Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale

Opening Reception Friday, November 17, 2017 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Sale Continues through Dec. 31.

“What is folk art? It is a term rooted in the tradition of art made for a purpose: a beautiful quilt, a painted wooden chest, or a redware bowl,” says Emily Smucker Beidler, fraktur artist and folk art committee member. “All of these things have a useful, practical purpose but show a sensitive attention to beauty as well.” The Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale showcases modern pieces rooted in this same tradition. The sale begins with an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17.

Clarke Hess, in his authoritative book “Mennonite Arts,” notes, “Pennsylvania German arts have long been collected for their vibrant colors, their whimsical forms, and their exceptional craftsmanship.” This will be seen in the broad spectrum of traditional forms on display during the sale, produced by local artists. They include fraktur, a “broken” method of lettering originally developed to illuminate manuscripts; ceramics such as redware, low-fired ceramics made with red clay; and scherenschnitte, intricate patterns and scenes cut from paper and wood. There will also be hand-woven textiles, baskets, hex signs, and more.

Beidler says, “Our folk arts show builds on this tradition of valuing thrift and creativity. The artists represented at our annual Christmas show demonstrate a rootedness to the notion of crafts that serve utilitarian purposes as well as contemporary approaches to the tools and materials we have available today.”