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Recently I had the honor of visiting with an American Folk Artist who paints and recreates Colonial Signs as well as other works of the Colonial Period to include painted furniture, blanket boxes, and many other painted items. These works help to preserve our heritage and allow new generations to discover these wonderful pieces of art. Many of the items recreated are from pieces on display at the American Folk Art Museum. Today there are only 100 Tavern Signs remaining due to weather damage and signs being repainted due to lack of materials during the Colonial Period. This artist captures and recreates these existing signs in exquisite detail and has designed many original works as well. From Tavern and Pharmacy Signs to Land Holder Markers, Restaurant and Inn Placards these pieces highly sought after for home decorating. The hand painted furniture ranges from dressers and hutches to crock stands, benches, and blanket boxes all are uniquely designed and painted with such detail that they are sold by Museum Gift Shops, Antiques Dealers, and Fine Furniture Stores.
Some of this American Folk Artists work is done on vintage pieces they collect, shown here is a small antique box that was hand painted to give it new life while staying true to historical pieces of the Colonial Period. These painted boxes were highly sought after and prized possessions in the Colonial Home being passed down generation after generation. The time and dedication to the craft of American Folk Art Paintings is amazing and shows in the work created. If you are interested in learning more about Colonial Reproduction Painting you can visit American Folk Artist Kathy Graybill’s Website at http://www.graybills-hiddentreasures.com.
Written by Tamara Pearce, owner of KKL Primitives