Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale


Opening Reception Friday, November 16, 2018 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Sale Continues through Dec. 31.

Pennsylvania German folk art has been noted for its craftsmanship, whimsy, and vibrance. While often thought of as antiques, the artistry and craft remain a living tradition. One can find contemporary works for holiday gift giving during the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale, beginning with its opening reception from 6 to 8:30 pm on Friday, November 16.

“What is folk art? It is a term rooted in the tradition of art made for a purpose: a painted wooden chest, or a redware bowl,” says Emily Smucker Beidler, fraktur artist. “All of these things have a useful, practical purpose but show a sensitive attention to beauty as well.”

During the opening reception, there will be a chance to peruse the traditionally-inspired work and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.

“Our Folk Art show builds on this tradition of valuing thrift and creativity. The artists represented at our 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,” says Beidler.

Artists will sell traditional ceramics, including redware and slipware, as well as various fiber arts, wood work, ornaments, and other handwork. There will also be works of fraktur, the iconic decorative broken lettering distinctive of Pennsylvania German art, as well as Scherenschnitte, intricately cut paperwork.

The evening is free and open to the public. The Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale continues through December 29 during normal Society operating hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.