimsical, Frederick the Literate Print. Frederick the cat lazily stretches out on a bookshelf after a long day of reading some of his favorite novels; such as ‘A Tale of Two Kitties.’ Any cat lover or fan of Charles Wysocki will enjoy making note of all the details in the print, including reading some of the feline themed titles. This would be a clever print to hang in a home office or study. Also new this season, is the beautiful Cape Cod Christmas Print, shown below. Carolers, ice skaters and reindeer-drawn sleigh rides, are just some of the activities you’ll find amongst the hustle and bustle of our Cape Cod Christmas Print. You can see the beauty of Cape Cod Bay in the distance as the full moon hovers over town this Christmas holiday. Both of these framed prints have a textured finish and are proudly made in the USA.

About the Artist

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928, Charles was actually inspired to be an artist from a very young age. While his father who worked at Ford Motor Co. was more hesitant in his support, Charles’s mother fully backed his artistic ventures. 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 however, 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. 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. During the 1960’s Charles and Elizabeth had three children, David, Millicent, and Matthew. Charles supported his family on the original paintings he sold.

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. Artwork he created towards the end of his life, is said by those who know him to be some of his best work, and all were made into canvas transfers or limited edition prints.

~ Consider a framed Charles Wysocki print for a gift idea this holiday season; a friend or family member will surely treasure the art for years to come.

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