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New Framed Folk Art for Spring Decorating

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

As part of the Annual Spring Sale at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, customers can save on all items in the spring 2013 catalog, including our new spring decor. Among the new items this season, are two framed prints which both feature one of spring’s most notable animals.


Counting Sheep

Pictured here to the left is our Counting Sheep Print. The most recent addition to our wall art assortment, from folk artist Bonnie White. The colorful hillside village welcomes springtime with an abundance of newborn lambs. A horse drawn wagon stops in the dirt covered road, to let all the children take a look too. All the townspeople are excited about the seasonal activities taking place down on the farm. Set in a black frame with brown trim detail, this print is now on sale for just $89.95.

Bonnie White

This new piece of framed artwork has all the amazing attention to detail we have come to expect from artist Bonnie White. Bonnie painted as a child, however it wasn’t until after her youngest son entered kindergarten that she picked up a paint brush again. She began to explore craft shows and folk art galleries, realizing she very much enjoyed the style. Inspired by her childhood upbringing on her family’s horse farm in Canaan, NY and continued interest in historic homes, the ideas of what to paint were endless. Bonnie has also been recognized several times in Early American Life’s Directory of ‘traditional crafts for the holidays,’ being featured as a traditional artisan in America.

Symmetric Countryside

Shown here to the left is another new framed print for the spring season, our White House Print, by artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen. Not The White House of course, but a little white farm house set in a lush countryside. Simple and symmetric in its composition, our White House Print has a heartwarming appeal. Three sheep capture your attention as they leap across the foreground. The color palette consists mostly of red, white, blue and green; so as not to be difficult to blend with your other home decor. A textured finish with crackling in the background is achieved through a series of glazes that are appliedĀ over the original acrylic art. Customers can save $10 on this reproduction print at the low price of $69.95, now during our Annual Spring Sale.

Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Diane has actually been painting in her notable folk art style for over half her life. She received a B.F.A from Denison University, and today resides in Massachusetts. Her current inspiration stems from an interest in cultural and artistic history, American traditions, and her faith. Through exploration of the folk art style, Diane discovered her passion for still lifes, landscapes, needlework and more, from the 18th to 19th century time period in America. This talented artist has participated in various art shows and festivals around the Northeast, and like Bonnie White, her paintings are often showcased in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.


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New Folk Art from Artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Early American Portraiture

Pictured here to the left are our new Primitive Girl and Boy Portraits. Resembling typical portraiture from 17th and 18th century America, these reproduction paintings add colonial inspiration to your walls. The Primitive Boy stands with his canine friend in an open green field, that only seems possible when the land was less developed. Wearing traditional period clothing, the boy stares back at us with an omniscient gaze. Mirroring the young boy, the Primitive Girl spends her time with a cat instead. Holding a basket of flowers, she too shares an interesting facial expression.

With the appearance of an oil painting, the colors appear aged and weathered over time. A textured finish and crackling throughout the background further implies the likeness to a collector’s piece in a museum. Pairing the two framed prints together as shown, makes for a striking wall display. Both are set in a brown wood-look frame with a convenient wire hanger and are made here in the USA. Now during our Annual Spring Sale, customers can save $10 on each.

About the Artist: Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen is not new to Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, however we have recently added more of her artwork for the spring season. Diane has actually been painting in her notable folk art style for over half her life. She received a B.F.A from Denison University, and currently resides in Massachusetts. Her current inspiration stems from an interest in cultural and artistic history, American traditions, and her faith. After working in an antique shop, she started to paint what are known as naive portraits of children. This style is characterized by the somewhat “awkward” positions or expressions of the subjects, in addition to a simplistic approach. Through exploration of this style, Diane discovered her passion for still lifes, landscapes, needlework and more of the 18th to 19th century time period in America.

Antique Artwork for Your Walls

The crackling in the background of the framed prints above, is a result of Diane’s understanding of different folk art styles, textures and aged finishes. The Child Portraits and the Folk Art Cat Print shown here to the left, were originally created on either gessoed (chalky like plaster technique often used as a base in painting) fiberboard, wood, canvas, paper, or a plastic laminate. Diane uses acrylics that offer the appeal of an oil painting, as described on these new pieces of wall decor. She applies a series of glazes over the art to achieve their distinctive look. This talented artist has participated in various art shows and festivals around the Northeast, and her paintings are often showcased in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.


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