This blog comes a little late, though I had good intentions to finish it in time. The Highland County historical society is hosting a juried art show, The Barns of Highland County, which featured an opening reception in the Highland County historical museum on June 24. When I heard about it, I couldn’t make the deadline of June 1 for entry. However, I did bring three new paintings with me when I visited on June 24, which the organizer promptly identified and hung. Click here for more info from the Times-Gazette.
That Friday was another long barn-hunting day, a night in a log cabin – which had been on my bucket list forever – and finally a few hours at the reception. About a hundred people turned out to admire 19 pieces, including several by Joe Smith and Mike Bick, both highly-accomplished artists from Hillsboro.
The art exhibit will continue through the end of July. So, please consider stopping in to see not only my paintings but the others as well. The museum is conveniently located on Main Street (Rt 50) in Hillsboro, though hours are restricted. Be sure to check before you visit. Even though I spent a short time in the museum, I can vouch that it’s one of the best small-town museums in Ohio. Well worth a visit!
UPCOMING FUND RAISER – SEPTEMBER 24 – SAVE THE DATE!
Because the historical society was kind enough to connect me with Sandy Shoemaker, the best barn scout in Ohio, I’ve offered to contribute to a fund raiser with my paintings and essays. I’ll have 12 ready by September and the Times-Gazette newspaper will publish one of my barn essays a week up to the event. It’s a three or four course dinner, served outside a Highland County log cabin dating to 1830. There’s no cost for the dinner, though donations are accepted and appreciated. The auction follows. I’ve attached a PDF invitation (click here) and hope you can attend. But you must call to make a reservation – 937 393 3392.
I’ll spend much of this summer doing this series of paintings, making frames for them with wood the barn owners supplied, and writing essays, some of which have titles that may interest you – “Grandpa’s Barn,” “Hiestand’s Heritage,” “Moonlight Gardens,” and “Johnson’s Pride.” Stay tuned! I’ll even include a painting of the “Scary Barn,” at night, when it must have been really scary. Click here for the story.