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Decorating with Green for Renewal

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Folk Art Dog and Cat Pillows Why We Love Green

Green is a very popular color for decorating. Whether it is a painted green room or with green accents throughout your entire home, green is an extremely versatile color. Green symbolizes growth and rebirth within nature, particularly highlighted during the spring season.

This refreshing feeling can be carried over to the decor in your home with the use of green. Whether you go for bright greens, bold greens, or muted tones as shown in the sage hues in the image to the left, green can be used in any room in many ways. Add green to your curtains for a calming window treatment or in your bedroom for a nature inspired look. Let us take a moment to explore how Sturbridge Yankee showcases the color green.

Glider Rocker Set
Symbolic of Nature

As implied above, green represents the health and beauty of our earth, and thus all nature itself. Highlight the splendor of all things green with Apothecary Quilt Collection, seen here to the right. Light enough for summer or as an extra layer for chilly nights, the intricate design is inspired by vintage tin ceilings. Grazing Sheep Print showcases early spring blooming all around us, with sheep grazing peacefully amongst the forsythia flowers. Apple Centerpiece is naturally dried for extra appeal.

Apothecary Quilt Collection
Grazing Sheep Print Apple Centerpiece

Green Puzzle Piece Wall Frame Easy on the Eyes

Green is said to be one of the easiest colors on the eyes. It’s unique to any other color because our eyes actually use green to recognize and actually interpret the other colors in the spectrum. We know that green is calming and this is why each performance hall and theater has a “green room” to relax and calm performer’s nerves. Green Puzzle Piece Wall Frame interlocks with other puzzle piece frames for versatility. Orleans Curtain Fan Insert in sage is a wonderful option for a calming window treatment. Folk Art Dog Pillow features a richer sage hue for rustic appeal.

Folk Art Dog Pillow Orleans Curtains Fan Insert Sage

Many Shades of Green

Lighter greens are correlated with nature while the darker and deeper greens offer symbolism of wealth. Indoor/outdoor capable Green Floral Toss Pillow is made in the USA with a cheerful green color palette and fun floral print. Fern Garden Quilt Collection features soft, calming shades of sage and fern. Green Bunny Pillow offers comfort and charm, by artist Lisa Hilliker.

Green Bunny Pillow
Green Floral Toss Pillow Fern Garden Quilt Collection

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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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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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