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2013 Pennsylvania German Folk Art Show & Sale

November 15–December 31
Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Dazzling hand-made work by over two dozen local artists. The 2013 sale features:

  • Fiber Arts:   Lois Flickinger, Mary Anne King, Connie Lapp, Janet Mast, MJ Miller, Tina Sonnen, Marie Sugar
  • Fraktur:   P. J. Rankin Hults, Lynn Sommer, Dennis Stephan
  • Scherenschnitte:   Sandra Gilpin, Clifford Nevin
  • Ceramics: River Rat pottery, Wilz Pottery, Steve Witmer, Zettlemoyer Pottery
  • Carved Birds: Alan Kohr, Jim Murphy
  • Woodwork: American Art Traditions, Jay Brubaker, Jim King 
  • Hand Painted Ornaments: The Springerle House
Authentic Reproduction Folk Art, from Fraktur to Scherenschnitte

Fraktur and redware and scherenschnitte! Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s annual sale of Pennsylvania German folk art begins Friday, Nov. 15 at the Book and Museum Store. The exhibition begins 6:00-8:30 p.m., and continues through Dec. 31 during regular Society operating hours.

Approximately 20 local artists will display their wares, covering a broad swath of traditional art forms. This includes fraktur, a “broken” method of lettering originally developed to illuminate manuscripts; redware, low fired ceramics made with red clay; and scherenschnitte, intricate patterns and scenes cut out of paper. There will also be painted boxes, including traditional Dutch patterns and those featuring false graining, hand-woven textiles, and hand-quilted wall hangings. In addition to utilitarian offerings, some have a touch of whimsy, such as hand-carved wooden birds.

One set of artists is P. J. Rankin Hults Folk Art. This husband and wife team works out of their home and studio in Southern Lancaster County. Pam has explored the art forms of German scherenschnitte and fraktur since 1979. This journey developed her "hybrid" style that she uses today. The imagery is derived from historic research and some purely whimsical creations. Pam often uses the tools used for centuries in this art form, such as hand-dipped pen and ink, rag paper and custom blended watercolors. John constructs the frames and paints, grains and assembles the art for sale.

Of particular interest is the work of Jay Brubaker, who returns to the folk art sale after a three-year hiatus. He traces the heritage of his hand-turned saffron boxes to renowned Lancaster woodworker Joseph Lehn through his great-great-grandfather, Jacob Nissley Brubacher. Brubacher, a Mennonite bishop, visited Lehn beginning in 1874 and started producing saffron boxes himself. He later gave saffron boxes he produced as wedding gifts to couples he married.

All forms of artwork in the show originate in the communities of Swiss and German immigrants to Pennsylvania, where they were nurtured and preserved by isolation, first caused by pioneering settlement and later by inclination. They are marked by bold colors and elaborate decoration. Common motifs include birds and flowers.

At the opening reception, there will be time to peruse the traditional work. Also featured will be live music and light refreshments. The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is located at 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.

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